Bass Connections Project Proposals [Restricted to Duke Faculty and Grad Students Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for 2020-2021 projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. 

Projects may be proposed in relation to one or more of the five, broad interdisciplinary themes of Bass Connections, or to Bass Connections Open – a channel that invites proposals that align with the model of Bass Connections but otherwise fall outside the parameters of the existing themes.


Deadline: Nov. 4, 2019

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

hemes include:

When completing a proposal, faculty will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the following opportunities. Please note that applying for these opportunities will not increase project funding, but rather may increase the likelihood that a project is selected by allowing us to leverage funds designated for a specific purpose.

  • Submit a joint proposal for a year-long Bass Connections project and a Summer 2020 Story+ or Data+ project
  • Energy Access
  • Ethics
  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Biodiversity Conservation (must include at least one NSOE faculty member)

Eligibility Requirements

  • ​Proposals may be submitted by any faculty member. Staff, graduate students, postdocs and trainees/fellows may also propose projects, but all projects must have at least one faculty team leader.
  • Team leaders are expected to be regularly available (i.e., not on sabbatical away from Durham or extended leave) during the year in which the project would take place (2020-2021).
  • Individuals may propose more than one project but should not serve as a team leader on more than one project per year (but may serve as a team contributor on more than one project).



Amount Description

Budgets typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Generally speaking, projects that involve summer funding for student work, graduate student support for project management roles, international travel and/or special research materials/equipment tend toward the higher range.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 4, 2019