August 7, 2018

TriCEM Funding – Applications Due by Oct. 5!

 TriCEM is inviting proposals in the following areas:  Seed Grants, Graduate Awards, and Working Groups.  Proposed activities should focus on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand health and disease in humans, domesticated animals, and wildlife.  Examples of previously funded projects include, but are not limited to:  ecology and evolution of infectious disease; psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease; evolution of antimicrobial resistance; evolutionary perspectives in global health; evolution of aging; autoimmune disease and allergy; evolution and cancer; evolutionary perspectives on emerging plant diseases and food security; One Health and comparative medicine; and the genetic basis of disease. UNC Chapel Hill investigators involved with research in the Galapagos Islands may be able to apply for matching funds.

Seed Grants provide one year of funding to initiate new research among interdisciplinary groups of faculty.  Funds can be used for lab expenses, staff, field research, and other direct research expenses that would position the teams for external funding or publications.  Projects will be funded up to $12,000 in the first year, with the option for up to two more rounds of funding based on progress reports and successful submission of external grants that arise from the research in the first year of funding (up to $36,000 total).  PIs must be faculty from Duke, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, or NC Central* Proposals should have a clear interdisciplinary focus and involve multiple PIs or participants from different schools at a single university and/or multiple universities, potentially including at least one PI from a school focused on human or animal health (i.e., medical, dentistry, nursing, veterinary, or public health).

Graduate Student Awards are one-year grants for graduate students to pursue research in evolutionary medicine relevant to their graduate research.  To be eligible, a student must be enrolled at Duke, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, or NC Central*, and have completed one year of their graduate program by the time the fellowship commences.  We expect the graduate student to lead and author aspects of the proposed research.  Award amounts are available up to $7,500.

Working Groups involve small groups of scientists (~8-12 participants) collaborating intensively on synthesis papers, analyzing existing data, and/or working toward new grant submissions.  Groups may include in the budget (up to $5,000) travel costs for external collaborators and speakers, and funds to facilitate both research progress and engagement with Triangle-based academic communities.  Most working groups will initiate new collaborations that involve the analysis or synthesis of existing data or development of theoretical models, with an eye toward external grant submissions to support the work over the longer term.  Participants should include a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students and postdocs.  The PIs and majority of the participants should be from Duke, NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, or NC Central*, and provide a regular meeting plan.

Proposals are due on October 5.


Before You Apply

All applicants are encouraged to contact Assistant Director James Herrera for feedback on project ideas.  Proposals will be evaluated in terms of both the scientific value of the project and the qualifications of the applicant. Note that TriCEM funds do not cover indirect costs or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are short, not to exceed 3 single-spaced (12-pt type) pages.  Please also include a current CV for all PIs.

Proposals should be organized as follows:

  1. Program Track (please see our key research areas)
  2. Title (80 characters max)
  3. Short Title (25 characters max)
  4. Name and contact information for Project Leader, and any Co-Leaders
  5. Project Summary (250 words max)
  6. Public Summary (250 words max) – written for the public and visible on the TriCEM web site
  7. Introduction and Goals – A statement of the outstanding question in evolutionary science being addressed and a concise review of the concept and the literature to place the project in context.
  8. Proposed Activities – This should include a clear statement of specific outline of hypotheses, predictions, methods, data (include citations or urls), and analytical tools that will be required for the project.  
  9. Participating Fields and List of Proposed Participants – TriCEM encourages groups that go beyond existing collaborations and that include multiple disciplines, emerging scientists including graduate students.  Named individuals should be committed to participating in the project if funded. For working groups, not all participants need to be specified in advance; if unspecified, the type of expertise needed should be indicated. For each participant or collaborator, please include explicit information about career stage, discipline, institution, and institutional location. 
  10. Rationale for TriCEM support – Why can this activity be most effectively conducted through TriCEM? For working groups, demonstrate that this group of scientists has not met previously.
  11. Proposed Timetable – include Start Date (month and year), periods for data collection, analysis, and report writing, and for working groups, include frequency of meetings, and length of each meeting.
  12. Outcomes – Proposals should include a clear statement about the expected outcomes.

Proposal Submission

Proposals will be accepted in digital format only as a single pdf file, including CVs. Graphics should be embedded directly into the proposal document. Email proposals to James Herrera (, Assistant Director.

*Please note:  Final decisions are contingent on availability of funds. For NC Central applicants, please consult Dr. Antonio Baines (