Funding/Capital Resources

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Duke Internal Resources

  1. The Coulter Translational Partnership is funded by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation to support collaborative translational research projects that involve co-investigators from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a clinical department in the Duke University Health System.  The purpose of this program is to support collaborative research that addresses unmet clinical needs and leads to improvements in health care and to commercial products.
  2. The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) accelerates the translation and implementation of scientific discoveries into health benefits for patients and communities.  The CTSI provides grant support for all stages of translation (T1-T4) from discovery science to clinical trials and community interventions.  The CTSI also provides guidance to faculty innovators through the CTSI Consult Service and access to resources and networking via its research navigators.
  3. The Duke Institute for Health Innovation (DIHI) promotes innovation in health and health care through high-impact innovation pilots, leadership development, and cultivation of a community of entrepreneurship.
  4. The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, founded with a generous gift from David M. Rubenstein in January of 2013, helps convert the knowledge born at the university into tangible action that improves and enriches lives across all strata of society.
  5. The Mobile App Gateway, sponsored by Duke’s CTSI, is the entry point for support of digital health and mobile app research and development throughout Duke Health and Duke University.
  6. Duke FORGE is part of a community spanning the university, the Duke health system, and beyond that is using data science to develop actionable insights and improve health outcomes.
  7. MEDx (Medicine + Engineering at Duke) was forged in summer 2015 to enhance existing ties and foster new interdisciplinary collaborations between the School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering, as the first part of a forthcoming Provost initiative to create opportunities at the intersections of academic units.
  8. Duke Research Funding Opportunities Database As a service for all researchers at Duke University and the School of Medicine, Duke’s Office of Research Support Funding site provides an extensive database of funding opportunities of interest to the Duke community. The list is searchable by discipline, eligibility, sponsor, etc.

Other Captial Resources

  1. The Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) is a nationally connected network that helps Triangle entrepreneurs build and grow successful companies.  They provide education, mentoring and capital formation resources to technology-based, high-growth entrepreneurs.
  2. The Duke Angel Network (DAN) facilitates investments by its members in Duke-affiliated companies with potential for high growth and significant financial returns. DAN is uniquely dedicated to connecting, supporting, and cultivating the Duke entrepreneurial community. In addition to providing capital, we actively match Duke alumni expertise with portfolio companies to drive growth.
  3. The First Flight Venture Center (FFVC) is a high-science, high-impact incubator located in the heart of Research Triangle Park. Established in 1991, FFVC offers 25,000 square feet of leasable office and laboratory space for up to 40 emerging high-science, high-impact companies.
  4. NC IDEA is a private foundation with a mission to maximize the economic potential of the people of North Carolina by supporting the formation and fruition of high-growth entrepreneurial endeavors in the state.  NC IDEA offers seed grants, accelerator programs, and coaching for start-up companies.
  5. Osage Partners is a family of venture capital funds that includes Osage Venture Partners and Osage University Partners. Each fund has a dedicated professional staff and a distinct investment strategy.
  6. NCBiotech grants fill critical funding gaps along the innovation continuum – from building university infrastructure to supporting early-stage development of university inventions to help move technology toward commercialization.