Request for Applications: Duke/UNC ADRC Norins Pilot Awards for Alzheimer’s Research

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The purpose of these $50,000 pilot awards is to stimulate and support collaborative, innovative research on the potential role of microbes or pathogens in the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). 

Successful applications will propose feasible projects or experiments to test specific hypotheses, generate strong preliminary data, or develop a critical resource to advance this field of inquiry. All types of research, from any point along the translational spectrum, are welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Associations between specific pathogens or microbiomes and AD risk
  • Advancement of new models to investigate the role of microbes or pathogens in AD
  • Understanding the consequences of infections or antimicrobials on AD or markers of AD risk

Letters of intent are due by July 12, 2021.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

1) Principal investigator (PI) must be a Duke University faculty member or postdoctoral fellow (MD or PhD)

2) Research should be collaborative and teams must include at least one of the following

  • Inter-disciplinary or inter-institution collaborations
  • Substantial involvement of a mentored student or trainee, or an early stage investigator (ESI)
  • Individuals from traditionally under-represented groups in research (as defined by NIH)



Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 12, 2021