Coulter Translational Partnership

Since 2006, the goal of the Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership Grant Program has been to accelerate the development of promising bioengineering research that address important unmet clinical needs and leads to improvement in commercial development and clinical practice.

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.

Duke-Coulter Translational Partnership infographic


Each year, we have a call for proposals. Each translational research proposal must have at least one individual whose primary or secondary appointment is in the 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.

See a list of our current projects.

Deadlines for the 2017-2018 Grant Cycle

  • 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
  • March 1: Second quarterly report due
  • February: Project update presentation to the Oversight Committee