Propose a Bass Connections Project Team for 2023-24

Now accepting proposals for 2023-2024 project teams.

Deadline: November 7, 2022

Bass Connections brings together faculty, postdocs, graduate students, undergraduates and community partners to tackle complex societal challenges in interdisciplinary research teams. This request for proposals is for year-long project teams that will take place in 2023-2024, with the option to pair a proposal with a summer Data+/Climate+ or Story+ team for Summer 2023. Funding for year-long project teams is between $5,000 and $25,000.

For some faculty, Bass Connections provides a mechanism to pilot a new research initiative and lay the groundwork for external grant proposals. For others, Bass Connections offers an innovative teaching model and the chance to mentor students in a small group atmosphere. Bass Connections also provides a model for initiating or deepening engagement with a community organization or collaborators outside of Duke who can provide input into the construction of research questions and translate research findings into action.

For more information about benefits for faculty, see faculty perspectives or the faculty evaluation report.

Proposals may be submitted by faculty, staff, graduate/professional students, postdocs and trainees/fellows, but all projects must have at least one faculty team leader. Please see the complete proposal guidelines.


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 with questions or to discuss potential ideas. Or drop in at any time to one of our informal Zoom office hours (

  • Friday, September 9, 10:00-11:00
  • Friday, September 30, 9:00-10:00
  • Friday, October 14, 1:00-2:00
  • Friday, October 21, 11:00-12:00

The deadline for proposals is Monday, November 7, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.