Bass Connections program seeks faculty project proposals for 2015-16

Bass-KIEBass Connections at Duke University is accepting proposals for project teams for the coming academic year. Bass Connections supports interdisciplinary teams of collaborators, providing undergraduates with the opportunity to join faculty, graduates students, and post-docs. These teams work on problem-based research around the themes of brain & society; information, society & culture; global health; energy; and education & human development.

Additional support is available for projects through the Kenan Institute for Ethics. These projects must have an ethical dimension, preferably with a connection to one of KIE’s five program areas in Human RightsGlobal MigrationRethinking RegulationMoral Attitudes and Decision-Making, and Religions and Public Life. Another aspect of the KIE-supported research teams will be a public symposium on the project’s topic. Descriptions of the current KIE-Bass joint projects may be found at https://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/students/bass-connections/.

This year, the Franklin Humanities Institute is also offering additional support to the Bass Connections themes for projects that feature historical perspectives, diverse language processes and products, or aesthetic dimensions of reflection.  Applicants from any field are encouraged to develop humanities-related connections, regardless of departmental home.  The FHI will facilitate connecting with potential partners to constitute interdisciplinary teams with a humanities dimension.  Please see this Bass Connections “Brain & Society” theme “Art, Vision, and the Brain” team video for inspiration: http://dibs.duke.edu/education/brain-society.

Proposals must be submitted by November 7, 2014 for priority review. Proposals will be reviewed, refined if necessary, and selections will be made by December 16, 2014. Projects selected may begin as early as Summer 2015 and must begin in the 2015-2016 academic year.

Download the proposal form (Word) or (PDF).