2022 Duke IPEC Grant Funding Available

Full Proposal Due: October 29, 2021 by 12 p.m.
Info/Orientation Session: September 29, 2021 | Presentation Slides | Recording


Duke Health Center for Interprofessional Education and Care (IPEC) is pleased to offer grant funding for Duke faculty and affiliated health professionals engaged in education program development for students enrolled in profession specific degree programs at the Schools of Medicine and Nursing—this includes Doctor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Physician Assistant, Doctor of Medicine, and Nursing (ABSN, MSN, DNP, PhD), Masters of Biological Sciences (MBS), and Pathologist’s Assistant Programs. This funding is intended to provide support for planned educational experiences aimed at students from two or more professions to learn “about, from, and with” each other. Our purpose is to support the development of programs that will provide students authentic experiences in interprofessional education and care.


Successful proposals will be both innovative and interprofessional. Innovations may take the form of coursework, practicums, clinical activities involving students, service learning opportunities, or curricula or co-/extra-curricular activities focused on shared competencies or novel teaching strategies for interprofessional groups of students.  All proposals should include a description of clear, achievable objectives with appropriately designed learning strategies, and measurable outcomes.  The following areas are expected to be addressed: 

Evaluation and Assessment
  • Proposals should include a well-delineated plan for learner assessment and program evaluation that provides data that is meaningful for both participants and leaders. 
  • Evaluation plans should provide information that supports the development and sustainability of the curriculum and its dissemination through presentation and publication.
Evidence of Interprofessional Participation
  • Project leadership should be interprofessional and representative of the professions of students participating.
  • For this purpose (adapted from the WHO Framework for Action on Interprofessional Education & Collaborative Practice), “interprofessional” means two or more professions collaborating and learning about, from and with each other to enable effective teamwork and, penultimately, to improve health outcomes.
    • The following examples are not considered interprofessional collaboration:
      • Two nurses collaborating or two physicians collaborating – even if crossing disciplines -- is not interprofessional.
      • A proposal targeting learners within the same professional cohort – even if lead by collaborators with different professional affiliations – may not be competitive in this funding mechanism.

We will prioritize support of projects that are innovative and illustrate the potential to positively transform the educational experience of participating students and the learning environment in Duke Health. In addition, the inclusion of trainees and student collaborators in the development of the proposal will strengthen the application for funding.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to register for and attend the Grant Proposal Orientation on September 29 from Noon-1:00 p.m. led by the Duke IPEC Center.


Duke faculty and affiliated health professionals engaged in education program development for students enrolled in foundational degree programs at the Schools of Medicine and Nursing.  One faculty member must be designated as the Principal Investigator (PI). (Note: VA faculty and staff are eligible to participate as collaborators, but projects must have a PI at Duke.) The Principal Investigator must provide a letter of support from his/her department chair or other equivalent chief of service or supervisor who most directly oversees his/her/their career advancement.

Important Dates

Full proposals are due by October 29 at 12PM.  Recipients will be notified beforehand and will be recognized at a celebration during Duke AHEAD’s Health Professions Education Day in March 2022. Funds will be available on April 1, 2022.


Reviews of full proposals will be performed by a committee of IPEC staff and Duke AHEAD steering committee members and evaluated according to alignment with the mission and goals of the IPEC Center including:

  • Evidence of interprofessional collaboration in project leadership and development
  • Depth and authenticity of engagement of interprofessional students
  • Clear and achievable learning objectives
  • Appropriately designed learning strategies
  • Quality and rigor of assessment plan (outcomes)
  • Potential for broader impacts (collateral benefits beyond study/project participants)
  • Potential for scholarship
  • Addressing IPEC priorities, including but not limited to: justice, diversity, equity and inclusion, well-being, and community engagement
  • Overall organization and quality of proposal

Our aim is to fund three projects at $8,000 each. Support will be limited to resources and services necessary for project implementation.  This may include financial support for individuals for facilitation or teaching that is not part of their current effort and with an allowance for up to 25% of the total budget for PI salary support if necessary. If food is a required budget item, the grantee will assume all risk and responsibility.  Duke Health guidelines for communal dining must be followed to ensure the safety of all participants.  The grant review committee reserves the right to award funds based evaluation of the submitted budget on the number of applications received.  The program will last for one year and quarterly meetings will be held.  Grantees will be asked to participate in a final project presentation and provide feedback on the process and experience.

Please respond to the brief Intent to Submit Form, if you are interested in submitting a proposal. Please review the Orientation presentation for more information.

The full proposal application submission is due on October 29 at Noon through Qualtrics.  If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours after submission, please email jacqueline.brown@duke.edu

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