August 7, 2018

TriCEM Funding

We are not currently accepting proposals for Seed Grants, Graduate Student Awards, or Working Groups. The information below is based on our Spring 2020 request for proposals. We expect to have another funding opportunity in the fall.


TriCEM is currently inviting proposals 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 an additional round of funding based on progress reports and successful submission of external grants that arise from the research in the first two years of funding. PIs must be faculty from Duke, NC State, and/or UNC-Chapel Hill. 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. Funds should be used for direct research expenses; tuition, fees, and stipends are not allowable expenses. To be eligible, a student must be actively enrolled at Duke, NC State, or UNC-Chapel Hill 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. The PIs and majority of the participants should be from Duke, NC State, and/or UNC-Chapel Hill and a regular meeting plan should be provided.

Proposals are due on March 20, 2020, and should follow the below guidelines.



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 for Seed Grants and Working Groups. For Graduate Student Awards, only the applicant CV is needed. The proposal and CV(s) should be uploaded 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. Seed Grants/Working Groups: Name and contact information for Project Leader, and any Co-Leaders; Graduate Student Awards: Name and contact information for applicant and their Advisor/PI
  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, 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.  
  9. Seed Grants/Working Groups only: 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. For successful spring 2020 applicants, the funding period is expected to be July 1, 2020 through July 1, 2021.
  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. Seed Grants/Working Groups: If the proposal includes PIs at multiple institutions (Duke, NC State, UNC), please specify what portion of the budget would go to each institution if awarded.
  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 CV(s). Graphics should be embedded directly into the proposal document. For submission, please ensure that your document is named in the format “Type_LastName_FirstName.pdf”, where Type is “Seed” for Seed Grant, “Grad” for Graduate Student Award, or “WG” for Working Group.