Duke Global Health Institute -- Duke Global Health Institute Pilot Research [For Duke Faculty Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams led by DGHI faculty to submit research proposals in the area of data science, machine learning, and/or artificial intelligence. “AI” is typically used to describe when computers are learning independent of human interaction- for example the ability to perform tasks in complex environments without constant guidance by a user or the ability to improve performance by learning from experience. The field of AI includes or overlaps with machine learning, data science, and digital health.

Research and collaboration around data, machine learning and innovation are important to DGHI, Duke School of Medicine, and Duke University. Through this RFP, DGHI seeks 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. 

Deadline: April 20, 2020

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Areas of Interest

• Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are required. Teams including new investigators, investigators new to global health, and/or investigators from low and middle-income countries, are encouraged, and investigators from 2 or more Duke Schools, Institutes, Centers or Departments are required.

• DGHI is looking for global health research ideas that will improve health equity and benefit hard-toreach populations, low-resourced areas and partners.

• We encourage cross-cutting investments that are applicable to more than one discipline or topic (e.g. something that would aid both malaria and cervical cancer elimination). Both the research areas and cross-cutting approaches are intended to be broadly defined—e.g. Science may include anything from implementation science to genomics to sociobehavioral science.

• Topic areas which have not previously received support and proposals that support and describe a sustainable line of global health research will be prioritized. ​

Eligibility Requirements

Duke faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals that include collaborators from other institutions are encouraged. Study teams should include investigators from more than one Duke School, Institute, or Department. 



Amount Description

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. 

Funding Type





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

External Deadline

April 20, 2020