Duke Funding Opportunities

Duke School of Medicine Biomedical Ph.D. Student Research Pilot Grants

The Duke University School of Medicine Office of Biomedical and Graduate Education (OBGE) and Precision Genomics Collaboratory are pleased to announce pilot grants that are open to all SOM Biomedical PhD students. The goal of these grants is to support our students in scientific and educational efforts to bolster their graduate training experiences. These funds can be used for either research or professional development, for example, for travel to conferences, educational opportunities/seminars, new experiments to generate preliminary data, etc.Open to all Duke School of Medicine Ph.D. students interested in genomic/omics sciences. Three awards of $2,000 will be awarded each year with rolling deadlines in February, June and October.
Next deadline: June 15, 2021

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Duke Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) in Brain Cancer Career Enhancement Program

The Career Enhancement Program (CEP) of the Duke University SPORE in Brain Cancer supports promising individual or collaborative pilot research projects that have a translational potential and are likely to generate new knowledge with a high
probability to impact the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of adult and/or pediatric brain tumors. In accordance with NIH provisions, all funded CEP projects that have strong translational potential may become full projects in the SPORE. Awards are up to $100,000.
Stage 1 deadline: June 11, 2021 at noon

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Duke Specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) in Brain Cancer Developmental Research Program

The Developmental Research Program of the Duke University SPORE in Brain Cancer supports promising individual or collaborative pilot research projects that have a translational1 potential and are likely to generate new knowledge with a high
probability to impact the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of adult and/or pediatric brain tumors. In accordance with NIH provisions, all funded DRP projects that have strong translational potential may become full projects in the SPORE. Innovative, high risk/high gain projects are encouraged. We particularly encourage women and minority investigators, investigators from minority and other area institutions, as well as individuals who have not previously worked in the brain tumor field to apply. Applications for scientific teams and scientists exploring new areas of investigation are encouraged.
Stage 1 deadline: June 11, 2021 at noon

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Science & Engineering and Medical Research Programs -- Phase I

The Science and Engineering Research Program seeks to benefit humanity by supporting high-risk/high-impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm. Past grants have been awarded to support pioneering science and engineering research and the development of promising new technologies, instrumentation, or methodologies. 

The Medical Research Program seeks to advance the frontiers of medicine to benefit humanity by supporting high-risk/high-impact projects that are distinctive and novel in their approach to intractable problems, push the edge of their field, or question the prevailing paradigm. Past grants have supported pioneering biological research, basic research, and the development of promising new technologies. The Keck Foundation does NOT fund work that is clinical, applied, or translational, treatment trials, or research for the sole purpose of drug development.  

Both senior and early career investigators are encouraged to apply. Team approaches, including interdisciplinary teams, are encouraged. Awards are up to $100,000.
Deadline: June 25

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Genetic Discovery in Rare Diseases Pilot Grant RFA

The Duke School of Medicine Precision Genomics Collaboratory in collaboration with the Duke Center for Combinatorial Gene Regulation (CCGR): A Center of Excellence for Genomic Science (CEGS), is offering pilot grants to investigators to study the role of whole exome and whole genome sequencing in human cohorts with rare diseases. Open to investigators at all stages in their career including trainees with relevant human biospecimens for exome/genome sequencing and/or who have identified a noncoding variant in a rare disease and would like to perform functional follow-up. Awards are up to $20,000
Deadline: June 30, 2021

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Duke/UNC ADRC Norins Pilot Awards

The Duke University and the University of North Carolina Alzheimer’s Disease Research Collaborative (Duke/UNC ADRC) brings together leading researchers in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias across two major research institutions. The purpose of these pilot awards is to stimulate and support collaborative, innovative research on the potential role of microbes or pathogens in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Their ultimate purpose is to reduce the burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias regionally and nationally. Successful applications will propose feasible projects or experiments to test specific hypotheses, generate strong preliminary data, or develop a critical resource to advance this field of inquiry. All types of researched from any points along the translational spectrum are welcome. Awards are $50,000
Letter of Intent deadline: July 12

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North Carolina Diabetes Research Center Pilot Grants 

The goal of the North Carolina Diabetes Research Center (NCDRC) is to increase the impact of the already important diabetes research ongoing at Duke University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), and Wake Forest School of Medicine (WF). Each has rich resources and outstanding investigators, and the NCDRC represents a timely opportunity to enhance interactions among these research communities and expand unique capabilities at each site to their neighboring campuses. The mission of the NCDRC is to provide investigators, both established in or new to diabetes research, with access to powerful research technologies to enhance the impact of their work, as well as to connect investigators with collaborators, both at intra - and inter-institutional levels, to broaden the scope of their projects.  
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 25, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Full Application Deadline: October 20, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
Project Start Date: April 1, 2022

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Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT) Fellowship 2021-2022

The Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies (CAGT) is pleased to announce the CAGT Fellowship 2021- 2022. These fellowships will support postdoctoral trainees conducting research to develop genomic technologies and methods for associated computational analyses as well as applying these genomic technologies to basic and applied biomedical sciences. Each fellow will receive two years of support and will be able to participate in mentored research and CAGT programming, including an annual symposium, seminars, career development activities and more. Collaborative, interdisciplinary projects that cross multiple labs will be prioritized.   
Deadline: August 31, 2021

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