Funding opps: Duke REACH Equity announces research, education and training awards and a diversity supplement

Friday, January 18, 2019

Duke REACH Equity Center has announced new research, education and training funding opportunities and a Diversity Supplement. 

Duke REACH Equity also is accepting applications for its Career Development Award (Deadline Feb. 15). Learn more.

Research, Education, Training Awards

Open now, deadline March 31 for July 2019 funding. These awards are to support investigators at every career stage who are interested in conducting research which promotes health equity.  There are three funding opportunities:

  • Research Vouchers Program will supplement currently funded research, or support standalone research projects conducted by faculty at any level, broadly related to the REACH Equity theme, and completed over one year. Funding: One year up to $12,500 per award. Full Research Vouchers Program RFA is available here. Current awardee list is available here.
  • Research Scholars Development Program is intended to support early-stage investigators (residents, fellows, postdoctoral students, nursing trainees with a research or health professional degree or equivalent trainees) who are interested in conducting health disparities research.  Scholars work with a faculty mentor (identified by the trainee) to develop a research proposal and complete a project over two years. Funding: Up to $5,000 total for one or two year project per award. Full Research Scholars Development RFA is available here. Current awardee list is available here.
  • Transdisciplinary Think Tank (TTT) provide support to bring together faculty across disciplines who have a common interest in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the clinical encounter.  The TTTs aim to catalyze and support research related to the REACH Equity theme and to foster collaboration among health disparities researchers across Duke University. Funding: One year up to $1,500 per award. Full Transdisciplinary Think Tank RFA is available here. Current awardee list is available here.

Applicants for all three awards should propose research broadly related to the theme. Proposals may include any research method (quantitative, qualitative, etc.) idea, but should clearly focus on issues related to addressing racial and ethnic disparities or improving underrepresented racial and ethnic populations health in the clinical setting. 

Applications open now, due March 31 for July 2019 funding.

Contact Cheryl Miller with questions:

Diversity Supplement

Open now, deadline February 28 for submission of Specific Aims and CV. Funding likely to start in September 2019.

The REACH Equity Center is eligible for “Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research” (

These mentored research awards are administrative supplements tied to a funded (“parent”) study or center.  REACH Equity may apply for one award to be sponsored by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). NIMHD supports supplement applications for fellows and junior faculty. NIMHD will make the ultimate funding decision about a proposed REACH Equity diversity supplement. This internal RFA will identify one applicant/proposal for submission to NIMHD.  

Eligibility: REACH Equity co-investigators are not eligible. Applicants must be at the rank of Post-doctoral Fellow, Medical Instructor, or Assistant Professor. Individuals may not be considered simultaneously for both the diversity supplement and the REACH Equity Career Development Award. Current REACH Equity awardees cannot apply for the diversity supplement.

Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is a member of a group that is under-represented in biomedical research, defined by NIH as:

  • Racial and ethnic minority groups
  1. Blacks or African Americans
  2. Hispanics or Latinos
  3. American Indians or Alaska Natives
  4. Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
  • Disabled
  • Particularly women in any of these groups

Research proposal:

  • Must be relevant to the REACH Equity theme – available here
  • Must be a supplement/subproject/extension of one of the three REACH Equity studies - see “Research Projects” here
  • International projects are not eligible

Full Diversity Supplement RFA is available here.

Specific Aims and CV due February 28. Meeting with Center faculty to discuss proposed project is required before February 28 submission deadline. Contact Cheryl Miller, to request a meeting.