MEDx Announces Support for Colloquia


Deadline: November 15, 2016

MEDx is pleased to offer support for interdisciplinary colloquia that bring together physicians, engineers, computer scientists, data analysts, and basic and/or clinical researchers with a common desire to combine the elements of medicine and engineering to solve complex problems and inspire innovation.

Awards of up to $5,000 will be provided to support each successful proposal. Funds can be used to cover food, meeting venues, external speakers or other meeting costs.


Proposals must be submitted by teams representing both the Duke University School of Medicine and the Pratt School of Engineering. Applicants for funding must be from at least two faculty members – at least one with an appointment in a School of Medicine department and the other in a Pratt department. The appointments will preferably be primary appointments. Faculty from other disciplines and schools may also join the Pratt-SoM teams.

Meetings may have any format (e.g., small monthly dinner meetings, larger quarterly meetings, single symposium, other approaches), but should be designed to bring together faculty members (and possibly trainees) with diverse perspectives.

Proposals that articulate a plan to sustain interactions – beyond the initial colloquium supported by MEDx – and/or prepare joint grant applications to a Duke or external funding mechanism with be given more weight.


Applications must be received on or before November 15, 2016.

Successful applicants will be informed in December, with funding available by January 9, 2017 to be used during the 2017 calendar year.

Submit a Proposal

Before beginning the form, compose a one-page description of the proposed colloquium that includes:

  • Goals
  • Potential participants
  • Format of the meeting(s)
  • Plan for advertising
  • Budget
  • A plan to sustain interactions and/or prepare joint grant applications

Then, complete the form below to upload your one-page description and submit your proposal for a MEDx Inter-School Colloquium.


Have questions? Please email Pamela Smith ( or drop by the MEDx Café.

Submit a Project Proposal for Data+


Deadline: November 20, 2016

Data+ is a ten-week summer research experience for Duke undergraduates and master’s students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small teams and work alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the field of data science.

Submit a project proposal by November 20, 2016, to be considered for the Summer 2017 Data+ program.

Data+ is sponsored by Bass Connections, the Information Initiative at Duke, the Social Science Research Institute, the departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science, MEDx, and the Vice Provost for Research. Other Duke sponsors in 2016 included Duke Health, Sanford School of Public Policy, Parking and Transportation, Development and Alumni Affairs, Duke Network Analysis Center, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Professor Peter Lange, and the departments of Biology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Computer Science. Government funding comes from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Outside funding comes from Geometric Data Analytics, Inc., Sankofa, Inc., and RTI International. Community partnerships, data and interesting problems come from the Durham Neighborhood Compass, the North Carolina Justice Center, and the National Center for Gender Equality, the Smithsonian, Public Opinion Strategies,, the Triad Health Network, University of North Carolina–Greensboro, and the Dean of Academic Affairs.