Duke Global Health Institute Calls for Pilot Research Proposals

Deadline: May 15, 2017

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites research proposals building collaborative interdisciplinary research between DGHI investigators and researchers from one or more DGHI Priority Partnership Locations (PPL). Research should focus on at least one of DGHI’s identified Research Priorities with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding.

Eligible Applicants

Proposal teams must include one DGHI Faculty, and researchers from one or more Priority Partnership Locations. Proposals including two or more PPLs are encouraged. Proposals may include collaborators from other institutions as well. Junior faculty and faculty new to global health are strongly encouraged to submit proposals.


The budget may include: supplies; salary support for technicians, research assistants, and graduate students; research related travel (but not travel to scientific meetings); and other justifiable research expenses. Faculty salary and indirect costs are not allowable expenses. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 for one year. Smaller proposals for shorter periods are also encouraged.

Application Requirements

Applications must propose work in low and middle-income countries (a listing of eligible countries can be found at the World Bank website). Applicants are encouraged to identify collaborating in-country investigators, and should describe plans for how the results generated will be applied to obtain future external funding.

Cover Page. Must include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Name, title, departmental affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of all proposed investigators
  • Designation of a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigators

Abstract (250 words maximum)

Research plan (3 page maximum – single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins) including:

  • Statement of scientific objectives and their significance
  • Relevance to mission of the DGHI
  • Applicability of project goals to low and middle-income countries
  • Proposed methods and plans for data analysis (specific details recommended)
  • Work already completed related to the proposed work (if relevant)
  • Description of the research team and research setting, including in-country collaboration plan
  • Potential for future grant support

Appendix materials (1 page maximum each– single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins) including:

  • Research schedule and milestones
  • Letter of support from a collaborating researcher in a low or middle income country

Budget and justification (1 page maximum)

Curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch for each investigator including current grant support and limited to five pages for each investigator

Submission Format

Please combine all required elements into a single pdf document and submit via email to Kelly Deal with the subject line of “DGHI PPL Pilot Grant Submission.”


Application receipt date: May 15, 2017
Project start date: July 1, 2017


We welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. For advice about overseas sites where projects could be undertaken, linkages with potential overseas collaborators, advice on preparing budgets for international projects, and questions about biostatistical support, please contact:

Sarah Cao
Assistant Director, International Operations
Duke Global Health Institute Telephone
(919) 681-3135

Kelly Deal
MPH Assistant Director, Research
Duke Global Health Institute
Telephone (919) 681-7159