Travel Grants

2020 Student Travel Grants

The Regeneration Next Initiative (RNI) was established by the Duke University School of Medicine to enhance discovery and applications in the broad field of tissue regeneration. RNI is pleased to announce availability of funding to support travel grants for graduate students to present their work at scientific conferences. The award will cover conference-related expenses such as registration fees, airfare or other transportation costs, and lodging. The maximum amount of each travel grant will be $1000 and will be disbursed as a reimbursement. Application deadlines for this year are January 31, 2020 and July 31, 2020. Award announcements will be made in February and August. A maximum of ten awards will be made per calendar year.

Our goal is to support Duke graduate students’ research and professional development by providing opportunities to present research in the broad field of tissue regeneration.  We encourage applications from Duke students in all disciplines related to tissue regeneration including developmental biology, tissue engineering, and clinical applications.

Eligibility requirements:

– Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program at Duke and must still be enrolled at the time of the presentation.
-The work being presented must have a clear focus on developmental biology, tissue regeneration, tissue engineering, and/or regenerative medicine.
– Applications must be submitted prior to conference dates; no retroactive travel awards will be made.
– Only one award will be made per student per research project.

Awardees are expected to acknowledge RNI support in materials including posters, powerpoint presentations, and abstracts associated with the meeting. Receipts are required for all expenses and only registration fees, travel, and lodging associated with the conference are eligible for reimbursement. If travel is canceled or unused funds remain, the funds must be returned to RNI.

How to apply:

To be considered for an RNI travel grant, please submit the first two items below as a single PDF file to In the Subject, please write RNI Travel Grant application – your name.

  • – Cover Page – include applicant name, PI name, title of abstract, and title and date of conference.
  • – A one-page maximum description of your primary purpose of travel and its relevance to your research (11 point font, 1 inch margins). The description should clearly state how participating in the event will help advance your research, scientific knowledge, and professional development. Your application should indicate that you are working in the research area covered by the meeting, and show the relevance of your research to the field of tissue regeneration.
  • – A letter of support from the PI to be emailed directly to In the Subject line, please include “RNI Travel Grant – Applicant name”. The letter should describe the student’s role and involvement in the research project, and state why the mentor supports the travel grant application.

Questions about this callout or application process may be directed to Amy Dickson (; or 919-684-6210).