Call for Bass Connections 2018-19 Proposals

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Deadline: November 3, 2017

Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for 2018-2019 team-based research projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students in interdisciplinary exploration of big, unanswered questions about major societal challenges. Please see the complete RFP and project proposal guidelines - proposal template is also available for download. The deadline is November 3.

Any Duke faculty member may submit a proposal. Duke graduate/professional students, postdocs and trainees/fellows are also encouraged to propose projects, but all projects must have at least one faculty leader.

For some faculty, Bass Connections funds a pilot research project that lays the groundwork for external grant proposals. For others, Bass Connections offers an innovative teaching model and an opportunity to mentor students in a small group atmosphere. And some faculty view Bass Connections as an opportunity to initiate or deepen engagement with a community organization or other collaborators outside of Duke who can provide input into the construction of research questions and translate findings into action.

New Opportunity – Bass Connections Open

Faculty may now propose a project that meets the three core connections of Bass Connections – but does not align with one of the five themes (Brain and Society; Education and Human Development; Energy and Environment; Global Health; Information, Society, and Culture) – by applying through the open channel. Faculty contemplating this option should keep in mind that the current five themes each cover a great deal of ground. You cannot apply to both the open channel and a theme (i.e., this is an exclusive option). In addition to the selection criteria noted below, proposals submitted through this channel will also be judged with regard to how creatively they explore new topics beyond the current theme areas. Projects selected through this channel may still be administered by one of the existing themes.

Special Funding Opportunity in the Humanities

Funds are available to support humanities-inspired projects (e.g., projects engaged with historical perspectives, diverse linguistic and literary processes and products, or aesthetic/performative dimensions). Applicants from any field are encouraged to propose such projects. If you are interested in discussing ideas for potential projects, please contact Deborah Jenson, Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute. Faculty who wish to propose projects under this rubric should apply through any theme or Bass Connections Open and check the Humanities option.