Bass Connections -- All Babies and Children Thrive (ABC Thrive): Request for Proposals for Interdisciplinary Seed Grants [Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Faculty Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University


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 16 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.


  • Letters of Intent (strongly encouraged): February 28, 2020

  • Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2020

Agency Website

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

2 – Community outreach

3 – Applied technology to achieve scale

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 30, 2020