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Duke Innovates Together With Our Partners in the Region

Duke, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill form the Research Triangle region—and together with other area universities and the Research Triangle Park, our region offers limitless opportunities for partnership and growth.

As the below stories show, whether we’re collaborating to make advances in technology, helping to strengthen local communities, or protecting our region’s natural resources, we’re more effective when we innovate together.

Duke, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill form the Research Triangle, which together with Research Triangle Park and other area universities offer limitless opportunities for partnership and growth.

The Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network—a collaboration by Duke, NC State, and UNC—offers access to nanotechnology equipment by researchers and companies throughout the Triangle, along with an outreach mission funded by the National Science Foundation to provide K-12 educators with lesson plans and field trips. During COVID, biomedical engineer Holly Leddy moved a portable scanning electron microscope into her guest room and started hosting virtual program “Take-Out Science.”

The Duke College Advising Corps—an innovative model to address inequities in post-secondary enrollment in North Carolina and nationwide—partnered with Americorps to move its services online during COVID.


The Eno-New Hope Landscape Conservation Group, a collaboration by Duke Forest with local stakeholder groups, will expand wildlife habitat corridors in our region and identify barriers to connectivity—demonstrating the need to forge innovative local partnerships to solve big environmental problems.

The Duke Divinity School’s new Community Craft Collaborative supports congregations and communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia to build connections and solve local challenges.

To address the impact of COVID-19 on food insecurity among Durham’s Latinx population, a Bass Connections team worked with Root Causes to solve challenges faced by recipients of the organization’s fresh produce program and other services after they were adapted for remote delivery.


A collaboration between the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) and the NCCU School of Business, the inaugural pitch: A Competition for Black Student Founders provided entrepreneurs from across the nation with feedback, resources, and community. Jasmine Chigbu, a Duke med student, won the competition’s top prize.

After being inspired by their experience in DukeEngage Detroit, two students founded Durham SOUP, an event that brings together community members over dinner to hear pitches from local entrepreneurs. The program has expanded into a partnership with NCCU and ReCity Network.


Learn how Duke innovates together…

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