Duke/NCCU Collaborative Translational Research Awards

Funding Agency:
Duke University

In light of the COVID-19 situation, ALL active RFAs supported by the Duke CTSI are hereby suspended until further notice. We will NOT be accepting any new submissions for Letter of Intent (LoI) or Full Applications. Completed submissions (LOIs, Full Applications) that are pending are also on hold Once Duke and our collaborating partners return to regular operations, new timelines and application guidelines will be posted on this webpage and disseminated via regular communication channels. If you have already submitted a Letter of Intent (LoI) or Application, please contact ctsifunding@duke.edu or the Program Officer listed on your RFA for Program specific guidance.

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI), the academic home of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) pilot funding programs at Duke University, is partnering with North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to support new inter-institutional collaborative research projects.

This pilot program is designed to facilitate novel clinical, population, and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. Projects must demonstrate stakeholder engagement and a high translational potential with a clear path for continued development to move into clinical practice, generate new clinical guidelines, or other applications via subsequent grant support, new company formation, licensing, not-for-profit partnering, an evidence base that changes practice or other channels.


  • Mandatory Letter of Intent: March 10, 2020
  • Application Submission Deadline: April 22, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Duke CTSI and NCCU are interested in the following types of translational research projects:

  • Projects developing new collaborative science teams with investigators from both Duke and NCCU.
  • Development and/or evaluation of the evidence base that changes clinical practice.
  • Research that investigates how practice improves health policy, health outcomes, and the health of populations.

Potential areas of concentration are listed below; however, collaborations are not limited to these specified areas.

  • community-based research
  • clinical
  • behavioral health

Eligibility Requirements

Proposed projects must involve a lead investigator from Duke and a lead investigator from NCCU. Proposals are encouraged from new teams of investigators from different disciplines. Applicants at each institution must have principal investigator status per the specific institution’s written policy.



Amount Description

The research activities at each participating institution will be funded by the Duke CTSI. The Duke CTSI will fund up to $50,000 per award.

The Duke NCCU awards are not meant as bridge funding or as supplementary funding for existing projects. Requests for no-cost extensions will not be approved.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 10, 2020