Proposal Process

Call for Proposals

The Wallace H. Coulter Endowment provides approximately $700,000 for direct costs each year to support the translation of projects. Typically, three to five grants are funded each cycle.

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Potential applicants are encouraged to submit a brief summary (less than one page) of the research project, clinical need being addressed, knowledge of IP landscape, potential users of the technology, etc.

The goal of submitting the summary is to strengthen proposals by initiating discussion and action with Coulter Project Team and Duke Office of Licensing & Ventures, in addition to experts outside Duke to assess the idea and provide feedback related to market and IP.


Potential applicants meet with CPD team for advice and guidance on project idea and development of a strong proposal.


Faculty submit proposal(s), along with a rough budget with approximate salaries and expected supply expenses. Full budgets with departmental approvals will be obtained in time for projects that are recommended for funding. Oversight Committee & Coulter Project Team will then review and discuss submitted proposals.


Potential applicant pool is approximately cut in half. Strongest applicants are invited to present their project before the Oversight Committee for oral presentation.


Awardees are contacted; complete budgets are prepared and submitted.


Budgets are reviewed, corrected and signed off. 

July – August

1. Assignment of Project Managers to projects

2. Kickoff meetings with Project Managers and Barry Myers

August 31

All prior award fund codes are closed.

September 1

New fund codes are opened and the first quarter begins.


The Coulter Program Director and staff assist in preparing grants (i.e., STTR grants and NC Innovative Development for Economic Advancement Awards)

The Coulter team’s relationship with the Office of Licenses and Ventures helps to move projects closer to clinical application.