Center for Genomic and Computational Biology Offers Funding for Research


Deadline: January 6, 2017

The Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (GCB) supports the collaborative efforts of its faculty through pilot project funding. GCB invites applications for new interdisciplinary research projects in the areas of genomics, computational biology, synthetic biology, the microbiome, and related fields. The Center is most interested in proposals that suggest an exciting new direction for research across these areas, and expects these proposals will establish new collaborations between researchers within GCB and across the Duke community. Priority is given to the most innovative, integrative, bold and forward-looking applications.

The focus of these proposals is on multi-PI team-oriented research projects that involve at least one GCB tenure-track faculty member. Co-PIs do not have to be GCB members, but they must be a Duke faculty member or clinician. Although preference is given to proposals involving researchers not currently collaborating, consideration is also given to proposals that establish new initiatives among current collaborators.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Research Objectives

Funding for these exploratory projects is intended to further the collaborative nature between GCB faculty and also across Duke campus. While the scientific scope of these applications will naturally range from computational to wet-lab, the theme of bridging disciplines is integral. The goal of these projects is to provide initial support for research that will result in peer reviewed publications and successful multi-PI or program project grant applications.

Funding and Duration

The Center funds two to four projects during the calendar year, with budgets up to $50,000. Awards are made for one year. At the end of the year, it is expected the PIs will present their research to the GCB membership and provide a one page summary of research and plans for obtaining additional external funding.