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DGHI Announces New Grant Opportunities

September 12, 2017

Last week, the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) announced two requests for proposals: one for international travel awards, and another for our nascent Faculty-in-Residence program. Travel awards are open to DGHI faculty and affiliates, and the Faculty-in-Residence program is geared toward junior DGHI faculty members.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AWARDS

DGHI faculty and affiliates who are seeking to explore new research collaborations in a low- or middle-income country are invited to apply for an international travel grant of up to $5,000. Applications should emphasize the relationship of the proposal to DGHI’s research priorities and/or Priority Partnership Locations, as well as the prospects for longer-term external research funding support. 

Review priority will be given to:

  • Applicants who wish to travel to Cape Town or Peru
  • Junior DGHI faculty 
  • Faculty or affiliates who have never received a DGHI travel grant

The deadline for proposals is October 16, 2017. Awards will be announced on November 6.

View the Request for Proposals.

A Winning Proposal

What does a winning proposal look like? This spring, associate professor of medicine Leonor Corsino received a DGHI travel award to pursue global health research opportunities and collaboration with Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic—a country where DGHI has not previously conducted research. 

Corsino proposed three trips to the Dominican Republic, the first of which she took this summer. With support from the travel grant, Corsino intends to:

  • Conduct a needs assessment of the PUCMM School of Medicine research needs and available capacity in the areas of cardiovascular health, obesity and diabetes
  • Identify key potential collaborators at PUCMM and their current areas of development
  • Provide consultation in the areas of clinical research and medical education to further enhance the institution scientific and health care workforce

“Our first trip was a complete success,” Corsino reflected. “[DGHI associate professor of medicine] Dr. Sandro Pinheiro and I interviewed about 20 stakeholders at PUCMM, from the university president to students and faculty in the School of Medicine.”

She added, “During the trip, we identified clear areas of collaboration, and we’re currently working on several projects, including a potential application for a recently announced NIH opportunity. We’re extremely excited about the collaboration.”

FACULTY-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

Last year, DGHI initiated a Faculty-in-Residence program, which sent Lauren Franz, assistant professor of psychiatry and global health to Cape Town, South Africa, for the 2017-2018 academic year. We’re now seeking applications for the 2018-2019 academic year (six months to one year) from junior faculty members (see the proposal guidelines for details on what constitutes “junior faculty”).

In addition to advancing the faculty member’s research, the Faculty-in-Residence Program is intended to promote bilateral efforts in addressing global health issues, facilitate communication and partner collaboration, examine local challenges and capacity and help expand research activities. The recipient will be expected to mentor at least one Master of Science in Global Health student.

Priority will be given to applicants seeking to travel to one of the following DGHI Priority Partnership Locations:

  • Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Leogane, Haiti
  • Delhi, India
  • Lima, Peru

To apply, submit a letter of intent by October 16, 2017. The application deadline is November 27, and the award recipient will be notified by December 11.

View the Request for Proposals.

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Leonor Corsino Research Group Photo
Duke School of Medicine faculty member Leonor Corsino (second from left) with collaborators from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic this past summer. (L to R) Luis Ronald Capellan Cespedes, Corsino, Mary-Anne Butler and Lilibeth Albino Carrasco. Corsino received a DGHI travel grant in the spring, which funded her visit.

The Faculty-in-Residence Program is intended to promote bilateral efforts in addressing global health issues, facilitate communication and partner collaboration, examine local challenges and capacity and help expand research activities.

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