Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI) Population Health Improvement Awards (PHI)

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERI) aims to support community-engaged research partnerships. Funds are available for eligible NEW community-academic partner investigator teams. During the 2023-2024 funding cycle, CTSI-CERI will fund two $50,000 award sto stimulate community-engaged research through community-academic research-partnered projects to improve Durham County population health.

Duke CTSI facilitates translational research by providing funding, promoting community-academic collaborations, encouraging translational research innovation, and providing access to resources/services in a collaborative and service-oriented fashion.

This RFA will support the following type of work: • Studies that address mechanisms and drivers of health contributing to human health and health inequities. • Studies that contribute to improvements in population health or health equity by addressing barriers and opportunities to improve clinical care or healthy behaviors in community settings. • Studies that contribute to improved population health outcomes or health equity through changes in clinical practice, community/environmental or systems changes, or health policy. • Studies addressing barriers and facilitators to implement evidence-based practices promoting health and health equity in community settings. • Studies and program evaluation studies to address the impact of existing interventions to improve population health. • Studies evaluating the process and outcomes of the implementation of evidence-based interventions in community settings.

These awards are intended to support equitable, bidirectional, and collaborative research proposals from community organizations/groups in partnership with Duke University researchers. Studies should address population health issues identified as priorities by the Durham community that will help close existing health inequities and improve population health. Funds may be used to generate formative or pilot data or evaluate existing programs to better position partnerships for external funding. Applications supported by this RFA will only consider NEW partnerships.



  • Mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI): due Friday, January 27, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Full proposal by invitation: due Friday, March 31, 2023, 5:00 p.m. EST.

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Eligibility Requirements

• Proposed research must include a team that is comprised of both Duke Faculty and community partner(s). Although a Co-Principal Investigator structure is recommended to support co-led community-academic partnerships, the Duke Faculty member must serve as the Principal Investigator of record as she/he/they will serve as the person with the fiduciary and overall responsibility for the sponsored project. Duke PI must ensure they have the needed support and resources from their Department Clinical Research Unit to execute and complete the proposed project and that they follow Duke policies. Detailed PI responsibilities are listed in the Duke Faculty handbook.

• Applicants may be involved in more than one proposal but can only serve asthe project lead or lead investigator in one application during the funding cycle. Submissions can be made by either the Duke or the community lead. However, only one application can be submitted by the team. As mentioned above, the lead Duke Faculty partner will serve as the Principal Investigator of record.

• Research must relate directly to health, and the objectives of the project should include an outcome that will benefit community/population health or patient care

• Nonprofits with 501(c) (3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education), particularly community organizations with a focus on public health, social services, caregiving, and patient advocacy) and members of practice-based research networks

• Eligible agencies of the state and local government

• Permanent, full-time Duke Faculty, including faculty in the Faculty Career Track and the Faculty Tenure Track

• While we encourage diverse engagement on projects, a rank of less than medical instructor (such as postdoctoral trainees, fellows, learners, and/or research coordinators and other staff) are not eligible to serve as a PI or as co-investigators.

• Previously funded work via this mechanism will not be considered.



Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 27, 2023