Seed grants are paused for 2022-23

As we fundraise for the seed grant program, we must pause accepting applications for the 2022-23 cycle. Please check back in for an update about the next cycle.

DIBS supports two seed-grant funding programs. These high-risk/high-return funding mechanisms provide funding for research that is exploratory and therefore not yet ready for external funding.

Award Types

Incubator Awards, up to $100,000, are for teams of faculty representing at least 2 departments or areas of research.

Germinator Awards, up to $25,000, are for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, or faculty.

Important Dates

Due dates for both award mechanisms are typically:

Letters of Intent:  due by mid-June.

Full Application:  due by mid-August.

Award notifications are typically sent out in November of an application year, and funding start date of the following January.


"For me, DIBS has been a source of both financial support and scientific inspiration as I and colleagues from different areas of campus seek a better understanding of the brain mechanisms of depression, an incredibly destructive and costly illness."

— Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences & recipient of one of six 2018-19 Research Incubator Awards

7:1 Return on Investment

For every dollar spent on the Incubator Research Awards, seven dollars are returned to Duke through external funding and grants.