Research Incubator Awards and Research Germinator Awards now open for applications

From the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

February 1, 2018

The Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Faculty Governance Committee announces that the application process for competitive research awards is now open. There will be two award mechanisms: the Research Incubator Award and the new Research Germinator Award.

To apply for either funding mechanism, one-page Letters of Intent (PDF) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2018, to Dr. Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, DIBS Chief Operating Officer, at

Once Letters of Intent have been received and reviewed, applicants will be notified by March 5 whether they are approved to proceed to apply for the selected award. The proposals and applications will be due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018. For more information about the awards and application process, please see the DIBS Research Awards website, which also includes separate links to award proposal/application forms (Word documents).

Research Incubator Awards

The DIBS Research Incubator Awards provide up to $100,000 for one year (non-renewable) to support interdisciplinary and collaborative brain science research within Duke.  Projects should be of exceptional innovation and broad significance to the field. The projects must engage at least two faculty representing multiple fields or levels of analysis and bring together investigators whose individual programs of research are not already connected. Duke faculty may apply.

Research Germinator Awards

The new DIBS Research Germinator Awards are designed to support smaller, targeted requests for training, pilot data, salary and/or equipment that would facilitate new research and lead to new external funding. Projects are awarded up to a maximum of $25,000 for one year (non-renewable). Duke graduate students, postdocs and faculty may apply.

Both awards serve the DIBS mission of advancing interdisciplinary research and education that transforms our understanding of brain function and translates into innovative solutions for health and society. To see past awarded projects, click here for information about the 2017-2018 Research Incubator Awards.

Letters of Intent will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by March 5 whether they are approved to proceed to a full proposal for the selected award mechanism. The proposals and applications will be due by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, June 1.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Schramm-Sapyta at