2018 TROSA Scholars @ Duke Pilot Research Program

Call for Proposals

June 20, 2018

We are pleased to announce the inaugural TROSA Scholars @ Duke Pilot Research program—a joint effort between Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA) and the Addiction Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. Faculty and postdoctoral fellows from across Duke University are encouraged to apply.

TROSA is a comprehensive, long-term, residential substance abuse recovery program located in Durham, North Carolina. Throughout its 24 year history, TROSA has provided services to thousands of individuals from across the United States, and is supported itself through a unique combination of philanthropy and resident-run businesses. It has substantially changed the life-course of its residents and their families and communities.

The goal of the TROSA SCHOLARS @ DUKE Pilot Research program is to fund innovative and high impact research that can increase understanding of 1) TROSA’s impact on the lives of its residents, their families and the community and/or 2) TROSA’s service delivery and nonprofit business models. Research that seeks to modify or improve TROSA service delivery and operations or develop opportunities for healthcare training in the context of TROSA is also invited. Research that seeks to study TROSA residents as research participants, but does not make clear how the research will have a sustained and meaningful impact on the lives of residents or TROSA services or operations, will not be responsive. Examples of responsive research include (but are not limited to):

  1. Studies of TROSA treatment outcomes including identification of individual differences and treatment-level factors that predict outcomes;
  2. Analysis of the influence of state and national health policies on TROSA resident characteristics (e.g. demographics, drugs of abuse) and outcomes;
  3. Business case study analysis of TROSA;
  4. Development and evaluation of novel programs for training health care professionals in the context of TROSA;
  5. Demonstration projects that improve TROSA service delivery or operations.    

It is expected that funded projects will result in published research. Recipients will also be expected to present their findings at a special symposium. Finally, recipients of this award will become TROSA Scholars @ Duke alumni and will be expected participate in further shaping the program and selecting future recipients.

We are pleased to announce that in 2018, we will fund one, one-year project in the amount of $20,000.

Important information:

  1. Applicants are encouraged to read and review program details and requirements below. Questions regarding eligibility and requirements should be addressed to Dr. Amir Rezvani at azadi@duke.edu.
  2. TROSA serves a vulnerable population and proposals must take efforts to protect the privacy and rights of these individuals. The integrity and reputation of TROSA also requires protection. In addition to acquiring all necessary IRB approvals, successful proposals will fully engage TROSA leadership, staff and residents in the research process. Proposals must include detailed, specific plans for engaging with TROSA leadership and staff in the development and coordination of data collection; and analysis, interpretation and publication of results. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to develop plans for including relevant TROSA leadership and staff as co-authors on resulting presentations and publications. TROSA leadership reserves the right to review all abstracts, presentations and publications prior to submission.
  3. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged and TROSA welcomes pre-proposal discussions regarding proposal ideas, availability of data, and project logistics. Please contact TROSA Chief Program Officer, Karen Kelley at 919-419-1059 or kkelley@trosainc.org to set up a meeting regarding your proposal ideas. 


All applications must be received via email to rachel.kozink@duke.edu by Midnight, August 30, 2018.


Any regular rank faculty member or postdoctoral fellow at Duke University is encouraged to apply. Project teams also may consist of undergraduates mentored and supervised by regular rank faculty. Combining TROSA SCHOLARS @ DUKE with other programs (e.g. Bass Connections) is encouraged.


  • Applications may request up to $20,000 to support a 1-year research project;
  • Funds may be used for PI/staff effort as appropriate (minimum PI effort = 1%), equipment, subject reimbursements, and any other direct costs related to the conduct of the research;
  • Total award cannot exceed $20,000 (direct costs). The 15% School of Medicine assessment on dispersed funds will be covered through the Addiction Division;
  • Research activities and budgeting will be overseen by appropriate IRB and CRU policies;


Please carefully read and review the application requirements listed below. Incomplete or incorrectly formatted applications will not be reviewed. All materials should be compiled into a single PDF file for submission comprised of:

  • Project abstract;
  • NIH-formatted biosketch or CV of the applicant and any key personnel;
  • A brief 2-page (0.5” margins, 11 pt font minimum) rationale and description of the proposed work that describes rationale, approach and potential impact;
  • A 1-page budget and budget justification. This section should also include information about other funds available to the PI, including discretionary or other funds that may be available for this project;
  • Names of at least 2 reviewers who are not active collaborators and whose primary appointment is outside of Duke University.


Submitted applications will be assigned to appropriate reviewers within and outside of Duke University.  Addiction Division and TROSA Leadership will also review the proposals.

Applications will be reviewed in the August-September 2016 timeframe with anticipated notification of awards in September.


Awardees will be required to provide a mid-year progress report approximately 6 months from the time of award and a final report at the conclusion of the project. Awardees will be scheduled to present at a special Addiction Division sponsored symposium within 1 year after the award on the results of their project.

Questions? Contact Dr. Amir Rezvani at azadi@duke.edu.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged and TROSA welcomes pre-proposal discussions regarding proposal ideas, availability of data, and project logistics.

Please contact TROSA Chief Program Officer, Karen Kelley, to set up a meeting regarding your proposal ideas. 
Karen Kelley | 919-419-1059 | kkelley@trosainc.org