Get Involved: Bass Connections Opportunities

Bass Connections is currently offering several opportunities for Duke faculty.

  1. Call for 2020-21 Bass Connections project teams (due Nov. 4): Support for year-long, team-based research projects that engaged faculty, undergraduates, and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. Funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. In addition to the five themes of Bass Connections, faculty may submit proposals outside of these themes through Bass Connections Open. Through this RFP, faculty may also propose a Data+ or Story+ summer project connected to a Bass Connections team.
  2. New Collaborative Project Courses Faculty Fellows Program (due Oct. 15): This new program designed in partnership with Duke Learning Innovation will support faculty who want to re-design or design a course that is collaborative and project-based. The program will provide faculty with expert guidance, a cohort of other faculty to work with, and $5,000 in support.

Any faculty member may submit a proposal for these opportunities. Graduate students, postdocs and trainees/fellows may also propose projects (not courses), but all projects must have at least one faculty leader.

Leading a Bass Connections team can help pilot a new research initiative, collect data for a grant proposal or publication, mentor students in a small group atmosphere, or form new relationships with faculty and external partners. Browse faculty perspectives to learn more.

If you have any questions about the program or would like help identifying potential collaborators, reach out to to Edward Balleisen or Laura Howes. Faculty are also encouraged to discuss potential project ideas with the Bass Connections theme leaders.