School of Medicine -- Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Catalyst Fund

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The School of Medicine is committed to cultivating equity in our practices and policies and developing a culture of inclusion in which faculty, staff and students experience a genuine sense of value, empowerment and opportunity.

To galvanize initiatives toward this commitment, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) is launching the EDI Catalyst Fund as a collaborative mechanism to provide resources for implementing innovative projects, interventions and programs that have the potential to scale or translate into broader School of Medicine initiatives.

Proposed projects will proceed to committee review if they show potential for positive impact in one or several of the following areas:

  1. Strategies that enhance the climate of inclusion and belonging, including but not limited to:

    • Educational programs, professional development, and/or strategies in one or more of the following domains: addressing and mitigating implicit or unconscious bias; anti-racism; grievance resolution.
  2. Strategies that infuse equity and inclusion in recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty and staff, including but not limited to:
    • Processes that promote equity and inclusion in candidate pools, reduce bias in search processes, and increase outreach.
    • Strategies to enhance professional development, mentorship and sponsorship.

This fund is not intended to support research projects.

Proposal Submission Deadline: March 8, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

This catalyst fund is available to staff and/or faculty in the Duke School of Medicine. Project teams must have a regular rank faculty member and/or senior-level staff member designated as Project Director. Project teams may include faculty, professional staff, trainees and learners. The Project Director and any Co-Directors must provide a letter of support from their department chair(s) or equivalent chief(s) of service or supervisor(s), or leader(s) who make decisions around project implementation within or across departments. Project Directors and Co-Directors must be in good standing with the university at time of submission and remain so throughout the project period. Funds may be revoked should this status change.



Amount Description

Selected catalyst proposals will be awarded up to $25,000. Multiple projects will be funded. Funds may not be used to support faculty/staff effort, temporary staff or monetary distributions to support secondary or related projects.

Funding Type





Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 8, 2024