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Bass Connections -- All Babies and Children Thrive (ABC Thrive): Request for Proposals for Interdisciplinary Seed Grants [Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Faculty Only]
ABC Thrive invites seed grant proposals to support the early work of interdisciplinary teams exploring innovations in early childhood development (prenatal to age five). Through this RFP, grants of $20,000 to $40,000 will be awarded to three to four teams for a period of 18 months. At the end of a successful pilot project, seed grantees will be eligible to compete for a larger award of up to $300,000 over two years.
Teams should include Duke faculty from different disciplines/areas of expertise who are working on a common problem related to the goals of ABC Thrive, as described below. Proposals involving international populations must also articulate the implications of the research for prenatal and child well-being in the U.S.
We strongly encourage proposals that include: 1) teams that have not previously collaborated or that are working in an area new to the team; 2) projects that traverse two of the three priority areas listed below; and 3) teams that include community partners.
Deadline: Sep. 30, 2020
Areas of Interest
We are especially interested in projects that address at least one of the following three goal areas:
1 – Prenatal and early childhood health and wellness
- Identify factors associated with positive prenatal and early childhood outcomes
- Develop and test new methods or interventions with the potential to: (a) improve prenatal outcomes; (b) improve infants’ and young children’s socioemotional, language, cognitive and/or physical development; and/or (c) promote positive parenting practices
- Apply validated methods for improving prenatal, early childhood and/or parenting practices and outcomes with new clinical or community populations
2 – Community outreach
- Leverage existing, or develop new, partnerships to design and test novel interventions
- Develop strategies to ensure the translation of new discoveries into policy and practice
- Conduct research that includes participants from a range of ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures
- Conduct research that includes participants from obstetric, neonatal or pediatric populations with risks for poor fetal, infant and/or child outcomes
3 – Applied technology to achieve scale
- Develop novel technological approaches to understanding and mitigating multifactorial risks for poor prenatal and early childhood outcomes
- Use technology to simultaneously disseminate best practices in early childhood development and investigate their impact
- Adapt established interventions in early childhood development to digital or other technological formats