February is fast approaching, and with it comes a number of deadlines for funding opportunities aimed at Duke Faculty interested in expanding their research repertoires. The Office of the Vice Provost for Research is pleased to co-sponsor multiple small grant programs to help Duke Campus Faculty develop research relationships with Duke Health Faculty or Chinese Faculty, respectively. We also wish to promote institutional use of the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility.


Win a grant to work in the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) and maybe they’ll let you wear a bunny suit under the orange lights too! (Duke Photography)

Collaborative Quantitative Approaches to Problems in the Basic and Clinical Sciences” is supported by many offices at Duke, with the goal of encouraging new and enhancing existing research collaborations between the Campus and School of Medicine around quantitative basic and clinical research challenges. Topics in all areas of medical research will be considered, but the area must be of potential interest to external funding agencies. The deadline to submit applications is February 1.

Collaborative Environmental Research between Duke Campus Faculty and Chinese Collaborators” likewise provides support to Campus Faculty wishing to develop research collaborations, specifically with Chinese faculty interested in environmental science. Use of the Duke Kunshan University facilities is highly encouraged. The deadline to submit applications is February 12.

Lastly, we are also welcoming applications to the 2016 Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) voucher program! SMIF is an interdisciplinary shared resource providing researchers with high quality and cost effective access to advanced materials characterization and fabrication capabilities. The deadline to submit applications is February 15. For more information on SMIF, please visit: https://smif.lab.duke.edu/pdf/SMIFoverview.doc

To view the full list of RFPs, please visit http://research.duke.edu/funding/OVPR-RFPs. For more information on any of the current RFPs, please contact Kelly Lindblom (kelly.lindblom@duke.edu), the Assistant Director of Research Initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. Kelly Lindblom