Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership

Accelerating development of promising bioengineering research

Since 2006, the Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership has supported collaborative research projects that address unmet clinical needs and lead to improvements in health care and to commercial products.

During the first 10 years of this partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, $8 million was awarded to 39 supported projects, yielding $489 million in follow-on funding and 13 licences to industry.

Browse lists of current and previous projects.

the Grant Cycle

Call for Proposals


  • March 9: Proposals due
  • March 9 - April 14: Review of proposals and selection for oral presentations
  • May: Oral presentations and selection of grant recipients
  • May: Announce winners
  • September 1: Launch projects¬†
  • December 1: First quarterly report due
  • February: Project update presentation to the Oversight Committee
  • March 1: Second quarterly report due

About us

Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership infographic

Duke BME was one of nine biomedical engineering programs to receive a partnership award in 2005 from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

During the first 10 years of this partnership, $8 million was awarded to 39 supported projects, yielding $489 million in follow-on funding and 13 licences to industry.

At Duke, the partnership award supports collaborative translational research projects that involve a co-investigator from the Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering and co-investigator from a clinical department of Duke Health.

Examples of desirable outcomes include inventions, patents, improved diagnosis and treatment of disease, follow-on funding (e.g., grants, SBIR, angel investment) commercial products, licenses, commercial partnerships and/or start-up companies.

Selection Criteria

Each year, we have a call for proposals. Each translational research proposal must have at least one individual whose primary or secondary appointment is within the Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering, and at least one clinical investigator. The research must relate directly to applications in health care, and the objectives of the project should include an outcome that will benefit patients.

Evaluation of each proposal will be on the basis of scientific merit, potential health care impact and significance, experience of the investigators, the potential for commercialization or translation to patient care and for successfully obtaining further support.  

Each year we typically award three to five grants. Award amounts vary based upon amount requested and budget evaluation of the Oversight Committee. Typically, we have about $700,000 per year for awards.