Bass Connections Invites Proposals for 2020-2021 Projects by November 4

September 3, 2019

RFP for 2020-2021 project teams.

Bass Connections is now accepting proposals for 2020-2021 projects that engage faculty, undergraduates and graduate/professional students in the interdisciplinary exploration of complex societal challenges. Please see the project proposal guidelines. The deadline to propose a project is November 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Projects may be proposed in relation to one or more of the five, broad interdisciplinary themes of Bass Connections, or to Bass Connections Open – a channel that invites proposals that align with the model of Bass Connections but otherwise fall outside the parameters of the existing themes.

Themes include:

Special Opportunities for 2020-2021

When completing a proposal, faculty will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the following opportunities. Please note that applying for these opportunities will not increase project funding, but rather may increase the likelihood that a project is selected by allowing us to leverage funds designated for a specific purpose.

  • Submit a joint proposal for a year-long Bass Connections project and a Summer 2020 Story+ or Data+ project
  • Energy Access
  • Ethics
  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Biodiversity Conservation (must include at least one NSOE faculty member)

Laura Howes, director of Bass Connections, is available to answer questions. Faculty may also contact any of the Bass Connections theme leaders to discuss project ideas.

Additional Opportunities through Bass Connections

Special Call for Proposals for Project Teams Related to ImmigrationWe are now accepting proposals for new projects addressing research related to immigration. Faculty interested in proposing such a project should review the immigration project proposal guidelines and submit a proposal by October 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (All other proposals for year-long Bass Connections projects should be submitted through our normal RFP process outlined above.)

Apply for the Collaborative Project Courses Faculty FellowshipDuke Learning Innovation, in partnership with Bass Connections, is launching a new Faculty Fellows program to support faculty interested in designing a course that is collaborative and project-based (including re-designing existing courses). Participating faculty will receive $5,000; support and guidance from pedagogy experts and faculty experienced in this form of teaching; and the opportunity to collaborate on course (re)design with a group of faculty from across campus. Applications are due October 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

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