Research Vouchers Program 

Application submissions for this award are now closed. 


APPLICATIONS OPEN:  January 23, 2023

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  March 17 by 11:59 PM

FUNDING STARTS:  July 1, 2023


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 theme.  The Center’s theme 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. 

Proposals may include any research method (qualitative, quantitative, etc.), 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 the health of minoritized racial and ethnic populations in the clinical setting. In developing the research proposal, applicants are strongly advised to consult the REACH Equity Conceptual Model. In addition, please visit the website for more information about funded REACH Equity projects.

We encourage applications from both experienced disparities investigators and those who have not previously conducted health disparities research. We plan to fund two 1-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 addressing racial disparities or improving the health of minoritized racial and ethnic populations  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 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

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

Information for Applicants


  • Any investigator of any academic rank with a full-time faculty appointment at Duke
  • No exclusions based on current or prior funding
  • No exclusion based on prior health disparities research experience

Application requirements

Applications: No more than 4 pages in length for proposal (excluding NIH Biosketch and other application requirements listed below). 

  • Background and rationale for project
  • Objectives and methods, including statistical plan
  • Relationship to REACH Equity theme
  • Anticipated next steps (future funding, intervention, etc.)
  • Timeline and funding period: One year

In addition to the research proposal, other application requirements (not included in 4-page limit):

  • Budget of up to $12,500 and narrative justification for each budget item. Funds may be used for research personnel, research supplies, or statistical support. Submit on PHS Budget Form 2590, Form Page 2 and 3 - available here:
  • NIH Biosketch

Additional Requirements and Opportunities for Funded Applications

Applicants who are funded as part of REACH Equity Voucher Program are expected to:

  • Participate in REACH Equity activities to the extent possible—(Research Works in Progress (RWIP) seminars, REACH Equity annual colloquium)
  • Provide 6 month progress and final report of study activities
  • In addition, REACH Equity voucher recipients are invited to participate in the Health Disparities Research Curriculum

Review criteria

  1. Research plan
  2. Relationship to REACH Equity theme
  3. Timeline and feasibility
  4. Potential impact


  • Application opens: January 23, 2023
  • Application submission deadline: March 17, 2023 by 11:59 pm
  • Funding announcement: Late May 2023
  • Funding begins: July 2023

To Apply

Prior to beginning an application, please closely review the application requirements as detailed above.  REACH Equity uses My Research Proposal online application submission platform.

To apply, visit, click on "Create New User" (or log in if you have an account). Proposals must be submitted under the Principal Investigator's name.

Enter Access Code "REACH" then select the "REACH Equity Research Vouchers Program Program 2023" funding opportunity and follow the instructions.

  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal platform is available here.
  • For questions concerning MyResearchProposal, please contact or call 919-668-4774.
  • Application opens: January 23, 2023
  • Application submission deadline: 11:59 pm, March 17, 2023
  • Funding announcement: Late May
  • Funding begins: July 2023