Intellectual Community Planning Grants

Faculty who are interested in convening a group of colleagues to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared intellectual interest can request seed funding provided by the Provost and the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.

All Duke faculty, from any discipline, are eligible to propose and form a new collaborative group. Groups of at least 5 participating faculty are eligible to apply. Prospective collaborations may be framed around disciplinary, interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary themes. The search function at is a useful tool to find other faculty who share a particular intellectual interest. Collaborative groups that include, but are not comprised of the majority of, faculty from the Schools of Medicine and Nursing are welcome to apply.

Intellectual Community Planning Grants (ICPG) can be used to cover the cost of food, meeting venue, external speakers or other meeting costs, and/or exploratory research (as by an RA) into potential collaborators at Duke, UNC, NC State, NC Central University, RTI, etc.

Successful proposals will be submitted by groups of faculty who self-aggregate around a shared intellectual interest, and who want to pursue that common interest in any of a variety of venues, e.g., small monthly dinner meetings, larger quarterly meetings, workshops, etc. Meetings should be designed to facilitate potential collaboration.

Preference will be given to proposals that articulate a plan to sustain interactions, prepare joint grant applications, and/or create a product such as a class, shared research project, extra-curricular or co-curricular offering.

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