School offers investigators support through Core Facility Voucher Program

Thursday, September 17, 2015

The School of Medicine and its departments, institutes and centers oversee a wide range of research core facilities. To enable investigators to access these services for exciting new studies that are not yet externally funded, the School of Medicine provides support through the Core Facility Voucher Program.

This joint program with the School of Medicine (SOM), the Duke Translational Research Institute (DTRI) Pilot Program and the Office of the Provost offers vouchers in amounts ranging from $500 to $10,000, redeemable for provision of services at Duke University core facilities/shared resources. 

The sources of funding are both the School of Medicine, Duke’s National Institutes of Health, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Clinical and Translational Science Award (Duke CTSA) UL1TR001117 and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR).

All core facilities/shared resources that provide services open to faculty members on a fee-for-service basis are eligible for participation in this program. No more than two facilities can be included in a single proposal.

A list of eligible core facilities can be found at this website.

Important dates for the 2015 Fall Core Facility Voucher Program:

Submission Open:  Sept. 14, 2015
Submission Close:  Oct. 16, 2015
Voucher Start:  Jan. 1, 2016
Voucher End:  Dec. 31, 2016

Vouchers in any category of research will be awarded to faculty at the Assistant, Associate or Professor level with primary appointments in SoM or Campus departments:

  • SoM Faculty: SoM faculty will be eligible for awards made from SoM funds. Projects that are translational in nature will be considered for funding through DTRI.
  • Campus Faculty: Faculty outside the SoM will be eligible for awards made from OVPR funds. Proposals with Campus faculty as co-PI with SoM faculty will be eligible for SoM funds. Projects that are translational in nature will be considered for funding through DTRI.
  • All Faculty: Investigators awarded a voucher in the 2014 spring or fall funding cycles are eligible to apply for and receive a new voucher if the work proposed is significantly and scientifically distinct from previous applications.

The DTRI will contact investigators annually to determine what metrics have been achieved as a result of this voucher. When requested, all awardees will be expected to provide updates of publications and other metrics that originated from the voucher. All publications that are the direct result of this voucher must reference:  “Research reported   in    this publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number UL1TR001117. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.” Publications must also be registered in PubMed Central.

Complete applications will include a one-page proposal describing the research question to be investigated, rationale, proposed plan, and justification for amount requested (11 pt font, 0.5” margins), and a brief letter from the core facility director attesting to the availability of the proposed technical service. Applications are limited to one per investigator, and only new applications will be considered.

Please visit  this website for further proposal requirements and submission information as well as terms and conditions. Email any questions you may have to