Grant Writing Support

Pediatrics Grant Application Process

In an effort to streamline and improve our process and ensure accurate and timely submission, please note the following steps for all faculty/post-docs/trainees planning to submit a grant:

Greater than 45 days before due date: Send an email to your assigned Grants Contract Administrator (GCA) (see list below) immediately upon your decision to submit a grant application. Upon receipt of your email, your GCA will schedule a kickoff meeting at least 45 days prior the due date of your submission to the grant sponsor. [NOTE: if you do not provide your GCA sufficient advance notice for them to schedule this meeting (45 days prior), your submission will be at risk of not being reviewed or submitted.] – Please do not submit your SOM Intent to Submit form via myRESEARCHhome before you have your kickoff meeting with your GCA.

45 Days Before Due Date: GCA will schedule a kickoff meeting to go over details within the Intent to Submit form, including personnel/effort, need for subcontracts, budget, etc. The purpose of this meeting will be to ensure complete and timely submission of the SOM Intent to Submit form, the companion SOM Proposal Intake form, and provide a timeline of what items will be needed by whom to ensure overall a timely and high quality submission to ORA and then to the sponsor.

Additional Information

  • Information and valuable tips on myRESEARCHpath about preparing and submitting a grant at Duke [Learn more]
  • Details and FAQs about institutional deadlines and requirements [Learn more]
  • Research onboarding with the myRESEARCHnavigators team is required for any new faculty within 90 days of hire/faculty appointment AND for first time PIs on external awards. [Learn more]

Grant Timelines

The Department of Pediatrics has developed the following timeline to ensure submissions are complete and reviewed in a timely manner. The Department aims to submit the best possible proposals that have received internal review and comments prior to the first submission. Email Katie Misuraca with questions.

Grant Administrators

LeAnne Camp
Portfolio: Allergy and Immunology, Cardiology, Hematology/Oncology, Rheumatology.

Byron Smith
Portfolio: Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Medical Genetics (Gregory Crawford and Vandana Shashi only), Neonatology, General Pediatrics and Adolescents -Healthy Lifestyles, Obesity Research Center.

Feng Wang
Portfolio: Nephrology, Neurology/Rehab, Infectious Diseases.

Tammy Smith
Portfolio: Child Abuse and Neglect, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, GME, Med-Pediatrics, Office of Pediatric Education.

Michele Ragland
Portfolio: Transplant and Cellular Therapy, Medical Genetics, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, Children's Health Discovery Initiative.

Marsha Newby
Portfolio: Senior Grants and Contracts Manager.

[Please contact your divisional grant manager early and often to ensure compliance with institutional policies.]

Department Resources

Grant Reviews

Katherine Misuraca, PhD, provides overall guidance in format and organization as well as writing support for scientific premise and clarity of presentation to members of the Duke Department of Pediatrics. She also coordinates the internal peer reviews of grant applications (add link). Katherine received a PhD in molecular cancer biology in 2014 from Duke and has been providing grant writing support to Duke Pediatrics faculty since 2016. Her focus is on NIH R and K level submissions along with coordinating department-wide training grant submissions, however, time permitting she can assist with other types of grants, including foundation and internal submissions. If you would like to request assistance, please contact her well in advance of your due date (preferably at least 2 months for NIH grants, longer if you would like an internal peer review).

Katherine Misuraca, PhD
Director of Research Development
Department of Pediatrics
(919) 681-5877 office  

Concept Reviews

To sustain and grow our existing research program, the Department of Pediatrics has implemented a set of intensive principles and processes for the internal peer review and submission of research grant applications including:

  • NIH R01 and K awards 
  • NIH R21, foundation grants, and smaller awards 

Please contact Katherine Misuraca at least 4 months prior to your NIH due date if you are interested, and see the Concept Review Policy below.

Department of Pediatrics K Club

The Department of Pediatrics K Club is open to all faculty members with primary appointments in Pediatrics and fellows who are submitting NIH K applications. Register online at least 7 months before your due date.

Statistical and Data Analysis Support for Grant Applications

The Department of Pediatrics Statistics and Data Science Support Core will assist in the development of statistical analysis sections for grant proposals. Support must be requested at least 2 months prior to the submission deadline and the grant budget must include support for faculty and staff statisticians. See link for more information and an intake form to request support.

Templates / Boilerplates / Resources

See Funder-specific resources and templates on myRESEARCH path.


Duke requires all PIs and key personnel to use the new Biosketch and other support forms effective May 25, 2021 (even though NIH requires it to be used after January 25, 2022). Contact for questions: Katherine Misuraca, PhD at

Faculty Mentoring Committees

Visit the Pediatrics Faculty Development site for resources and links to the intranet for documents, SOPs and templates.

Department Contact

Vice Chair, Research
Christoph Hornik, MD, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Critical Care Medicine
Chief, Division of Quantitative Sciences

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This widely acclaimed seminar, presented by Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops LLC comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is an all-day program, held once a year (typically in July or August) sponsored by the Office of Research Initiatives. Emphasis is given to such things as idea development, identification of the most appropriate granting agency, how to write for reviewers, and tips and strategies that are of proven value in presenting an applicant's case to reviewers, geared towards NIH format and review.


Writing from the Reader's Perspective is a three-part seminar series presented by George D. Gopen, JD, PhD focusing on writing from the reader’s perspective. The series is based on the concept that in order to improve writing, it is first necessary to understand the process of reading. The ideas presented in this series of workshops have changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant-writing and publication success.  The seminars are no longer routinely offered at Duke, however access to a series of videos may be possible; inquire with the Pediatrics Office for Faculty or Pediatric Research.