Get Funding for Global Health Capacity-Building With Partners

Duke Global Health Institute logo.

Deadline: November 20, 2023

In support of our vision to “seek to achieve health equity for vulnerable groups and individuals around the world,” the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams led by regular rank faculty with a DGHI affiliation to submit proposals designed to enhance research, implementation and/or clinical capacity in global health.

Capacity-building, defined by the UN, is “the process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in a fast-changing world.”

Applications should address how the pilot project will focus on capacity-building that enables partners to successfully apply for external funding as well as improve research and/or clinical operations.

Visit the grants and funding page on DGHI’s website and view details about this opportunity, including information on how to apply.


Kelly Deal

Propose a Bass Connections Project for 2024-2025

Aerial view of Duke chapel and west campus; text: Bass Connections.

Deadline: November 6, 2023

Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for 2024-2025 projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. Please see the project proposal guidelines. The deadline to propose a project is November 6 at 5 p.m.

Projects may be proposed in relation to one or more of the six interdisciplinary themes of Bass Connections, or to Bass Connections Open – a channel that invites proposals that align with the model of Bass Connections but otherwise fall outside the parameters of the existing themes.



Duke faculty, postdocs, graduate/professional students and trainees/fellows may propose projects; all projects must have at least one faculty leader.

Bring Your Questions to Drop-in Office Hours

Interested project leaders, particularly those who have never led a Bass Connections team, are encouraged to contact a Bass Connections theme leader or Laura Howes (Director, Bass Connections) with questions or to discuss potential project ideas. Faculty can also discuss potential ideas or ask questions during our drop-in office hours (

  • Thursday, September 14, 10-11 a.m.
  • Friday, September 29, 11-12 p.m.
  • Monday, October 16, 1-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 1, 1-2 p.m.

Special Opportunities for 2024-2025

When completing a proposal, faculty may choose to take advantage of the following opportunities. Please note that applying for these opportunities will not increase your project budget, but rather may increase the likelihood that your project will be selected by allowing us to leverage funds designated for a specific purpose.

  • Joint proposals for a Bass Connections project and a Summer 2024 Data+ project: You may propose a Data+ project for Summer 2024 linked to a year-long Bass Connections project through the Bass Connections RFP. You do not need to complete a separate application for Data+. Data+ is also accepting proposals for Climate+, a “vertical theme” focused on applying data-driven approaches to climate, environment and energy research. Please contact Paul Bendich or Gregory Herschlag with questions about Data+.
  • Ethics: Funds are available to support projects that address ethical issues, broadly conceived, with a preference for projects that focus on the climate crisis; racial equity; inequities in health and wealth; civil discourse and democracy; global migration and refugees; and urbanization and the urban/rural divide. Please contact David Toole to discuss project ideas that might align with this area.
  • Arts & Humanities: Funds are available to support projects in any area of research related to the arts and the humanities. Please contact Christina Chia or Victoria Szabo to discuss ideas for potential humanities projects.

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Call for Faculty Proposals: DukeEngage Programs

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Deadline: August 30, 2023

DukeEngage is seeking proposals for new faculty-led programs in the U.S. and abroad for summers 2024 and 2025.

DukeEngage consists of more than 20 eight-week, faculty-led summer programs, each enabling small groups of students and faculty to collaborate with a community to address critical societal needs through an immersive summer of community engagement. Each program centers around a societal theme — for example, education, engineering, environment, health, human rights, migration, race, social enterprise, and so on.

DukeEngage is seeking new programs. We are especially interested in proposals that focus on healthcare; food; engineering; the climate crisis; energy, environment, and sustainability; racial equity; inequities in health and wealth; civil discourse and democracy; and urbanization and the urban/rural divide.

Programs can be located anywhere in the world that are not on Duke’s restricted regions list, but we are hoping to build out a portfolio of programs in Durham, elsewhere in North Carolina, and in the rural U.S. Proposals that build connections to other signature programs—e.g., Bass Connections, the Duke + programs, and the Global Health Student Research Training Program (SRT)—are also especially welcome.

Proposals for a Summer 2024 program are due August 30.

For faculty wanting to explore the possibility of a program in Summer 2025, DukeEngage has site exploration funding for logistical research and relationship building with potential partners. We will entertain exploration grants up to $5,000 per program. Site exploration funds can be requested at any time during the year. To request site exploration funds, please send a query to

The Basics

  • Most programs range in size from four to eight students; some are larger.
  • The core of the program for students is full-time work with one or more community organizations for eight weeks. Some programs disperse students among multiple organizations, while others work as a team with one organization.
  • Each program begins with a mutually beneficial partnership between a faculty Program Director and one or more community organizations. Student work must be guided by the community and may consist of direct service, project work, advocacy, or community-based research.
  • Work is accompanied by cultural immersion and regular, intentional critical reflection.
  • 2024 programs can run between May 10 – August 16, 2024.
  • DukeEngage hires site coordinators who will be on site for the full eight weeks. Faculty must spend at least the first two weeks on site.
  • The program is fully funded for all participants. In addition to travel and living expenses, program budgets include a small allotment for cultural enrichment.
  • The DukeEngage Program Director role description and general timeline of responsibilities can be found here. Faculty compensation is provided in the form of supplemental summer salary.
  • Additional program development considerations can be found here.


We especially value programs that have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Arise from existing partnerships
  • Focus on a new or compelling theme
  • Are in a location where there are currently no other repeating DukeEngage programs

Proposals should include:

  • Faculty director(s) + contact information
  • Location (city/community, state, country)
  • Theme (see our website for examples; new themes are welcome)
  • How long you envision being on site beyond the first two weeks.
  • Potential partner organizations
  • Potential full-time student projects/work
  • Brief description of the community
  • Your prior experience in the proposed community
  • Potential prerequisites (language, skills) or academic connections for students

We’re happy to be a sounding board as you consider a proposal. Send any questions you might have to Inga Peterson ( Once we receive your proposal, we will be in touch for more details.

See the DukeEngage website for more information.

Social Science Research Funding Available for Duke Faculty

Graphic of a tree and its roots on green background with text: SSRI Grant Program 2023.

Deadline: September 11, 2023

The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) invites grant applications from Duke University faculty to study social science research topics of their choice. The size of the grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000, and SSRI anticipates providing at least $100,000 through this program. The number and size of grants awarded will depend upon the applications received.

This is an open call for research in the social sciences—tell us what research you want to dohow this funding will help you to do that work, and what research product this grant will enable or enhance (paper, chapter, grant proposal, book proposal, etc.). If faculty intend to use this grant to fund preliminary work for a larger grant application, SSRI will help to develop your grant writing plans, including identifying grant opportunities if that is useful to you. It is not a requirement to view this funding as preliminary work for a grant application.

Who is eligible to apply

Faculty in the social science departments in the college of Arts and Sciences, and social scientists in the Schools of Divinity, Fuqua, Law, Nicholas and Sanford are eligible to apply. Faculty in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine can apply only in conjunction with a faculty member in one of the above departments or schools. Faculty from other Arts and Sciences departments may apply with permission if they are addressing a social science topic; interested faculty should write a short email to to get approval to apply.
  • Proposal deadline: September 11, 2023
  • Funding notification: late September 2023
  • Acceptable start dates: as early as October 2, 2023 and as late as June 1, 2024 (grants will run for one year)

Submission requirements

  • Single PDF that contains the following information: (100 word abstract that states research question(s) to be answered
  • 1-page single space proposal that says how the money will help provide an answer(s)
  • Budget requested, with a 1 paragraph justification *note whether this grant is a seed project

Money can be used for any approved Duke Research expenditure, including course buy out and staff funding. SSRI may be able to help link faculty with graduate students at a subsidized rate in addition to this grant program.

Submit proposals to:

If this is of interest or you have questions/concerns, please reach out to SSRI Director Don Taylor at

SSRI is dedicated to facilitating research and helping social scientists thrive in their intellectual endeavors. Our motto is, “Projects Grow Here. Connecting researchers in the social sciences.”

Grants awarded in 2022

African & African American Studies and Cultural Anthropology
Anne-Maria B. Makhulu
“The Olive Morris Project”

African & African American Studies
Michaeline A. Crichlow
“Vistas, Violence, and The Politics of Place”

Cultural Anthropology and Global Health
Harris Solomon
Department of Medicine
Neelima Navuluri
Peter Kussin
Charles William Hargett
“Frontline Labor and Critical Care: An Ethnography of ICU Work During COVID-19”

Cultural Anthropology
Orin Starn
“Amazon in Durham: Race, Class, and Consumerism”

Norbert Wilson
Public Policy
Lisa Gennetian
Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Alicia Kunin-Batson
School of Medicine and Public Policy
Laura Stilwell
“Investigating the evolution and influences of spending patterns among low-income mothers receiving an unconditional cash transfer”

Divinity School
Wylin Wilson
“A Womanist Framework for Fair Trade”

Modibo Sidibe
“Mobile voting technology that uses mobile devices to cast ballots in Mali”

Ines Black and Sharique Hasan
“Hunting for talent: firm-driven labor market search in the United States”

Law School
Jeff Ward
“What are the salient barriers to effective justice technology innovation within the legal industry?”

Liberal Studies
Anne Mitchell Whisnant
“Black Communities and Blue Ridge Parkway Land Acquisition, 1933-1945”

Psychology and Neuroscience
Eve Puffer
“Coping Together”

Psychology and Neuroscience
Sarah Gaither
“Understanding the development of Latino self-identification and its’ psychological consequences”

Public Policy
Sarah Komisarow
“Supporting Children’s Mental Health in K-12 Public Schools: Adding to the Evidence-Base in North Carolina”

Public Policy
Robyn C. Meeks
“Testing whether transparency, information, and financial interventions can shift norms and reduce CO2 emissions in Pakistan”

Public Policy
Christopher Sims
“Measuring German Cultural Connections in Santa Catarina, Brazil”
*funded in partnership with the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)

Public Policy
Simon Miles
Triangle Institute for Security Studies
Susan Colbourn
“Nuclear Alliances”
*funded in partnership with the America in the World Consortium

Public Policy and Psychology and Neuroscience
Anna Gassman-Pines
Public Policy
Elizabeth Gifford
Public Policy and Economics
Marcos Rangel
Public Policy
Sarah Dickerson
Public Policy and Sociology
Warren Lowell
“Rental Housing Sales, Racial-Ethnic Inequality in Housing Insecurity, and Educational Disadvantage”

Social Science Research Institute and Psychology and Neuroscience
Patty Van Cappellen
“Studying the effects of reminding religious people of the benevolence of God on their positive emotions (i.e., awe, hope) and well-being”

Ashley Harrell
“Resource inequality and homophily in networked collective action groups”

Lynn Smith-Lovin
“Gender Norm Violations and Race”

Duke Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
Yingwei Yang
Charmaine Royal
“Using photovoice to explore the perceptions of “race” and “racial equity” among Duke students and Durham residents”

Learn more on the Social Science Research Institute website.

Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project: Call for 2023-24 Proposals/Fellows

Black and white photo of a young Black woman (Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke) leaning against a wall in front of a sign reading Sarah P. Duke Gardens, with view of Duke University chapel spire in background. Logos of Duke and Johnson C. Smith University. Text: The Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project.

Deadline: May 31, 2023

Thanks to funding from The Duke Endowment, Duke University and Johnson C. Smith University are accepting proposals from faculty at both institutions as part of the Wilhelmina M. Reuben-Cooke Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices Project. Faculty recipients will serve as Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke Fellows.


Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke was one of the first African American students admitted to Duke University in 1963. She went on to have a distinguished legal career as a lawyer and a law professor. In her personal and professional life, Ms. Reuben-Cook exemplified resilience, leadership and the empowerment of historically excluded communities. The goal of the initiative is to generate collaboration between students and faculty at both Duke University and Johnson C. Smith University that honors Ms. Reuben-Cooke’s legacy.


We invite proposals from faculty members that engage topics related to issues of social justice, voting rights and/or the public histories of Duke’s and Johnson C. Smith’s campuses and their urban partners. Oral histories, digital storytelling and archival research will be encouraged, with a focus on digital preservation of the projects and stories collected. Digital projects can take the form of digital interactive maps, community storytelling walks and the collection of oral histories in various formats.

The following are encouraged but not required:

  • Oral history studies of key figures specific to each university and the communities they inhabit
  • An exploration of the life of Wilhelmina Ruben-Cooke and her impact on the higher education landscape
  • Historical analysis/archival research on the respective roles of each university in both fomenting and inhibiting social justice
  • Digital creation of interactive maps of campus and their communities to be included in orientation classes to allow students to explore the histories of the unheard voices that are key to each campus
  • Projects that focus on the histories of social justice and civic engagement in Durham and Charlotte, including the importance of youth voting rights and equitable access to public goods in each community
  • Exploration of environmental racism and health disparities. A combined effort with the digital maps to show the impact of these issues is greatly encouraged.

Grant Details

Faculty with relevant curricular and research interests are strongly encouraged to apply, especially those who have had experience with community-based projects and engagement. Each grantee will be required to produce and submit a podcast as well as a 500-word description of their project accomplishments. Both are due at the end of the funding period.

Faculty proposals are encouraged to focus on the dissemination of their findings via scholarly communities, which include but are not limited to conference presentations, performances, gallery-based showings if common in the discipline, and peer-reviewed publications. Faculty will also be required to conduct one podcast interview associated with this project. Information on podcast requirements will be forthcoming as each institution will start their own podcast series surrounding these projects and the collaboration between the institutions. All deliverables are due by the end of the grant period. All final materials and podcasts will be housed on each institution’s individual websites.


All current Duke faculty members and Johnson C. Smith faculty members are eligible to apply. Faculty from these two universities are not expected to work together during this inaugural grant cycle.

Funding and Eligible Types of Expenditures

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Proposals requests cannot exceed $10,000, and 25% of your proposed budget must be utilized for student funding (e.g., for purchase of books, digital requirements such as software, conference presentations). Faculty will also be allowed to request a research assistant within their proposal (student will be provided a specified stipend amount).

Proposal Requirements

The Provost’s Office uses Formstack to receive applications. You will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Your project narrative, outlining how your project focuses on anti-racism/social justice; please articulate your plan, provide a statement of objectives, and note work already completed related to the proposed project, if relevant (maximum word count: 1,000 words)
  2. The number of students you intend to include in the project
  3. A working title for a future class (to be taught in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023) with a course description, a short summary as to how the project fits into a current class being taught, or how you intend to use this research in a class (current or future) (maximum word count: 500 words)
  4. A budget (maximum 1 page) and budget narrative (maximum word count: 500 words)
  5. Current CV (maximum 2 pages)

Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee of three and will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Fit with the particular themes and project-based foci that are articulated above
  • The potential for generating pedagogical and scholarly collaborations between students and faculty of Johnson C. Smith and Duke universities (cross-university collaboration is not expected during this inaugural grant cycle)
  • The public benefit to the communities of Durham and/or Charlotte.


RFP released 5/1/2023
RFP deadline for submission 5/31/2023, 5:00 p.m.
Recipients notified 6/9/2023
Funds made available 7/1/2023
Funds to be expended by 6/30/2024

Submission Instructions

Please submit proposal information by May 31, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. via this Formstack application form.

Contact for Questions

For questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Gunther Peck, professor of history and public policy, Sanford School of Public Policy, at For technical questions about the Formstack application, please contact Sheriece T. Smith, administrative assistant, at

Local Global Health Engagement Funds Available for Faculty

Deadline: Rolling Through May 8, 2023

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites proposal submissions for local university-community partnership projects that address key global health concerns. Through this RFP, DGHI will provide pilot funds to interdisciplinary teams led by DGHI faculty to stimulate Local is Global collaborations and to enable the following larger goals:

  • Engage Duke expertise to partner with community organizations to meet local needs, including sharing resources, generating key evidence, and/or participating in community-oriented needs assessment and planning
  • Support investigators in the development of sustainable and ethical community-based partnerships that can impact and improve local health concerns
  • Provide opportunities for students and trainees to understand local health needs and culture through community driven research practice
  • Encourage researchers to apply a global health lens to their work by fostering collaborations between investigators working across sites both within the US and internationally
  • Encourage multi-directional learning by supporting faculty and community organizations to connect and share information, lessons learned, contextualized solutions and brainstorm useful next steps
  • Support teams to leverage findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding

Eligible Applicants

Regular ranking DGHI Faculty and affiliates are eligible to apply for funding. While the PI must be affiliated with the Institute, proposal teams may include other Duke faculty members, and are required to include at least one collaborator from Durham or the surrounding communities, preferably a partner who would serve as a Co-PI. Teams including new investigators, or investigators new to global health, are also encouraged.


The budget may include: supplies deemed necessary for successful execution of the project, support for technicians, undergraduate and graduate student assistants, research-related travel, honorarium and/or mentoring, and other justifiable and allowable research expenses. Faculty salary, community partner salary, travel to scientific meetings, and indirect costs are not allowable expenses. Typical awards range between $3,000 – $5000, but applicants may apply for up to $15,000 for the 12-month project cycle.

Application Requirements

Proposals must be for activities focused on understanding and addressing health disparities in the American South. Priority will be given to locally proposed projects (Durham or surrounding communities). Applicants should describe plans for how the results generated may be used to advance collaborations with the partner organization, support GH students (e.g., by way of field, lab, or applied learning and research opportunities), and impact local health needs. We encourage you to discuss how project outcomes may be used to secure future external funding or to assess and scale-up application of evidence-based health projects.

Cover page. Please include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • List of name, title, departmental affiliation, address, email address, and telephone number of all proposed investigators
  • Designation of a Duke Principal Investigator, Community Partner Director or Collaborator, and any Co-Principal Investigator(s)

Abstract (250 words maximum)

Research plan – no more than three pages; single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins, with following heading categories:

  • Project Background: Statement of project background and objectives
  • Collaboration: Description of the team collaboration and specific (local area) work setting
  • Significance of the project in relation to local health context and needs (including significance to DGHI and/or Global Health and how it will support the Local is Global Initiative)
  • Project procedures and methods, including plans for data collection, any analysis and IRB approvals as needed (specific details on work tasks, procedures, methods recommended)
  • Project deliverables and expected outcomes (e.g., knowledge, services, impact)
  • Project timeline and milestones (could be a table)
  • Budget items and Justification (table or 1 page maximum)

Curriculum Vitae for Duke Investigator(s) and bio-sketch, or related description for Community Partner / Organization

Appendix materials as relevant: 1 page maximum each; single-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins, including:

  • Work in progress (or already completed) locally or globally that would be related to the proposed work (if relevant)
  • Letters of support from collaborating researchers or community partners
  • Opportunities for field research or practicums for GH students
  • Potential for future external grant support (if applicable)

Submission Format

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


Application receipt date: rolling deadline, through May 8, 2023.

Project start date: If selected, projects can start immediately. The start date will be approximately 4 weeks after submission of application, but no later than the end of June 2023.


We welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Please submit inquires related to this funding announcement to:

Sumedha Ariely

Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Health Faculty Lead, Local is Global/Durham PPL, DGHI Telephone (919) 681-7944


Sarah Cao

Assistant Director, int’l Operations, DGHI Telephone (919) 681-3135


Humanities Lab Proposals Now Being Accepted for 2023-24

Orange quotation box over brown background; text: Call for proposals: Humanities Labs at FHI. Apply by 3.31.2023.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Information Session

Monday 3/20 3:30 pm: Interested in proposing a Lab? Join us at this virtual info session – bring your questions!  Register here >>


The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute is soliciting proposals for 1 or 2 new Humanities Labs to begin in the 2023-24 academic year. The new Lab(s) will receive funding for 2-3 years, contingent on successful annual reviews.

We invite proposals centered on collaborative, interdisciplinary faculty research in the humanities around a theme, a geographical area, a historical period, a genre, a concept, a paradigm, or another well-defined object of your choosing. While all topics are welcome, we would be particularly interested in proposals that address areas of studies that are still in nascent development at Duke and could be energized by the presence of a Humanities Lab, such as (and by no means limited to) Disability Studies, Trans Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Critical approaches to AI/algorithms/digital technology. Projects that focus on or otherwise engage substantially with earlier historical periods – such as ones addressing Religion and Secularism or Political Theology – are also encouraged.

As a focal point, we ask that each proposal include plans for a faculty/grad seminar on the topic of the Lab. We also encourage collaborations with journalists, artists, curators, designers, translators, architects, writers, activists, musicians, and other thinkers and makers who bring humanistic expertise to engagements with a variety of publics, as well as possible connections to partners outside the US, including those working in languages other than English. We welcome projects that range across departments and, if appropriate, schools (Law, Pratt, Nicholas, etc.)

Support for the Labs

Applicants may propose Lab budgets of $25,000 to $40,000 annually. The Lab’s budget should cover the cost of both core operations and programming. Operations budget may include faculty course releases (limited to one course per lab per year, contingent on Department Chair and Divisional Dean approval), graduate assistantships, undergraduate salaries, student staff assistance with programming, etc. Programming budget could be used for short-term residencies, visiting speakers, public events, Lab research projects, and related expenditures.

The Lab spaces at the FHI’s Smith Warehouse home are designed for flexible programming, from smaller public events to class meetings to group collaborations. To encourage intellectual cross-pollination across the FHI, each Lab may be asked to share space with other FHI programs that are thematically related, e.g. the Entanglement Project.

The FHI will support the Lab in budget and financial management, HR/payroll, facilities, and computer/AV maintenance. The new Lab will receive programming and logistical assistance from an FHI staff member as well as graduate assistant(s) hired by the FHI. Other members of the FHI staff may also be available for more specialized services, for example consultation on scholarly publishing and digital projects, as well as occasional videography.


Each Humanities Lab proposal should identify two to three regular-rank (tenured/tenure track, PoP, and Research) faculty members who will serve as the Lab’s co-directors, and two to three additional core faculty affiliates. The co-directors can be comprised of faculty from the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences, or humanities/arts/interpretive social sciences faculty along with faculty from other Schools. Affiliated faculty may be drawn from Arts and Sciences as well as Duke’s professional schools, other University Institutes, the Library, or the Nasher Museum. To avoid over-commitment of junior faculty time and effort, no more than one Lab co-director should be at the Assistant rank.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals should include the following components:

  • A 2-3 page intellectual rationale, describing the Lab’s central research objectives. This statement should include:
    • A brief description of a faculty/grad seminar to be embedded in the Lab;
    • A brief descriptions (1/2 page each) of 1 to 2 other potential projects that the Lab might undertake in pursuit of these research objectives, e.g. publications, exhibitions, digital or multimedia projects, collaborations with individual or institutional partners, curricular and co-curricular projects, etc. We encourage you to conceptualize at least 1 major project that would span the life of the Lab. For models and ideas from past Labs, feel free to contact FHI Associate Director Chris Chia (
  • A list of faculty participants (co-directors and core affiliates). Co-directors must sign the proposal.
  • An outline of the budget categories in which the lab plans to use its $25-40K annual funding. Please indicate any additional funds that the Lab will be able to draw upon (e.g. through existing projects and grants) or plans to raise funds from external or other Duke sources.
  • Additional materials:
    • Approval letters from the appropriate Department Chair and Divisional Dean for any Lab faculty member intending to request a course release.
    • Letters of support from the Department Chair and Divisional Dean for Lab co-director at the Assistant rank.

Complete proposal should be submitted electronically to by Friday, March 31, 2023. Approval/support letters from Chairs and Deans may be submitted separately to the same email address.


Please email

Global Health Equity Pilot Funding Available

Deadline: April 24, 2023

In support of our vision to “seek to achieve health equity for vulnerable groups and individuals around the world”, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams led by regular rank faculty with a DGHI affiliation to submit research proposals around health equity in global health research. Pilot funding will support projects that focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities or other contributors to health-related social injustices. Applications should address how the pilot project will focus on health equity or social justice topic(s) and obtain critical data to support an extramural grant submission that will promote health equity. This pilot funding announcement aligns with Duke’s campus-wide focus on social equity and justice as well as DGHI’s own vision and mission. We foresee potential applications in various topics, fundamentally concerned with partnerships, working with vulnerable and underrepresented groups both internationally and locally, and addressing sociocultural, economic, and structural determinants of health.

Through this RFP, we seek to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations, with the goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding. Interested faculty are encouraged to collaborate with country-based collaborators on research projects.

  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are We encourage teams to include early- stage investigators, investigators new to global health, and/or investigators from low- and middle- income countries.
  • DGHI is seeking to support global health research ideas that will improve health equity and benefit hard-to-reach populations, low-resourced areas and partnership locations.
  • Applicants should address data governance and data ethics considerations impacting both external collaborators and individuals or populations represented in Examples include but are not limited to: governance of data assets; accessibility of data and findings (including data sharing); privacy, confidentiality, and/or other individual rights; equity.
  • Topic areas which have not previously received support and proposals that support and describe a sustainable line of global health research will be prioritized.

Eligible Applicants

Proposals that include collaborators throughout Duke and/or from other institutions are encouraged. Proposal teams require a DGHI faculty (regular rank) PI or co-PI. We expect international research projects to have a local co-PI.


The budget may include: supplies, support for technicians, research assistants, and graduate students; research-related travel; and other justifiable and allowable research expenses. Faculty salary, travel to scientific meetings, and indirect costs are not allowable expenses. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 for a 12-month project. Smaller proposals for shorter periods are also encouraged.

Application Requirements

Proposals must be for activities in low, lower- and upper- middle-income countries (a listing of eligible countries can be found at the World Bank website: groups) OR focused on health disparities in the American South. Applicants are expected to work with local collaborators; for international research, a local investigator should be included as co-PI, and should describe plans for how the results generated will be applied to future external funding, as this will be an important criterion in the review.

Cover Page. Must include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Name, title, departmental affiliation, address, email address, and telephone number of all proposed investigators
  • Designation of a Principal Investigator or Co- Principal Investigators
  • Name & Signature of Responsible Financial Administrator

Abstract (250 words maximum)

Research Plan (3 page maximum; single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins) including:

  • Statement of research objectives
  • Significance of the research (including significance to DGHI and/or Global Health and to research setting)
  • 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 site collaboration plan
  • Potential for future external grant support

Appendix Materials (1 page maximum each; single-spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins) including:

  • Letter of support from a collaborating researcher at research site (if relevant)

Budget and Justification (1 page maximum)

NIH Biosketch OR Curriculum Vitae

  • Include current grant support and limit to 5 pages for each principal investigator

Submission Format

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

Successful applications will be required to submit a Data Management Plan which conforms to NIH specifications before funding will be awarded.


Application receipt date: April 24, 2023


We welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Please submit inquires related to this funding announcement to:

Kelly Matthews Deal, MPH Assistant Director, Research

Duke Global Health Institute

Telephone (919) 681-7159


See the announcement on the DGHI website.