TriCEM Call for Proposals

Funding Agency:
Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine

TriCEM is currently inviting proposals in the following areas: Seed Grants, Graduate Awards, and Working Groups. Proposed activities should focus on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand health and disease in humans, domesticated animals, and wildlife.

Seed Grants provide one year of funding to initiate new research among interdisciplinary groups of faculty.  Funds can be used for lab expenses, staff, field research, and other direct research expenses that would position the teams for external funding or publications. Projects will be funded up to $12,000 in the first year, with the option for an additional round of funding based on progress reports and successful submission of external grants that arise from the research in the first two years of funding. PIs must be faculty from Duke, NC State, and/or UNC-Chapel Hill. Proposals should have a clear interdisciplinary focus and involve multiple PIs or participants from different schools at a single university and/or multiple universities, potentially including at least one PI from a school focused on human or animal health (i.e., medical, dentistry, nursing, veterinary, or public health).

Graduate Student Awards are one-year grants for graduate students to pursue research in evolutionary medicine relevant to their graduate research. Funds should be used for direct research expenses; tuition, fees, and stipends are not allowable expenses. To be eligible, a student must be actively enrolled at Duke, NC State, or UNC-Chapel Hill and have completed one year of their graduate program by the time the fellowship commences. We expect the graduate student to lead and author aspects of the proposed research. Award amounts are available up to $7,500.

Working Groups involve small groups of scientists (~8-12 participants) collaborating intensively on synthesis papers, analyzing existing data, and/or working toward new grant submissions.  Budgets can include travel costs for external collaborators and speakers, and funds to facilitate both research progress and engagement with Triangle-based academic communities. Award amounts are available up to $5,000. Most working groups will initiate new collaborations that involve the analysis or synthesis of existing data or development of theoretical models, with an eye toward external grant submissions to support the work over the longer term. Participants should include a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including graduate students and postdocs. The PIs and majority of the participants should be from Duke, NC State, and/or UNC-Chapel Hill and a regular meeting plan should be provided.

Proposals are due on March 20, 2020.

Agency Website

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 20, 2020