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DGHI Seeking Pilot Grant Proposals in Cancer and Environmental Health

September 20, 2016
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As part of a previous global cancer pilot grant, researcher Karina Pepineli works with former global health resident Laura Musselwhite at the Barretos Cancer Hospital in Brazil.

The Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) recently released two requests for proposals for pilot projects in global cancer and global environmental health, two of our seven research priority areas.

DGHI periodically provides pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research across its research priority areas, with the goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain further external funding. All Duke faculty are eligible to apply for the pilot grants.

Global Cancer Pilot Grant

The Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) has partnered with DGHI to build Duke’s global cancer program; the focus of the program is to increase cancer research and education in low and middle income countries, where approximately 70% of all cancer deaths occur. Through this program, DGHI and DCI actively engage researchers across the university and medical center on issues such as disease pathogenesis, mHealth, palliative care, disease prevention and health promotion.

DGHI and DCI will award grants for two projects that address issues relating to cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis or treatment in resource-constrained environments, providing up to $25,000 direct costs for one year of support for each project. The program will not support clinical trials.

Special emphasis and consideration will be given for: 

  • Interdisciplinary research between DGHI and DCI faculty
  • New collaborations and projects and investigators new to global health research
  • Projects based the Tata Medical Center in Kolkata, India; Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania; or the Barretos Cancer Center in Barretos, Brazil

The deadline to apply is October 16. 

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Global Environmental Health Pilot Grant

Leaders in the DGHI’s global environmental health initiative are interested in receiving proposals that address the effect of various aspects of vulnerability—such as age, economic status, or genetics—on the relationship between environmental factors and health. Examples of relevant research themes include effects of climate change on emerging infectious disease; effects of urbanization on air pollution and human health; and access to safe drinking water. 

Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 for projects lasting up to one year; smaller proposals for shorter periods are also encouraged. Applications must propose work in low and middle income countries, and applicants are encouraged to identify collaborating in-country investigators.

Special emphasis and consideration will be given for: 

  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals 
  • Proposals that plan to leverage existing studies, population cohorts or data sets to address a novel global environmental health problem
  • Investigators new to global environmental health research 
  • Projects proposed for collaboration in DGHI’s Priority Partnership Locations 

The deadline to apply is November 2.

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Collecting Sediment Samples
As part of a previous global environmental health pilot grant, former DGHI postdoctoral fellow Beth Feingold, doctoral scholar Sarah Diringer and a field assistant collect sediment samples at the Alto Madre de Dios River in Peru.

All Duke faculty are eligible to apply for the pilot grants. Faculty who are new to global health research are encouraged to apply.

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