Application Process FAQ

What is the application process?

The application is now closed for 2020. Sign up if you'd like to receive information about the K12 program.

How do I apply to the program?

Proposals are submitted via Duke’s MyResearchProposal online submission system.

  • To apply, go to, click on “Create New User” (or log in if you already have an account). Proposals must be submitted under the Principal Investigator’s name.
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal software is available - Please review this document.
  • Enter Access Code ‘DISCO’ then select the “DISCO NIH K-12 Mentored Career Development and Research Program” funding opportunity and follow the instructions.

What if I have questions about how to use the online submission system?

For questions concerning MyResearchProposal passwords or system issues, please contact Anita Grissom or Lesia O’Hara at

What is the formal application deadline?

The application is now closed for 2020. Sign up if you'd like to receive information about the K12 program.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. Qualified candidates will be informed by the department.

Are international citizens eligible for the program?

Scholars must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment.

Does this program have any diversity initiatives?

Yes. Specific efforts will be undertaken to recruit minority scientists into this program through the Duke University Medical Center’s Associate Dean of Diversity and the new Chief Diversity officer in the School of Medicine.

Can applicants have another grant under review while also applying for the K12 DISCO?

Applicants may not be on the following types of grants: R01, R29, U01/U10, subproject of a Program Project (P01), Center (P50, P60, U54) grant, or individual mentored or non-mentored career development award (e.g., K01, K08, K22, K23, K25, K99/R00). They are still eligible to apply for the K12 DICSO, however, if they are only under review for these grants. However, if they received and accepted the K12 DISCO, they would need to be completely removed from the other grant, since they cannot be on both. 

What if I have other questions about the K12?

Please email any remaining questions to the Senior Research Program Leader, Megan Oakes or the Education Program Coordinator, Sarah Miller.