Innovations involving collaborative research often revolve around seed grant programs. Seed grants are intended to serve as strategic investments that will help establish a basis to leverage for next steps, including proposals for external funding.
- Through Bass Connections, faculty can receive seed funding to advance their research through project teams and course development grants. Some of the Bass Connections summer programs function as research seed grants for faculty, depending on the nature of a particular project.
- Intellectual Community Planning Grants support groups of faculty to begin or test a new collaboration around a shared interest.
- Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) fosters intellectual communities among graduate students from different disciplines.
In addition to these central opportunities, seed grant programs run by the university-wide institutes and initiatives 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 Global Health Institute: Priority Partnership Locations Pilot Research and International Travel Grants
- Energy Initiative Research Seed Fund (in partnership with iiD)