Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Request for Proposals: Pilot Research Nicholas School of the Environment and Duke Global Health Institute

The Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) and the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invite pilot research proposals in the field of global environmental health. Through this RFP, NSOE and DGHI seek to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research in global environmental health, with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding.  We are especially interested in funding research around the effects of climate change on health outcomes. Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are required.  Investigators are particularly encouraged to submit proposals that plan to leverage existing studies, population cohorts, or data sets to address an important and novel global environmental health problem. Junior faculty and newly appointed faculty are encouraged to apply and will be given special consideration.

• Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are required. Teams including new investigators, investigators new to global environmental health, and/or investigators from low and middle-income countries, are encouraged.

• NSOE and DGHI are looking for global health research ideas that will improve health equity and benefit hard-to-reach populations, low-resourced areas and partners.

Proposals must be for activities in low, lower- and upper- middle-income countries (a listing of eligible countries can be found at the World Bank website: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-and-lendinggroups) OR focused on health disparities in the American South. Applicants are encouraged to identify collaborating in-country/local investigators, and should describe plans for how the results generated will be applied to future external funding, as this will be an important criterion in the review.

Application receipt date: April 15, 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Duke regular rank faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals that include collaborators from other institutions are encouraged. Study teams must include NSOE and DGHI participants and have a plan for leveraging this seed funding for additional external support.

Amount Description

The budget may include: supplies, support for technicians, research assistants, and graduate students/postdoctoral affiliates; research-related travel; and other justifiable and allowable research expenses. Faculty salary, travel to scientific meetings, and indirect costs will not be paid by DGHI and should not be included in the budget submitted. Applicants may apply for up to $50,000 for a 12-month project. Smaller proposals for shorter periods are also encouraged. Given current spending and travel restrictions at Duke, expenses must be approved by your Department. If possible, please discuss your budget with appropriate Department personnel before submitting; we will be confirming approval before an award can be made.