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Need assistance with research funding?

Utilize this page to explore tools and resources to assist in identifying funding opportunities that are a good match for your project idea and eligibility. 

Things to consider when seeking funding opportunities:

The funding opportunity should match the activity, field, and eligibility of the investigator

Make sure both you and your idea are a match for the sponsor and/or mechanism!

  • Consider if your proposed idea matches the funding opportunity’s intent
  • Ensure that you meet investigator eligibility for both the sponsor and the institution. Some opportunities are limited to applicants at certain stages of their career, or to those who match other criteria. Duke also has eligibility criteria for principal investigator status. In certain circumstances, Duke personnel not eligible for PI status as defined by the policy may request PI status for a grant or project.
The amount of funding available from the opportunity and the duration of the funding

Amount and duration of funding should match your expected needs – much larger or longer, and it’s likely to be difficult to grow your idea or team to match; much smaller or shorter could necessitate scaling back the idea significantly.

Deadlines and timelines

Is there enough time to prepare a clear, compelling, and complete application?

While pressure can be energizing, make sure you choose an opportunity that works given your other obligations – both at home and at work – and others’ necessary contributions (such as your grants and contracts administrator!).

Also, internal deadlines for review and submission (prior to the funder’s submission date) should be taken into account. Both the Office of Research Support and the Office of Research Administration require that the full application is ready for review 5 days prior to the funder's deadline

Collaborate with your grants and contracts administrator to ensure that other internal activities are completed so that this timeline can be kept.

SBIR and STTR programs

Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are available to fund innovative research and development projects at small businesses.  Some of these funds may be subcontracted into Duke.  The Office of Research Support (ORS) for campus and Office of Research Contracts (ORC) for School of Medicine provides guidance on funding, eligibility, and conflict of interest concerns for researchers working with companies applying to SBIR and STTR programs.

Funding opportunity search tools

The following self-service tools are available to explore various types of research funding.