Core Facility Voucher Program

The School of Medicine departments, institutes and centers oversee a wide range of research core facilities. To enable investigators to access these services for exciting new studies that are not yet externally funded, the School offers a regular School of Medicine Core Facility Voucher Program.

This joint program with the School of Medicine (SOM), the Office of the Provost, and Duke Research Computing/Office of Information Technology will offer vouchers in amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000, redeemable for provision of services at School of Medicine core facilities/shared resources. The sources of funding are from the School of Medicine and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR).

All core facilities/shared resources that provide services open to faculty members on a fee-for-service basis are eligible for participation in this program. No more than two facilities can be included in a single proposal. The Biostatistics Core Shared Resource is not a fee-for-service core and is not eligible for this program.

View the list of eligible cores on the School of Medicine's website.

Applications for the Fall 2017 Core Facility Voucher Program are now closed, but new application dates will be announced in Spring 2018.


Vouchers in any category of research will be awarded to faculty at the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level with primary appointments in the School of Medicine or Campus departments.

  • School of Medicine faculty will be eligible for awards made from School of Medicine funds.
  • Faculty outside the School of Medicine will be eligible for for awards made from OVPR funds. Proposals with Campus faculty as co-PI with SoM faculty will be eligible for SoM funds.
  • Investigators previously awarded a voucher are eligible to apply for and receive a new voucher if the work proposed is signifcantly and scientifically distinct from previous applications.

Application Process

Complete applications will include a one-page proposal describing the research question to be investigated, rationale, proposed plan, and justification for amount requested (11 pt font, 0.5" margins), and a brief letter from the core facility director attesting to the availability of the proposed technical service. Applications are limited to one per investigator, and only new applications will be considered.

The School of Medicine uses the myRESEARCHproposal online application software to receive applications. A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via myRESEARCHproposal is available.

Lists of Previous Award Recipients

View the full list of voucher-awarded projects.