2023-2024 Grant Funding Now Available


DEADLINE – January 26, 2024 by 5:00 pm

As part of our efforts to support the vision, creativity, ingenuity, and scholarly work of educators and educational researchers, we are pleased to offer project funding for members of Duke AHEAD. This competitive funding mechanism is intended to provide critical start up for pilot research or funding for innovative projects that will generate new evidence, new ideas, and/or new approaches for improving health professions education. We will prioritize projects that are innovative and that illustrate the potential to positively transform the educational experience of learners and/or the learning environment in Duke Health in the following areas:

  • Innovative educational strategies and practices that apply or advance adult learning theory
  • social justice
  • community connections
  • creating a supportive, healthy learning environment

Innovations may take the form of educational research, or pilot programs that allow for the creation, refinement, and/or assessment of “big ideas” in health professions education that can be challenging to implement at full scale. Pilot programs might then be used to support follow-on intramural and extramural proposals aimed at larger-scale implementation.

Please consult Duke AHEAD’s website for examples of previously funded projects. Additional questions can be directed to our co-chairs of the Research and Innovations subcommittee (Megan von Isenburg megan.vonisenburg@duke.edu or Leonard White len.white@duke.edu).

Eligibility: This funding is limited to Duke AHEAD members. Each project team must have a School of Medicine or School of Nursing regular rank faculty member designated as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator. Project teams can include trainees, learners, and professional staff. The Principal Investigator and any Co-Principal Investigators must provide a letter of support from their department chair or equivalent chief of service or supervisor who directly oversees their career advancement.

Review Process & Important datesProposals are due by January 26th at 5:00 pm.    

Evaluation: Proposals will be reviewed by a committee that includes educators and prior grant recipients. Proposals will be evaluated for alignment with the mission and goals of Duke AHEAD and for these criteria, recognizing that not all will be relevant to a given proposal:

  • organization and quality of proposal
  • importance of outcomes
  • potential impact, including collateral benefits beyond project participants
  • rigor of assessment plan
  • dissemination plan
  • potential sustainability of project
  • potential for scholarship

Funding: Projects will be funded at two levels: up to $5,000 or up to $10,000. Multiple projects will be funded. Support will be limited to resources and services necessary for project implementation, with up to 25% of the total budget to allow for PI support if necessary. The grant review committee reserves the right to offer partial awards and/or redistribute funds based on the number of proposals awarded and the relevance of budgeted items. 

Submission: The full proposal should be submitted electronically by January 26th at 5:00 pm. Please submit the final proposal here. A template of the submission can be found here.  A budget template will need to be uploaded to the submission site.  That template can be found here and on the submission site.The submission site will close at 5:01 pm on January 26th and no late submissions will be accepted. You will receive confirmation that your proposal was received. If you have not received confirmation within 24 hours, please email dukeahead@dm.duke.edu.

Notice of Award: Applicants will be notified about the status of the award with feedback the week of March 4th, 2024.  Grant awardees will be publicly announced at our annual Education Day on March 22, 2024 and PIs should plan to attend or designate a collaborator to attend to accept the award.