Grants and Funding

DGHI Funding

DGHI deploys internal funding to enhance the global health research portfolio of the institute. Typically, the institute awards seed funding through the following competitive grant opportunities:

  • Pilot grants of up to $25,000 for a single year, which are designed to support new interdisciplinary collaborations in global health research. Pilot grants are often awarded to support a particular theme or emerging area of research, and DGHI frequently partners with other Duke entities in awarding the grants. To be selected, proposals must have good potential to earn external funding down the road.
  • Travel grants of $5,000, which are awarded twice a year, primarily to junior faculty, to support travel to a specific location. These grants are designed to allow faculty to explore the feasibility of starting a research project in a new location. They are open to all Duke faculty.
  • Visiting scholar grants, which help enable scholars from DGHI partner institutions to spend time at Duke. These grants allow DGHI faculty to bring colleagues from other parts of the world to campus to expand their knowledge or collaborate on projects.

External Funding

Consult the Duke Research Funding page for up-to-date information about funding opportunities.

Current Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Global Health Travel or Research Small Grants

Proposal due dates: April 3, 2023 or earlier

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) is pleased to offer small research support or travel grants of up to $5000 each to DGHI faculty and affiliates. Travel grants can be used to pursue global health research opportunities in low, lower- and upper- middle-income countries (a listing of eligible countries can be found at the World Bank website) OR focused on health disparities in the American South.

Contact: Kelly Deal



Request for Proposals: Pilot Research Topics in Global Health Equity

Proposal due dates: April 24, 2023

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites interdisciplinary teams led by regular rank faculty with a DGHI affiliation to submit research proposals around health equity in global health research. Pilot funding will support projects that focus on identifying, reducing and/or eliminating health disparities or other contributors to health-related social injustices.

Contact: Kelly Deal



Request for Proposals: Duke Global Health Institute Local GH Engagement

Proposal due dates: Rolling deadline through May 8, 2023

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) invites proposals for local university-community partnership projects that address key global health concerns. Through this RFP, DGHI will provide pilot funds to interdisciplinary teams led by DGHI faculty to stimulate Local is Global collaborations (see RFP for details, and the eligibility criteria).

Contact: Sarah Cao or Sumi Ariely


DGHI Grants Team

DGHI’s grants team provides pre- and post-award support for faculty who have MOUs with the institute. If you have an established MOU with DGHI that gives you access to the grants team, contact a grants manager to discuss the pre- and post-award process. If you have questions about establishing an MOU with the institute, contact the DGHI director of operations.

Contact the Grants Team