Racial and Social Equity in Local Context: Engaging With Durham’s Priority Areas for Community Impact

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Thanks to generous funding from The Duke Endowment, the Office of Durham & Community Affairs, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, the Office of the Provost is accepting research proposals to engage with “Racial and Social Equity in Local Context.” The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2023. We anticipate issuing awards ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 with start dates as early as July 1, 2023 and ending by June 30, 2025. We expect to support up to 12 proposals.

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Areas of Interest

As a major research institution, Duke is well positioned to leverage its strong research expertise and resources to deepen our understanding of racial and social inequalities and to apply that knowledge to produce more equitable outcomes.

As part of Duke’s commitment to forge more purposeful partnerships, the Office of Durham & Community Affairs has worked closely with community representatives to define priority areas in which we might leverage Duke’s research strengths and expertise. As laid out in Duke’s Strategic Community Impact Plan, these priorities are:

  • Food Security and Nutrition
  • Housing Affordability and Related Infrastructure
  • Early Childhood and School Readiness
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Nonprofit Capacity 

Durham boasts important community assets in each of these domains, but local leaders see further investment and sensible policy as crucial to expanding equitable opportunity and sustaining resilient neighborhoods. Across our 10 schools and interdisciplinary institutes, initiatives and centers, Duke has significant faculty expertise relevant to these strategic priorities.

We invite research proposals that engage deeply with one or more of the five community-defined priorities for Durham. Proposals might seek to provide better understanding of an issue or related set of issues, whether through collection and analysis of evidence about current conditions, historical trajectories or comparisons to the circumstances in other cities. Alternatively, proposed research might investigate potential strategies relevant for local policymakers, NGOs and/or firms focusing on some aspect of a priority area. The selection process will give preference to projects focusing on Durham or the Triangle region, but faculty may propose research focusing on other communities in North Carolina.

Eligibility Requirements

Duke regular rank faculty can serve as primary investigators (PI), with the exception of faculty with primary appointments in the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing, who are not eligible to serve as PIs but may participate as research team members, provided that the research team has at least 50% of faculty from schools outside of Medicine and Nursing. Proposals may be submitted by either a single faculty member or from a group of faculty.

We welcome both disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from all disciplines, and proposals from a single faculty member as well as groups.

Amount Description

$20,000 - 60,000

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 15, 2023