Research Vouchers Program 


The theme for the Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity is to address racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter – a setting in which racial and ethnic disparities are well-documented.

REACH Equity Research Vouchers Program will supplement currently funded research, or support standalone research projects conducted by faculty at any level and broadly related to the REACH Equity Center theme.

Proposals may include any research method (qualitative, quantitative, etc.) and may include any diagnosis, clinical setting, stage of illness, or age group.  However, the proposed research should clearly focus on issues related to addressing racial and ethnic disparities or improving health of underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in the clinical setting.

We encourage applications from both experienced disparities investigators and those who have not previously conducted health disparities research. We plan to fund one year awards of up to $12,500 each.

Examples of responsive proposals include but are not limited to:

  • Addition of an aim to a current project which focuses on issues related to REACH Equity theme (see above)
  • Additional participant enrollment in existing studies to create a more diverse population which facilitates an aim related to REACH Equity theme
  • Small primary data collection project (e.g., a survey of patients and providers related to racial disparities or underrepresented racial and ethnic populations health in the clinical setting; a chart review to identify factors related to disparities in outcomes)
  • Secondary data analyses related to racial and ethnic health disparities or health in the clinical setting
  • Analyses of Duke Health System data to explore causes and solutions of racial/ethnic disparities in the clinical encounter
  • Pilot testing of a Maestro application or other intervention to address racial/ethnic disparities in the clinical encounter

In developing the research proposal, applicants are strongly advised to consult the REACH Equity conceptual model here: REACH Conceptual Model. In addition, the REACH Table shows research examples related to REACH Equity’s Conceptual Model.

Both the Conceptual Model and the Table provide information on targets for intervention and outcomes of interest; however, these examples are meant to be illustrative only, and do not define the full range of potentially responsive projects.

If you have questions about these awards or about the alignment of your research question with the RFA, please contact Cheryl Miller ( to schedule a call with REACH Equity faculty.