Open Grants (for North Carolina Long-term Economic Advancement)

The Open Grants Program allows applicants to apply for Golden LEAF funding throughout the year. Eligible applicants are governmental entities and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

The Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects that show the most potential for strengthening North Carolina’s economy, especially in tobacco-dependent, economically distressed, and/or rural communities.

Golden LEAF has identified quantitative outcomes for each priority area used to measure the success of a project in achieving the mission of Golden LEAF. Competitive applications will typically include projections for one or more of these measures to assess project success.

The Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project

We invite proposals from faculty members that engage topics related to issues of social justice, voting rights and/or the public histories of Duke’s and Johnson C. Smith’s campuses and their urban partners. Oral histories, digital storytelling and archival research will be encouraged, with a focus on digital preservation of the projects and stories collected. Digital projects can take the form of digital interactive maps, community storytelling walks and the collection of oral histories in various formats.

Please submit proposal information by May 1, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Apply here.

Duke-NC State Collaborative Translational Research Grant

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), the academic home of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) pilot funding program at Duke University, is partnering with NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), as well as NC State's Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI), to support inter-institutional collaborative research teams.

This pilot program is designed to facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. Projects must demonstrate stakeholder engagement and high translational potential with a clear path for continued development to move into clinical practice, generate new clinical guidelines, or other applications via subsequent grant support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, an evidence base that changes practices, or other channels. Each institution will support the research activities of its respective investigators. Duke CTSI and NC State will each fund up to $25,000 direct costs, for a total of $50,000 per project. Application Submission Deadline is June 14, 2022.


BIRCWH Call for Applications

he BIRCWH Program provides advanced training, mentoring, and career guidance for junior faculty leading to an independent interdisciplinary scientific career. BIRCWH research spans the entire spectrum of women’s health topics, and the program is open to all types of disciplines, clinicians and non-clinicians.

BIRCWH scholars receive salary support (up to $100,000 per year) for a minimum of two years and must dedicate 75% of full professional effort (9 person months; 50% effort, 6 person months for surgical specialties) to research and professional development related to their BIRCWH project. The award also includes funds for research support and travel. Scholars work closely with at least two mentors, one of whom is outside of their primary field. At least one mentor must be from the approved mentors list.Letter of Intent should be sent in as soon as possible; applications are due Friday, March 18, 2022.


MEDx Colloquia

Each year, MEDx opens a call for funding on our take of colloquium. In the past, we have supported a series of dinner meetings that brought together investigators from different disciplines and provided them the opportunity to introduce their research to build collaborations, hosted a three-day meeting to outline a grant proposal (including a break for a Durham Bulls game), and hosted lunch time meetings to explore interest in new area of research. While applications that explore any topic at the intersection of medicine and engineering are welcomed, this year MEDx has a particular interest in programs that network people who are interested in the convergence of the environment, engineering, and health.

Applicants may request up to $2,500 in funding. With sufficient justification and community engagement, MEDx may consider awards of up to $5,000. We also welcome requests to co-sponsor colloquia with campus groups interested in pursuing larger opportunities to build community at the intersection of medicine and engineering.Deadline to apply is March 7, 2022.

Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Grants

The Wallace H. Coulter Endowment at Duke University provides funding to support collaborative translational research projects that involve Duke faculty from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and a clinical department in the School of Medicine. The Wallace H. Coulter Endowment provides approximately $700,000 for direct costs each year to support the translation of projects. Typically, three to five grants are funded each cycle. Grant sizes have varied from $40,000 to $330,000. Award amounts vary based upon amount requested and budget evaluation of the Oversight Committee. Full Proposals are due March 3, 2022

Duke University Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Nominations are being accepted through Tuesday, March 1, 2022 for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Nominations from Duke members and non-Duke members are welcome. The form is available here.

In 2003, Duke University re-joined approximately 50 other Southern universities in presenting the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. This award program, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, recognizes one graduating senior and one member of the faculty, staff (House Staff included), or graduate student body of Duke University or Duke Health for their outstanding commitment to service.

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM

Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. CCE STEM solicits proposals for research that explores the following: ‘What constitutes responsible conduct for research (RCR), and which cultural and institutional contexts promote ethical STEM research and practice and why?'

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Research Awards Program

DIBS has two competitive awards that aim to encourage innovative approaches to problems that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines, integrating the brain sciences with the social sciences, physical sciences, gene sciences, humanities, law, business, public policy, mathematics, computer science and engineering. The DIBS Research Incubator Awards provide up to $100,000 for one year (non-renewable) to support research projects involving interdisciplinary, collaborative brain science research within Duke. The DIBS Research Germinator Awards provide up to $25,000 and are designed to support smaller, targeted requests for training, pilot data, salary and/or equipment that would facilitate new research and lead to new external funding.

Energy Research Seed Fund

Duke University's Energy Research Seed Fund kick-starts new multidisciplinary research teams. This helps Duke researchers obtain important preliminary results they can use to secure external funding.

Faculty Advancement Seed Grant Program

These seed grants are intended to provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units (schools, departments, divisions, centers, institutes) aiming to foster a sense of community and build faculty networks.

Intellectual Community Planning Grants

The Provost’s Office is offering support to Duke faculty who are interested in convening a group of colleagues to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared intellectual interest. ICPGs are aimed at faculty groups in the initial stages of exploration of a topic, to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared intellectual interest, and thus provide a smaller level of initial funding ($1,000 - $5,000).

Office of Physician-Scientist Development

The Office of Physician-Scientist Development offers Request For Applications (RFAs) to support medical student research, technician support and/or small grant programs. The list includes weekly opportunities, awards, and programs. 

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Awards for Faculty 

BWF’s financial support is channeled primarily through competitive peer-reviewed award programs. BWF makes grants primarily to degree-granting institutions on behalf of individual researchers. To complement these competitive award programs, BWF also makes grants to nonprofit organizations conducting activities intended to improve the general environment for science. BWF believes that a diverse scientific workforce is essential to the process and advancement of research innovation, academic discovery, and public service.