August 7, 2018

TriCEM Funding

TriCEM does not have an active RFP at the moment, but we typically offer funding each fall and spring 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 up to two more rounds of funding based on progress reports and successful submission of external grants that arise from the research in the first two years of funding. 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.  To be eligible, a student must be actively enrolled 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 and provide a regular meeting plan.



The below guidelines are from the fall 2019 RFP. While the RFP likely will not substantially change in future iterations, the next call may have some differences. We encourage you to revisit this site and thoroughly review the guidelines once the next RFP is active.

Before You Apply

Applicants can direct inquiries to Assistant Director Meredith Spence Beaulieu.  Proposals will be evaluated in terms of both the scientific value of the project and the qualifications of the applicant. Note that TriCEM funds do not cover indirect costs or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals are short, not to exceed 3 single-spaced (12-pt type) pages, and include a brief budget justification and references. References can be in an abbreviated format (e.g., Science or Nature style). In addition to the 3 page proposal, please include a current CV for all PIs. The proposal and all CVs should be in a single PDF.

Proposals should be organized as follows, all within the 3 page limit:

  1. Program Track (please see our key research areas)
  2. Title (80 characters max)
  3. Short Title (25 characters max)
  4. Name and contact information for Project Leader, and any Co-Leaders
  5. Project Summary (250 words max)
  6. Public Summary (250 words max) – This should be written for the public and will be visible on the TriCEM website if funded.
  7. Introduction and Goals – A statement of the outstanding question in evolutionary science being addressed and a concise review of the concept and the literature to place the project in context.
  8. Proposed Activities – This should include a clear statement of specific outline of hypotheses, predictions, methods, data (include citations or urls), and analytical tools that will be required for the project.  
  9. Participating Fields and List of Proposed Participants – TriCEM encourages groups that go beyond existing collaborations, include multiple disciplines, and incorporate emerging scientists including graduate students. Named individuals should be committed to participating in the project if funded. For working groups, not all participants need to be specified in advance; if unspecified, the type of expertise needed should be indicated. For each participant or collaborator, please include explicit information about career stage, discipline, institution, and institutional location. 
  10. Rationale for TriCEM support – Why can this activity be most effectively conducted through TriCEM? For working groups, demonstrate that this group of scientists has not met previously.
  11. Proposed Timetable – Include start date (month and year) and periods for data collection, analysis, and report writing. For working groups, include frequency of meetings and length of each meeting.
  12. Outcomes – Proposals should include a clear statement about the expected outcomes.
  13. Budget justification  Proposals must include a brief budget justification with the total amount requested and a simplified breakdown of expenses.
  14. References – Literature cited in the text of the proposal should be included at the end, using the abbreviated reference style of a journal such as Science or Nature. 

Proposal Submission

Proposals will be accepted in digital format only as a single pdf file, including CVs. Graphics should be embedded directly into the proposal document. Email proposals to Meredith Spence Beaulieu (, Assistant Director.