Bass Connections

Funding Opportunities

Project Teams

Bass Connections provides funds to support team-based projects that bring faculty and students together and integrate disciplinary approaches around societal questions and challenges, organized around five thematic areas and an open channel. All Duke faculty, graduate/professional students, postdocs and trainees/fellows are invited to submit proposals each fall for the following academic year. See current project teams.


We provide course development funds to support faculty in developing or modifying courses that incorporate key elements of the Bass Connections model (multidisciplinary; opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students; asking questions of societal importance). See 2017-2018 grantees.

Summer Programs

Some of the Bass Connections summer programs, such as Data+ and Story+, function as research seed grants for faculty, depending on the nature of a particular project. Undergraduates and graduate students can apply to join research teams and receive funding.

Follow-on Student Research Grants

Bass Connections provides competitive funding for students who wish to continue an aspect of their team’s work over the following academic year. With faculty mentorship, students can work individually or in groups. See 2017-2018 grantees.

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