Duke Center for REACH Equity Awards now accepting applications

Research Vouchers, Scholars Development, and Think Tank Awards

July 13, 2018

The Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is committed to supporting investigators at every career stage who are interested in conducting research which promotes health equity. 

REACH Equity is seeking applications for three funding opportunities:  Research Vouchers Program will supplement currently funded research, or support standalone research projects conducted by faculty at any level and broadly related to the REACH Equity theme completed over one year. Research Scholars Development Program is intended to support early-stage investigators (trainees, postdoctoral students) who are interested in conducting health disparities research.  Scholars work with a faculty mentor (identified by the trainee) to develop a research proposal and complete a project over one or two years. Transdiciplinary Think Tanks (TTT) provide support for one year to bring together faculty across disciplines who have a common interest in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the clinical encounter.  The TTTs aim to catalyze and support research related to the REACH Equity theme and to foster collaboration among health disparities researchers across Duke University.

The theme for the REACH Equity center is to address racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter–a setting in which racial and ethnic disparities are well-documented. 

Applicants for the three awards should propose research broadly related to the theme.  Proposals may include any research method (quantitative, qualitative, etc.) idea, but should clearly focus on issues related to addressing racial and ethnic disparities or improving underrepresented racial and ethnic populations health in the clinical setting.  Projects must be completed within the one year funding period for Research Vouchers and Transdisciplinary Think Tanks, and up to two years for the Research Scholars Development program.

We plan to fund REACH Equity Research Vouchers up to $12,500, Research Scholar Awards up to $5,000, and Transdisciplinary Think Tanks up to $1,500. 


  • Applications open: July 9
  • Application submission deadline: September 3
  • Funding announcement: Early October
  • Funding begins: October 2018

If you have questions about these awards or about alignment of your research question with the RFA, please contact cheryl.j.miller@duke.eduto schedule a call with REACH Equity faculty. Please visit the links below for additional information and how to apply for specific REACH Equity Awards:

Research Vouchers Program (faculty at any rank) 

Research Scholars Development Program (residents, fellows, postdoctoral students, nursing trainees with a research or health professional degree or equivalent) 

Transdisciplinary Think Tanks (teams of investigators)