RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Since 2014, the RTI University Scholars Program has provided partial financial support for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI to actively collaborate with our experts. The program’s goals are to foster collaboration, build scientific stature, and catalyze opportunities for future externally funded, joint projects.

RTI University Scholars Program Focus for 2021-2022 Academic Year

With the launch of the RTI Racial Justice and Transformative Research Initiative, the RTI University Scholars Program will prioritize applications for the 2021-2022 academic year from tenured or research-track faculty members at the Associate Professor level or higher with a commitment to collaboration and a research project related to racial equity and policy, broadly construed. RTI’s vision for achieving racial equity is to lead with compassion, execute with science, and transform by sharing what we learn.

The RTI University Scholars Program is open to faculty from Duke University and the University of North Carolina’s 16 university campuses.

RTI especially encourages researchers from traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

Key Dates for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle

DatesImportant Events
Monday, November 16, 2020Call for Applications Released
Sunday, January 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)Expression of Interest Submission Deadline
Friday, February 12, 2021Notification to Applicants
Monday, April 5, 2021 by 11.59 p.m. Full proposal submission deadline for invited applicants
April 2021 Notification to applicants who submitted full proposals

*The period of performance may begin as early as September 2021.


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A new study published by RTI University Scholar Dr. Kelly Evenson and several RTI collaborators suggests that activity trackers could help patients maintain necessary levels of physical activity after they are discharged from outpatient cardiac rehabilitation.

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