DST Seed Grants Launched, Now Accepting Proposals

DST Spark and DST Launch will provide funding for innovative faculty research

In collaboration with the Duke Science and Technology (DST) Initiative, the Office for Research and Innovation has launched two new seed grant opportunities to enhance the research and scholarship of Duke’s early- to mid-career faculty and to support collaborative interdisciplinary projects across campus, School of Nursing, and School of Medicine.

DST Spark is open to full-time Duke tenure-track assistant professors1 and associate professors2 with the goal of enhancing creativity and novel research and scholarship. The support should help faculty pursue new directions and ideas that would otherwise be difficult to fund from other sources.

“Having the opportunity to pursue innovative research as an early- to mid-career faculty member is crucial for career development and advancing creative research across Duke,” said Vice President for Research & Innovation Jenny Lodge. “We are fortunate to be partnering with DST to make these opportunities possible.”

DST Launch, the second of the two opportunities, is directed toward supporting nascent collaborative, interdisciplinary projects to enable faculty from multiple disciplines to initiate high-impact projects that could lead to additional external funding. Collaborations that involve science are strongly encouraged.

“Faculty collaborations across disciplines undoubtedly lead to new discoveries in research, science, and technology,” said Assistant Vice President for Development Matt Hutter. “By investing in such collaborations, Duke is transforming discovery to have an exponential impact on society and our world.”

Both seed grant opportunities are now accepting proposals with submission deadlines quickly approaching. Learn more about eligibility, proposal requirements, and timelines for each opportunity at their respective webpages: DST Spark, DST Launch.

  1. Full-time Duke tenure-track assistant professors who have been at Duke for a minimum of three years
  2. Associate professors who have been promoted within the last five years