RFP: Bass Connections, 2020-21 (highlighting humanities opportunities)

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Deadline: November 4, 2019

Bass Connections brings together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates and community partners to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams. Faculty may apply for between $5,000 and $25,000 for a year-long project. Humanities faculty may be particularly interested in these opportunities within the program. You may also find it useful to explore current and past Bass projects with a humanities focus - see list below!

  • FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH: While Bass Connections is primarily focused on applied research, through Together Duke the program is now able to support a handful of projects that address interdisciplinary research questions of a more fundamental nature, and as such do not directly engage with a community organization or concrete societal problems. For humanities scholars in particular, such projects might address philosophical questions related to understanding the human condition, archival research on a historical topic, etc.
  • BASS CONNECTIONS OPEN: In addition to five broad, interdisciplinary themes -- Brain and Society; Education and Human Development; Energy and Environment; Global Health; Information, Society and Culture -- Bass Connections supports interdisciplinary, team-based research projects and courses that fall outside the scope of the existing themes. This experimental channel is designed to identify percolating areas of interest not addressed by the current themes. As part of Bass Connections Open, the program also issues occasional special calls for proposals related to emerging issues of societal importance (otherwise known as a “pop-up” theme). See the current call for proposals related to immigration, which are due on October 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
  • HUMANITIES: Funds are available to support projects that engage critically or creatively with the humanities (e.g., languages, literature, culture, history, philosophy, religion, the arts and/or other related domains). Projects that involve substantive contributions from humanities faculty and students are encouraged. If you are interested in discussing ideas for potential projects, please contact Christina Chia, Associate 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.
  • JOINT PROPOSAL FOR A YEAR-LONG BASS CONNECTIONS PROJECT & A SUMMER 2020 STORY+: Story+ is a summer research program affiliated with Bass Connections and based at the FHI. To reduce the number of proposals faculty are required to complete, you may now propose either a Story+ project linked to a year-long Bass Connections project through this RFP. You should be prepared to articulate how you will connect the summer research experience with the year-long project. At the same time, please note that funding decisions will continue to be made by each program individually, so it is possible that your proposal may be accepted for only Story+ or only Bass Connections. Please contact us if you have questions or want to discuss how other faculty have linked these experiences in the past. Specific questions about Story+ should be directed to Amanda Starling Gould. (The same option exists for Data+, please refer to the full Bass CFP for details.)

To view the detailed proposal guidelines and submission instructions, please go to the full RFP on the Bass Connections website. Interested faculty, particularly those who have never led a Bass Connections team, are also encouraged to contact a Bass Connections theme leader or Laura Howes, Director of Bass Connections, at laura.howes@duke.edu or (919) 684-9021 with questions or to discuss potential ideas. Proposals for year-long Bass Connections projects are due November 4, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Current and Past Bass Connections projects with humanities focus: