Headlines & Deadlines | January 30, 2019

Multi-site study design easier than ever as ACT Network grows to 32 sites

In 2018, Duke was part of the initial rollout of the Accrual to Clinical Trials (ACT) Network, a consortium of leading academic medical research centers nationwide sharing de-identified patient population counts, making it easier to determine and demonstrate feasibility of clinical trials and identify potential collaborators for multi-site studies.

Read more about the network here.
CD2H IDEA Competition for the CTSA Program

The Idea Competition is designed to solicit ideas and proposals from the CTSA community for a future DREAM Challenge. The winner of the CD2H Idea Competition will be awarded a subcontract for up to $100K to support activities associated with the development and execution of a challenge, that include (a) data extraction and curation (b) algorithm development and assessment, and (c) domain expert support.

The ideal “Idea” proposal should pose a question that is solvable, measurable, and of broad interest to the CTSA biomedical community. Example Challenges might include:

  • Prediction of 30-day readmission or patient disease risk.
  • Inference of patient diagnosis.
  • Assessment of Natural Language Processing algorithms against a gold-standard data set.
  • Comparison of clinical trial matching algorithms.
Initial Idea Competition Proposals Deadline: February 15, 2019

The MURDOCK Study offers a range of assets and capabilities. In 10 years, the study has grown to a 12,526-participant, community-based longitudinal cohort. The first step to collaborate with the MURDOCK Study is completing an online proposal concept form. Contact Karen Johnson (919-668-8447) or Julie Eckstrand (336-260-9802) for more information.

Read more about the anniversary celebration and collaboration.

CTSA Collaborative Awards

The CTSA Program Collaborative Innovation Award and the CTSA Program Exploratory Collaborative Innovation Award support collaborative research activities that develop innovative solutions that will improve the efficiency, quality, and impact of turning laboratory, clinic, and community observations into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public.

Applications Due March 8, 2019

Please contact Karen Johnson, CTSA Program Director, if you have any questions about these Collaborative Awards and if you plan to apply.

Population Health Improvement Awards

CTSI Population Health Improvement Co-Development Awards: LOI Deadline EXTENDED January 31, 2019
Facilitates new investigative community-academic partnerships designed to improve community health and may also include health research that advances the science of stakeholder and community-engaged research.
View the RFA
CTSI Population Health Improvement Advanced Partnership Awards: LOI Deadline EXTENDED January 31, 2019
Supports joint research proposals from community organizations/groups and Duke researchers who have already developed innovations to address health problems and are ready to advance pilot testing these solutions through broader community-engaged implementation research studies.
View the RFA

Population Health Improvement Collaboration Seed Awards: Applications accepted on a rolling basis
Small planning awards of $1,500 to community organizations and Duke investigators interested in working with the CTSI’s Community Engaged Research Initiative (CeRi) for guidance on developing impactful community-research partnerships and planning collaborative population health improvement research proposals that impact community and population health.
View the RFA

NIH HEAL Initiative – Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network

  • funding opportunity for clinical trials related to opioid and pain treatment research
  • Clinical trials will be conducted within the existing NCATS CTSA program Trial Innovation Network
  • Short turnaround! Deadline: February 1, 2019
Get more information and view the RFAs here. For questions and guidance, contact Jamie Roberts (

BRiDGE RFA for expertise and space in the Chesterfield building 

BRiDGE offers laboratory benches, equipment, facilities, conference rooms, offices, and cubicles at the Chesterfield building, in downtown Durham. It provides a lab administrator (for ordering, etc.), as well as access to an entrepreneur mentor, and summer interns.

  • Eligibility: Duke faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and students who are founders of companies spinning out of Duke.
  • We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for the January to November 2019 cycle. License agreements can be renewed for up to a total of three years.
  • For questions, contact
  • Learn more and view the RFA

Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Grants

  • No fixed award limit. Approximately $700,000 is available annually to fund ~3-5 projects
  • Support collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering and a clinical department in the Duke University Health System.
  • Learn more and view the RFA.

CTSI Consults

Get answers to your questions about clinical and translational research at Duke. CTSI offers consultations in areas such as funding and project management, career and translational science skills, community-engaged research, and more.

Learn more about how you can request a consult.
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