Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) -- CTSI Population Health Improvement Awards Program -- Deadline Extended

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Duke’s home of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Award, is interested in promoting community-engaged research partnerships. Funds are available for eligible new and advanced investigator teams. The CTSI will provide awards of up to $25,000 to stimulate new community-engaged research partnerships, and to further advance and support community-engaged research proposals within established community-research partnerships. 

These awards are intended to assist joint research proposals from community organizations/groups in partnership with Duke researchers who have either already developed or are ready to establish new partnerships to co-develop solutions designed to address population health issues identified as priorities by the community and provide support for community-partnered studies to generate pilot data needed to develop larger scale proposals, awards, and projects. Funds may be used to develop formative or pilot data to better position partnerships for follow-on funding to test innovations in larger implementation studies.

There are two application types of population health improvement awards:

1) The Co-Development Award encourages and facilitates new investigative community-academic partnerships designed to improve community health and may also include health research that advances the science of stakeholder and community-engaged research. Successful research proposals focus on developing and pilot testing innovative solutions to translate evidence-based discoveries into community settings through broader communityengaged implementation research.

2) The Advanced Partnership Award seeks to support joint research proposals from community organizations/groups and Duke researchers who have already developed innovations to address health problems and are ready to advance pilot testing these solutions through broader community-engaged implementation research studies. 

Full RFA


  • Mandatory Letter of Intent: 11:59 p.m. ET, January 31, 2019  (was Jan. 24)
  • Application (by invitation): 11:59 p.m. ET, March 19, 2019

Agency Website

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 will serve as the person with the fiduciary responsibility.
  • Applicants may be involved in more than one proposal, but can only serve as the 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 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 health or patient care.
  • Nonprofits with & without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Community organizations (especially those with a focus on public health, social services, caregiving, and patient advocacy) and members of practice-based research networks
  • Eligible agencies of the federal, state, and local government
  • Permanent, full-time, Duke faculty, including professional and non-tenure track.
  • Rank of less than assistant professors such as post-doctoral trainees, medical instructors and/or fellows are not eligible to serve as a PI. However, they are eligible to serve as co-investigators and play a prominent role in conducting the research.



Amount Description

The research activities will be funded by Duke CTSI, up to $25,000 in direct costs per project proposal (no indirect costs will be awarded). Duke CTSI’s Population Health Improvement awards cover expenditures for a maximum of 12- month period. The project will begin when applicable IRB documentation is provided to Duke’s CTSI and the PI indicates everything is in place for the project to commence.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


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

External Deadline

January 31, 2019