Funding Programs

CTSI Accelerator collaborates with partners at Duke and other institutions to provide researchers with funding opportunities for the entire translational spectrum.

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CTSI Transformative Funding Agreements (CTSI Accelerator)

  • Up to $500,000
  • Purpose: Support development of mature research with the potential to attract significant interest for external partnering, thus enabling and accelerating translation of research out of the academic environment (i.e. new company formation, license, or partnership).

Status: Applications for the 2020-2022 cycle are now open.

Optional Letter of Intent due: August 20, 2019
Application Submission Deadline: September 5, 2019

  Learn more and view the RFA  


CTSI Translational Accelerator Funding Agreements (CTSI Accelerator)

  • Up to $150,000
  • Purpose: Support for cross-disciplinary scientific research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease, clinical research/trials (excluding Phase 2 or beyond), epidemiological studies, and/or community-based research.

Status: 2019 applications are open.

Optional Letter of Intent due: August 20, 2019
Application Submission Deadline: September 5, 2019

  Learn more and view the RFA  


  • Up to $100,000 in direct costs. As many as four teams may be selected.
  • Purpose: To support research proposals that investigate and positively impact child health and the trajectory of health into adulthood.
  • Preference given to projects that involve a new collaboration, build a data resource that will facilitate high-impact child health research, and/or utilize existing data resources at Duke.

Status: Applications are now open. Deadline is September 10, 2019.

 View the RFP 

 

Duke Mobile App Gateway Funding Opportunity

The Mobile App Gateway (MAG), supported by CTSI, is now accepting proposals for projects looking to create native smartphone apps for clinical research studies. The awards will cover effort to build an app using new functionality for RedCap, called MyCap. MyCap is based on ResearchKit/Research Stack and can create iOS and Android apps.

Status: Applications are closed. The deadline was August 2, 2019.

Learn more and view the RFA


Duke/NC State Translational Research Agreement (CTSI Accelerator)

  • Up to $25,000 per institution ($50,000 total)
  • Purpose: Develop inter-institutional collaborations for new investigator teams conducting novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings.

Status: 2019 applications are closed. The deadline was May 2, 2019.

Learn more and view the RFA


  • Up to $25,000 per institution ($50,000 total)
  • Purpose: To support new inter-institutional collaborative research projects between Duke University and North Carolina Central University investigators.

Status: Currently closed. The deadline for Letters of Intent was March 26, 2019.

  Learn more and view the RFA  


CTSI Population Health Improvement Awards

Currently closed. The deadline for LOIs was January 31st, 2019.

Co-Development Awards

  • Encourages and facilitates new investigative community-academic partnerships designed to improve community health and may also include health research that advances the science of stakeholder and community-engaged research.
  • Up to $25,000
  • Mandatory Letter of Intent Deadline: January 31, 2019

Advanced Partnership Awards

  • Seeks to support joint research proposals from community organizations/groups and Duke researchers who have already developed innovations to address health problems and are ready to advance pilot testing these solutions through broader community-engaged implementation research studies.
  • Up to $25,000
  • Mandatory Letter of Intent Deadline: January 31, 2019

View the RFA for these awards


Population Health Improvement Collaboration Seed Awards

Applications accepted on a rolling basis

Small planning awards of $1,500 to community organizations and Duke investigators interested in working with the CTSI’s Community Engaged Research Initaitve (CERI) for guidance on developing impactful community-research partnerships and planning collaborative population health improvement research proposals that impact community and population health.

View the RFA for this award


Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Grants

  • No fixed award limit.  Approximately $700,000 is available annually to fund ~3-5 projects
  • Purpose: Support collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering and a clinical department in the Duke University Health System.

Status: 2019 funding applications are open December 3, 2018–March 7, 2019 

View the Call for Proposals here.


Duke/RTI Collaborative Translational Research Grants (CTSI Accelerator)

  • up to $25,000 per institution ($50,000 total)
  • Purpose: Develop inter-institutional collaborations for new investigator teams conducting novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings.

Status: 2018 application period is closed. The deadline for Letters of Intent was August 13, 2018.

  Learn more and view the RFA  


CTSI Special Populations Pilot Agreements (CTSI Accelerator)

  • up to $25,000
  • Purpose: Facilitate research that promotes health equity for groups who have traditionally been under-represented in health research or excluded altogether.

Status: 2018 application period is closed. The deadline for Letters of Intent was September 17, 2018.

  Learn more and view the RFA  


Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill CTSA Consortium Collaborative (CTSI Accelerator)

  • $25,000 per institution ($50,000 total)
  • Purpose: Develop inter-institutional collaborations for new investigator teams conducting novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings.

Status: The 2018 application period closed in October. Please check back in 2019 for new dates. 

  Learn more and view the RFA  

 


Carolinas Collaborative (CTSI Accelerator)

  • $25,000 per institution
  • Purpose: CTSAs at Duke, the Medical University of South Carolina, UNC-CH, and Wake Forest, have partnered with Health Sciences South Carolina to create a pilot program designed to encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. The research must use the component electronic health record data warehouses from at least two of the four CTSAs.

2018 Application period closed August 15, 2018. 

Key Application Dates

  • Informational Webinar: June 29, 2018 | 10:00–11:00 a.m. 
  • Application Submission Deadline: August 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Selection of Awardees: by September 30, 2018
  • Funding period: 12 months beginning no more than 60 days after notification of the award and ending no later than November 30, 2019.

View and download the RFA here.

Register for the informational webinar here.

​The slides will be made available for anyone who cannot join this optional educational event.
 
  • Up to $50,000 to one research team that includes one PI from the School of Medicine and one PI from Pratt School of Engineering
  • Purpose: To support pilot studies that lead to the development of diagnostics, prognostics, or biomarkers for early life risk factors for disease or biological processes associated with diseases that initiate early in life, or methods/technologies to detect exposures that influence childhood or life-long health.

Status: 2018 Application period closed June 5, 2018.

 View the RFP 


CTSI Population Health Improvement Awards

  • Three-tiered program with awards from $1,000 to $25,000
  • Purpose: Seed, Co-development, and Advanced Partnership Awards to stimulate and foster community-research partnerships that advance solutions to improve local health and healthcare delivery. 

Status: The 2018 application period closed February 22, 2018. Applications will reopen in early 2019.

 

 

The CTSI Pilot Programs are funded primarily through Duke’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) UL1TR002553.