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Need assistance with research funding?

Utilize this page to explore tools and resources to assist in identifying funding opportunities that align with specific project ideas and eligibility. 

Things to consider when seeking funding opportunities:

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

The investigator should ensure that they and their idea are a match for the sponsor and/or mechanism!

  • Consider if the proposed idea matches the funding opportunity’s intent
  • Ensure that investigator eligibility for both the sponsor and the institution are met. 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 expected needs – much larger or longer, and it’s likely to be difficult to grow an idea or team to match; much smaller or shorter could necessitate scaling back an idea significantly.

Deadlines and timelines

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

While pressure can be energizing, opportunities should be chosen that work given investigator's other obligations – both at home and at work – and others’ necessary contributions (such as the grant manager).

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

The investigator should collaborate with their grant manager to ensure that other internal activities are completed so that this timeline can be kept.

Funding with Special Considerations

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 Provost area/campus schools 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.

SBIR and STTR Guidance

Institutionally Limited Nominations (ILNs)

Institutionally limited funding opportunities differ from other funding opportunities, in that Duke University is invited to submit a limited number of proposals in response to each solicitation. Therefore, anyone interested in submitting a proposal to one of these programs must first submit an application for internal review and nomination by the appointed review committee.

ILN Guidance

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Partnership

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions for the Department of Energy and other federal agencies to advance national priorities in science, health, education, and national security. It provides many opportunities for teachers and students through a variety of fellowships, grants, scholarships, workshops, and joint-faculty appointments.

ORAU Partnership

Funding opportunity search tools

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