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

July 21, 2023 

Funds Made Available

August 1, 2023

Funds To Be Expended By

July 31, 2024


Submit your proposal by 11:59 p.m. on May 31, 2023, using MyResearchProposal.

Access code: DST

Submit Proposal

Submission Tips

  • Click here to access MyResearchProposal and log in or choose “Create New User” to apply. Proposals must be submitted under the Principal Investigator’s name.
  • Enter access code ‘DST’ then select Apple for the DST Launch Seed Grants 2023-2024 - Interdisciplinary Collaborative Projects” and follow the funding opportunity instructions.
  • A step-by-step user’s guide for applying via the MyResearchProposal platform is available online here.



For any questions regarding your proposal or MyResearchProposal, please contact Anita Grissom by email at or by phone at (919) 668-4774.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

All review committee members will be experts in the discipline although not subject matter experts.

MyResearchProposal is a web-based tool used for streamlining the management of competitive grant application processes, nominations, and other data collection mechanisms used by CTSI, the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and other institutes and departments across Duke.

Applicant instructions can be found here

Meet the 2022-2023 Launch Seed Grant Recipients

Last year's recipients of the DST Launch seed grants continue to push the boundaries of science and technology, addressing complex challenges across various fields.

See Last Year's Recipients