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DIBS is one of the six University-wide institutes supported by both the Provost and the Dean of the School of Medicine. Our mission is to promote interdisciplinary brain science and translate discoveries into solutions for health and society. The DIBS Faculty Network is composed of nearly 200 researchers from different disciplines, including basic and clinical research, engineering, law, social science, and the humanities. Our vision is a scientific and scholarly community that makes neuroscience greater than the sum of its parts by integrating schools, disciplines, analysis, and education to accelerate breakthroughs and benefit society.

Membership Benefits

Each year, DIBS awards seed-grant funding for interdisciplinary projects: up to $100,000 for Research Incubator Awards and up to $25,000 for Germinator Awards. DIBS Faculty Network Members receive notice of the seed-grant opportunities, as well as:

  • Eligibility to propose and receive support (funding or in-kind) for new interdisciplinary symposia, seminars, or other activities that support DIBS goals
  • Regular email updates on campus and area events of interest to the broader neuroscience community
  • Opportunities to volunteer for community outreach activities, such as DIBS Discovery Day and the Brain Bee, and speaking at the Science Café at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
  • Access to DIBS listservs, e.g., faculty, graduate students, and postdocs, to promote relevant activities
  • Listing on the DIBS website, using information from Duke Scholars, to facilitate networking and visibility

Applying for Membership is Easy!

There are only two requirements: Faculty status at Duke, and an interest in the brain sciences. Fill out and submit the form, and we will contact you within 72 hours. If you have questions, please contact DIBS Chief Operating Officer Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, PhD, at

Learn more about DIBS

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences is a scientific institute with a collaborative spirit and a commitment to education, service and knowledge across disciplines. We encourage creativity, taking risks, sharing ideas and working together.


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