Request for Proposals


These funds are directed toward supporting nascent collaborative, interdisciplinary projects, with a preference for projects that advance science and technology. The goals of this program are to enable faculty from multiple disciplines to initiate high-impact projects that could lead to additional external funding.


At least two Duke Co-PIs with primary faculty appointments in different schools (or divisions within Trinity). Collaborations that involve science are strongly encouraged.


Budget submissions should be in line with the project's scope. Budgets may request up to $100,000 with an award term of one year.

Please note: This is an internal award that will not require an SPS record; No overhead should be included in the budget.

Applicable to School of Medicine (SOM) faculty only: SOM does not assess G&A on DST expenditures.

Allowable Costs

Funds may be used for salary/stipend and fringe of personnel (including PI, students, post-docs, technicians, etc.), equipment, travel, and/or consumables. Funding of collaborators outside of Duke will not be allowed.

Proposal Requirements

  • Title of project, name of PI, appointment information (current department or division, school, faculty title), date and title of first Duke faculty appointment, five (5) keywords (will be used to identify proper reviewers)
  • Up to two (2) pages describing the project and should include:
    • Where would future funding for the project come from.
    • Justification of why this project would be difficult to fund from other sources.
    • A plan to make substantial progress toward their aims within the one-year term.
    • Paper size no larger than 8 ½" x 11"
    • At least one-half inch margins (1/2") – top, bottom, left, and right for all pages.
    • Font size is at least 11 pt in size and generally recommend Arial, Georgia, Helvetica, or Palatino Linotype.
  • A short CV or biosketch of up to five (5) pages for each PI.
  • A one-page budget and budget justification.

Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by an internal committee, and will be judged on:

  • Responsiveness to the RFA (ineligible applications will be returned unreviewed).
  • Creativity of the proposal.
  • Potential impact of the project, if successful.
  • Potential for future funding.

Reporting Requirements

  • One-page summary at the end of the grant period.
  • Annual queries to award recipient will be made to ascertain whether any external funding, papers, books, performances, etc. have derived from this award.


RFP Released

May 3, 2023

RFP Deadline for Submission

May 31, 2023

Anticipated Grant Notification

September 4, 2023 

Funds Made Available

October 1, 2023

Funds To Be Expended By

September 30, 2024


Submissions closed on May 31, 2023, at 11:59 PM.


Only main campus, School of Medicine (SOM), and School of Nursing (SON) faculty are eligible to apply. Duke-NUS and Duke-Kunshan faculty are not eligible.

The two-page proposal maximum does not include references. The budget, CV, and two-page proposal must be formatted as specified in the RFP. You may include videos and hyperlinks in the proposal.

If there are only two faculty on a proposal, we require that each has a primary faculty appointment from a different school (or division within Trinity). If there are three or more faculty on a proposal, we require that a minimum of two schools are represented in the primary faculty appointments of the PIs.

This is an internal award and will not require an SPS record to support the submission.

No, it is not necessary to include overhead in your total budget.

All costs are to be covered by the award amount. This is an internal award.

Although this program does not have a faculty effort requirement, applicants should follow their school's guidance around minimum effort on sponsored projects and satisfy a standard of reasonability for their Other Support documentation.