Request for 2017-2018 Bass Connections Project Proposals


Deadline: November 4, 2016

Bass Connections provides up to $25,000 for team-based projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students together and integrate disciplinary approaches around societal questions and challenges.

All Duke faculty, graduate students, postdocs and trainees/fellows are invited to submit proposals by November 4, 2016. Please see the RFP/proposal application for details.

A University-wide Initiative

  • Predicated on collaborative and interdisciplinary inquiry, Bass Connections provides a distinctive new model for education that engages students in the exploration of big, unanswered questions about major societal challenges.
  • Project teams are made up of faculty, graduate and professional students, undergraduates and post-docs; many teams also engage community partners or collaborators outside of Duke.
  • Most project teams last for one year; some have a summer component.

Five Themes for Interdisciplinary Research

  • Brain & Society
  • Information, Society & Culture
  • Global Health
  • Education & Human Development
  • Energy


  • Proposals will be accepted through November 4, 2016.
  • Selections will be made by December 9, 2016.
  • Projects selected may begin as early as Summer 2017 and must begin in the 2017-2018 academic year.


Please contact Hallie Knuffman. You can also review frequently asked questions.