Faculty and students can get involved in existing interdisciplinary research projects or begin their own with funding opportunities.
Below are links to selected interdisciplinary funding opportunities for faculty and students. For a more comprehensive search, visit Duke’s research funding database for open interdisciplinary opportunities and all open opportunities.
Seed Grant Programs
Innovations involving collaborative research often revolve around seed grant programs. Incubator awards at the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, for example, have launched 40 interdisciplinary collaborations since 2007. The Duke Global Health Institute has similarly provided significant travel and pilot grants since its inception. More recently, the Energy Initiative, Information Initiative at Duke, Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, Social Science Research Institute, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Nicholas Institute and Kenan Institute for Ethics have all established seed grant programs.
Collectively, these programs distribute more than $1 million per year to support innovative collaborations among Duke faculty. A growing number of these projects are attracting significant external grants. For example, Duke’s Humanities Writ Large initiative received a $6 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This emerged from the Franklin Humanities Institute’s seed funding in the form of Humanities Labs, research groups that give undergraduates an opportunity to participate with faculty and graduate students in problem-solving projects and humanities networks.
- Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Incubator Awards
- Duke Global Health Institute: Various Grants
- Kenan Institute for Ethics Collaborative Faculty Grants
- Energy Initiative Research Seed Fund (in partnership with iiD)
- Information Initiative at Duke is partnering with School of Medicine on Campus Seed Projects (link forthcoming)
- Center for Genomic and Computational Biology Pilot Project Funding