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Children's Miracle Network Hospitals / Derfner Foundation Research Grants 2018

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Each year the Department of Pediatrics distributes support for clinical, basic, or applied research projects proposed by investigators within the Duke Children’s community which is made possible from generous donations from the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the Derfner Foundation. We are now issuing a call for applications for funding. It is hoped that funded projects will provide the preliminary data that will lead to successful future external grant applications and peer reviewed publications.  

The deadline for this combined program Research Awards grant cycle is January 5, 2018, at 11:59 pm.  The completed application, budget, and CV must be submitted as a Word document or PDF that is emailed to If you have questions, please email Dr. Coleen Cunningham (

All applications will be judged based upon:

  • Hypothesis
  • Likelihood of the work being successfully performed in the proposed time
  • Presence of power analysis
  • Budget is explained in detail and fully justified
  • Preliminary data are not required but will be considered if they are included in the application

Two categories of grants will be considered:

  • Grants of up to $20,000 over one year.
    • Eligible applicants include post-docs, residents, and fellows who are either based in the Department of Pediatrics or whose mentor has a primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.
    • A letter of support from the Mentor is required in the application.
    • Salary is not permitted in the budget.
  • Grants of up to $50,000 over one year.
    • Eligible applicants include faculty members whose primary appointment is the Department of Pediatrics.
    • Up to 10% PI effort may be included in the budget.
    • A description of how the data generated will be used in support of future grant applications for external funding.
    • Priority will be given to Junior faculty members who have a senior scientist mentor.
    • Senior faculty members who apply should provide a list of their current funding and a clear description of why their current funding does not support the proposed research.

Expectations of Awardees/Terms of Award

  1. At the time of the award, the recipient will be notified of the source of his/her award (CMNH or Derfner).  The designated source must be acknowledged any time the results of the study are presented or published.
  2. Acceptance of an award indicates that the investigator is willing to present the research project to an audience designated by the Duke Children’s Development Office.
  3. Some of the Research Awards will begin as quickly as possible while the majority will begin on July 1, 2018. Requests for carry-over of funds must be received in writing by the Award Committee no later than 30 days prior to the award termination date.  The request for carry-over must describe the reasons for the request.  Unexpended funds not requested for carry-over or those denied for carry-over will be returned to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Fund or Derfner Research Fund.  Over-expenditure of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or Derfner Research Awards is the responsibility of the award recipient.
  4. By July 1, 2019, the investigator will provide a written progress report of the research performed to date as well as a financial report summary detailing the expenditures of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or Derfner Research Award funds.  Failure to demonstrate adequate progress may lead to termination of funding.
  5. All awards are subject to SOM 15% Facilities and Administration (F&A) tax upon expenditure of the award dollars.  The award limit must include this expense and THIS MUST BE INCLUDED AS A LINE ITEM WHEN YOUR BUDGET IS BEING CREATED.

All proposals will be peer-reviewed, and awards will be announced on or before Feb 1, 2018