Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill CTSA Consortium Collaborative Translational Research Pilot Grants - Request for Applications

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI) and North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) are the academic homes of the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) pilot funding programs at Duke University and at UNC Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). The Duke CTSI and NC TraCS are interested in promoting inter-institutional collaborations and pilot funds are now available for eligible new investigative teams.

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 collaborating, an evidence base that changes practice or other channels. Duke CTSI and UNC-CH are interested in the following types of translational research projects, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations that test generalizable solutions to translational research problems:

  • Generates initial or basic discoveries relevant to human health or disease
  • Applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings
  • Development and/or evaluation of the evidence base that changes practice
  • Investigates how practice improves health policy, health outcomes, and the health of populations

Deadline: Nov. 18, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Proposed projects must involve a lead investigator from Duke and a lead investigator from UNC-CH. 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 (link to Duke policy) and link to UNC policy) for the entire 12-month funding cycle.
  • More than one proposal may be submitted per UNC or Duke Faculty member acting as PI, but the faculty member is only eligible to receive one award from this funding mechanism as PI during a given funding cycle. 



Amount Description

The research award comprises a 1:1 match between Duke CTSI and NC TraCS. Duke CTSI and NC TraCS will each fund up to $25,000 direct costs, for a total of $50,000 per collaborative project. Funds will not be subcontracted from one institution to the other. UNC investigators should note that applications for this RFA with Duke do not require a financial match from your Department/School. All funds must be expended within one year of the project start date. Requests for no-cost extensions will not be approved. 

Funding Type





Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

November 18, 2019