Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) -- Career Development Award

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity is seeking applications for an internal mentored research career development award (CDA) for Duke University junior faculty proposing research related to the REACH Equity Center theme. The REACH Equity theme is addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter. Applicants for the REACH Equity CDA must propose research broadly related to this theme. 

Although our focus is on intervention, we recognize that the development and testing of an intervention may be beyond the readiness of the science or applicant and/or beyond the scope of this award mechanism.  Therefore, proposals may employ any research method as long as the research addresses disparities in patient-centered care in the clinical encounter and will clearly lead to the development and testing of an intervention.

We plan to fund up to four REACH Equity CDAs. Consistent with our Center’s goal of increasing diversity in the research workforce, we have set as a programmatic priority the selection of at least 50% of awardees from under-represented racial and ethnic groups. Eligible applicants include junior faculty (instructor, assistant professor) and those transitioning to faculty as of the funding start date of July 1, 2021. Applicants may have appointments in any department or school at Duke University. 

REKAPP Program: Potential applicants are also strongly encouraged to participate in the joint Reach Equity and KL2 Program Application Preparation Program (REKAPP). This program will assist investigators with preparing their applications.  REKAPP participants meet in small groups with senior faculty to review each section of the grant proposal.  Space in this program is limited.  Information about REKAPP is availablhere. Note: the REKAPP application deadline is August 17 and the program begins the week of August 31.


  • Recommended Letter of Intent: Oct. 27, 2020
  • Applications: Dec. 7, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Research or health-professional doctoral degree or its equivalent. Also eligible: PhD in related fields.
  2. Instructor or Assistant Professor appointment at Duke University. Fellows or postdocs may apply if they will have a faculty appointment at the start of the award.
  3. You may not have current funding for an internal or external career development award or be PI on an R01 or equivalent. Funding from any other source may be acceptable as long as the research proposed for REACH Equity is distinct, and you will be able to devote at least 50% effort to it.
  4. You may submit an application even if you have an internal or external K under review.
  5. You may submit an application in multiple cycles; although you will want to consider the input from prior review(s), each application will be considered a new proposal (i.e., not a resubmission).



Amount Description

The REACH Equity CDA provides up to $75,000 direct costs per year for two years. Applicants are expected to use the award to protect at least 50% of Total Professional Effort (TPE).

Funding Type



Junior Faculty
Minorities encouraged


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

December 7, 2020