Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Request for Proposals [Duke Internal Funding -- For Duke Faculty Only]

Funding Agency:
Duke University

Duke University is committed to advancing faculty excellence by fostering an environment where all faculty can thrive, and the Office for Faculty Advancement (OFA) demonstrates that commitment by supporting all faculty and their academic programs. Faculty Advancement Seed Grants are intended to provide a financial start for novel, faculty-led initiatives in academic units (schools, departments, divisions, centers and institutes) that aim to promote a vibrant and inclusive academic community and cultivate networks for faculty to collaborate and form meaningful relationships. Successful seed grants are intended to have a positive impact on academic units and may continue beyond the scope of the award to become long-term initiatives.  

The Office for Faculty Advancement is pleased to announce the theme of the sixth cycle of the Faculty Advancement Seed Grant Program: “Strengthening Faculty Communities Through Innovative Engagement and New Connections.” Seed grant proposals will be accepted for review if they describe a project that seeks to address at least one of the following areas: 

  1. A creative approach to strengthening social dynamics and relationships within and across faculty groups in departments and schools. 
  • This covers all groups of faculty (including emeriti faculty) and colleagues with connections along lines of discipline, academic title, faculty rank, personal identity, shared interest, or any other relevant category.
  1. Innovative initiatives to improve the academic culture or climate in departments, centers and schools. 
  • This may include considering the culture in classrooms, labs, mentoring relationships, departmental practices and policies, etc.
  1. New faculty groups and connections that foster thought, conversations and communities of practice across disciplines on topics relevant to the faculty experience. 
  • This may include any topic that is important to faculty success and advancement throughout the faculty career lifespan.

Please note that this initiative does not fund research projects or research collaborations.

Submission deadline: January 15, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

All regular rank faculty in all schools1 and university institutes, initiatives and centers (UICs) are eligible to apply to this program as Principal Investigators (PI) (see FAQ page). Seed grant projects must include activities that focus on university departments, institutes, initiatives or centers. Please refer to the FAQ with questions related to unit eligibility.

1 School of Medicine faculty holding primary or secondary appointments in a Basic Science or university department, institute, initiative or center are eligible to apply as Principal Investigator. Clinical faculty may participate as Co-PIs in partnership with a faculty member who meets the eligibility criteria to serve as Principal Investigator. 

Amount Description

Seed grant awards typically range from $1,000 to $20,000. Faculty must be in good standing with the university at the time of submission and remain so throughout the project period. Funds may be revoked should this status change.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

January 15, 2024