RFP: Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI)/MEDx Pilot Research Grant

March 14, 2018


The Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative (CHDI) and MEDx are pleased to announce a request for proposals to develop diagnostics, prognostics, or biomarkers for disease states that initiate early in life, or environmental sampling methods/technologies for exposures that influence childhood and/or life-long health (please see the CHDI website).

The molecular underpinnings of diseases such as asthma, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and neuropsychiatric diseases originate in pre- and early postnatal life.  These biological processes can be exacerbated by extrinsic factors such as environmental exposures, socio-economic status, and stress, resulting in adult diseases that represent substantial health care and economic burdens. By developing tools to identify risk factors and early disease processes, or to measure environmental exposures and impact on disease progression, we can improve the health and well-being of children and society as a whole.

One proposal will be chosen to receive funding of up to $50,000 (direct costs only). The proposed research should be appropriate to the budget and should be able to be accomplished within one year.

View the RFP for full proposal scope, eligibility, requirements, and submission instructions.

Application deadline: June 5, 2018


  • Proposals must be submitted by Duke regular rank faculty and comply with the Duke University Policy on PI Status in the Duke Faculty Handbook.
  • More than one proposal may be submitted per faculty member acting as PI, but the faculty member is only eligible to receive one award as PI during a given funding cycle.
  • Research teams must include at least one investigator with an appointment in Duke School of Medicine and at least one investigator with an appointment in the Pratt School of Engineering

Application Submission

CHDI and MEDx use the MyResearchProposal online application software to submit applications.

  • To apply visit http://bit.ly/myresearchproposal, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account). Proposals must be submitted to the system by only one of the Principal Investigators.
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review the guide here.
  • Enter Access Code “MEDx” and follow the instructions.

More Information

For additional information on this funding opportunity, please contact Jillian Hurst or Donna Crenshaw.

View the RFP