DIBS Research Incubator Awards

DIBS Research Incubator Awards provide seed funding to support interdisciplinary and collaborative brain science research within Duke for projects of exceptional innovation and broad significance to the field. The projects must engage at least two faculty representing multiple fields or levels of analysis and bring together investigators from across the University whose individual programs of research are not already connected. Proposed projects that include investigators from multiple schools within the University (e.g., School of Medicine, Arts and Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, etc.) are encouraged. By supporting interdisciplinary research teams, DIBS hopes to encourage innovative approaches to problems that transcend the boundaries of traditional disciplines, integrating the brain sciences with the social sciences, physical sciences, gene sciences, humanities, law, business, public policy, mathematics, computer science and engineering.

Amount of Support

The Institute funds each approved working group (new or renewal) at a maximum level of $100,000 for one fiscal year. In addition to larger-scale projects, the Institute will explicitly review requests for smaller awards (less than $25,000). Research Incubator Award support is intended to provide a basis for project development and pilot research ultimately leading to external funding for the ongoing collaborative work.

2018-2019 Awards

Plans are underway for the 2018-2019 awards. Updated information will be provided in early 2018. Please check back then.

2017-2018 Awards Announcement

2016-2017 Awards Announcement


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