Duke SCORES Scholars Program REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS [Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Faculty Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Duke SCORES (Surgical Center for Outcomes Research) is a novel, transdisciplinary effort that promotes excellence in health services research (HSR) in the Department of Surgery. Duke SCORES serves as a hub for education, research, mentorship, and resources to enable trainees and faculty to ask and answer questions with direct translational relevance to clinical research, patient care, safety, costs, and quality improvement.

HSR is the branch of population health science that addresses how patient care is organized, financed, and delivered. Surgical outcomes research is a hybrid of various health services research methodologies geared towards assessing the quality and effectiveness of surgical outcomes at a patient and population level. Surgical outcomes research not only involves research on the efficacy of various surgical procedures, but also involves examining the factors that can affect surgical outcomes. These factors include the epidemiologic, sociologic, economic, and other demographic variables concerning patients. The ultimate goal of surgical outcomes research is to inform patients, care givers, medical personnel, and policy makers to allow for better health care decision making and health policy. 

The Duke SCORES Scholars Program provides funding of up to $15,000 per project for 12 months to catalyze investigations of key questions in surgical outcomes research. The goals of this program are to foster new collaborations among Duke researchers, support research teams in obtaining preliminary data that will be used to apply for larger awards, and provide opportunities for mentoring and training for junior faculty, residents and medical students. Applicants will be expected to collaborate with available biostatistical support resources and to engage with the SCORES program.

Deadline: Aug. 7, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

The Principal Investigator (PI) must be at the regular rank Assistant, Associate, or Professor level at Duke University. The PI must partner with a least one Co-Investigator from another division within the Duke Department of Surgery or from another Duke department or institute. Preference will be given to applications that include junior faculty members and/or trainees. 

The proposed project should be innovative, impactful, and centered in surgical health services research; it should have the potential to attract significant interest for external funding. 



Amount Description

Each award will consist of up to $15,000 (direct costs only; see budget guidelines) with an expected start date of October 1, 2017 and ending no later than September 30, 2018. Up to two awards will be funded during this award cycle. Requests for no-cost extensions (carryover) will not be approved. SCORES Scholars awardees will each collaborate with a faculty member from the SCORES Steering Committee, who will facilitate access to SCORES resources and serve as a key contact person for the program.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


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

External Deadline

August 7, 2017