Translating Duke Health Pilot Project Grants in Immunology [Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Faculty Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Duke Health is pleased to announce a call for proposals for innovative approaches combining computational techniques and immunology research.

Translating Duke Health (TDH) is one of the signature programs animating Advancing Health Together, our Duke Health Strategic Planning Framework.  TDH is a multiyear, multidisciplinary program to capitalize on our collective strengths in research, clinical care and population health to address major health challenges.  The Immunology and Transplant Initiative has a focus on cross-cutting paradigms in transplantation tolerance, tumor, autoimmunity, and protective immunity, with an overall goal to invest in transformative areas of research and technology where Duke Health can have the greatest impact on human health.  Additional information about the initiative is available at

To be responsive to this RFP, projects should combine an aspect of human immunology with computational biology. An interdisciplinary team approach integrating immunological and quantitative researchers is presumed, and new collaborations are encouraged. Examples of research sought by this RFP include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of methods for the integration of multi-modal data (e.g. combining immunofluorescent imaging with single cell transcriptomic or genomic data)
  • Development of statistical methods and software for new or critical immunology assay platforms
  • Development of mathematical models and computer simulations to understand complex immune phenomena
  • Development of bioinformatics tools and pipelines for managing, processing, analysis or visualization of complex immunological data sets
  • Development of machine learning methods to analyze massive and/or complex immunological data sets
  • Development of population genetics models to analyze immune response genes, haplotypes and pathways

Applicants are also encouraged to take advantage of available biobank samples and Duke Core Facilities.  The steering committee is looking for projects that build new collaborations and/or new teams and might lead to extended productive (and NIH-funded) collaborations. 

Deadline: Feb. 17, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

All Duke Health faculty are eligible to apply.  University faculty are eligible to apply but should have a collaboration with the School of Medicine or School of Nursing included as part of the proposal.  Duke staff members including residents and medical fellows, pre-doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows, are also eligible to apply, but will need a letter of sponsorship from a Duke School of Medicine or School of Nursing faculty member.  This letter should include endorsement for the proposal, indication of space and other resources allotted to the proposal, and clear articulation of how successful completion of this project will contribute to the long term goals of the Human Immune Initiative at Duke. 



Amount Description

We plan to make up to three one-year awards of up to $100,000 in total costs.  G&A will be applied. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

External Deadline

February 17, 2020