Spring 2021 Call for Graduate Student Award Proposals
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2021
TriCEM is currently inviting proposals to support research on evolutionary perspectives on human, animal, and plant health from graduate students at Duke, NC A&T State University, NC Central University, and NC State. The student awards at NC A&T and NCCU are generously supported through the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and come with additional funding to support undergraduate involvement in research and to attend TriCEM’s Evolutionary Medicine Summer Institute.
Graduate Student Awards are one-year awards for graduate students to pursue research in evolutionary medicine relevant to their graduate research. To be eligible, a student must be actively enrolled at Duke, NC A&T, NCCU, or NC State and have completed one semester of their graduate program by the time the funding commences. We expect the graduate student to lead and author aspects of the proposed research under the mentorship of their advisor.
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, animals, and plants. Previously funded graduate projects are provided at tricem.org/grad-students/, with topics that include: the ecology and evolution of infectious disease; psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease; evolution of antimicrobial resistance; evolutionary perspectives in global health; evolution of aging; autoimmune disease and allergy; evolution and cancer; evolutionary perspectives on emerging plant diseases and food security; One Health and comparative medicine; and the genetic basis of disease.
For students at Duke and NC State, funds should be used for direct research expenses; tuition, fees, and stipends are not allowable expenses. For students at NC A&T and NCCU, funds may be used for direct research expenses or for student support, but all funds must be spent by December 2021. Award amounts will vary depending on funding availability, up to $7,500.
Proposals are due on April 30, 2021 and should follow the below guidelines. New for this year, applicants can also opt to apply for the Steve Meshnick Travel Award; applications for this award are due by May 17, 2021 and full guidelines can be found here.
Before You Apply
Interested students at NC A&T should contact Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. for further information; students at NCCU should contact Dr. Antonio Baines. 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. For general questions, please contact Dr. Meredith Spence Beaulieu.
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 the applicant’s current CV. The proposal and CV should be uploaded in a single PDF.
All proposals must also include a single letter of support from the applicant’s faculty advisor/PI. The letter of support will be submitted separately by the faculty advisor, but must also be received by the proposal deadline of April 30, 2021. Faculty letters of support should be emailed to Meredith Spence Beaulieu at firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF format by the applicant’s advisor/PI.
Proposals should be organized as follows, all within the 3 page limit:
- Program Track (please see our key research areas)
- Title (80 characters max)
- Short Title (25 characters max)
- Name and contact information for applicant and their Advisor/PI
- Project Summary (250 words max)
- Public Summary (250 words max) – This should be written for the public and will be visible on the TriCEM website if funded.
- 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.
- Proposed Activities – This should include a clear statement of specific outline of hypotheses, predictions, and methods (including planned statistical analyses), as well as any data (include citations or urls) and analytical tools that will be required for the project.
- Rationale for TriCEM support – Why can this activity be most effectively conducted through TriCEM? Please explicitly address the proposal’s relevance to evolutionary medicine.
- Proposed Timetable – Include start date (month and year) and periods for data collection, analysis, and report writing. For successful spring 2021 applicants at Duke and NC State, the funding period is expected to be July 1, 2021 through July 1, 2022. For successful spring 2021 applicants at NC A&T and NCCU, the funding period is expected to be July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
- Outcomes – Proposals should include a clear statement about the expected outcomes.
- Budget justification – Proposals must include a brief budget justification with the total amount requested and a simplified breakdown of expenses.
- 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. References count toward the page limit, and should be included within the 3 allowable pages.
Proposals will be accepted in digital format only as a single PDF file, including CV, with the exception of letters of support submitted as described above. Graphics should be embedded directly into the proposal document. Proposals should be submitted via this form: https://redcap.duke.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=CYRLN9HRLM. For submission, please ensure that your document is named in the format “LastName_FirstName.pdf”.