2020 Faculty Advancement Seed Grants Request for Proposals


Duke University is committed to advancing faculty excellence by fostering an inclusive and respectful environment where all faculty can thrive. The goal of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement is to promote that commitment by supporting all faculty and their academic programs.
The Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement is pleased to announce the theme of the third round of the Faculty Advancement Seed Grant program: “Building Community Among Faculty at Duke.” Seed grants are intended to provide a financial head start for novel faculty development initiatives within academic units (schools, departments, divisions, centers, and institutes) aiming to foster a sense of community and promote a welcoming and respectful climate for all members of our academic units.
For this cycle, all seed grant projects should seek to pilot new faculty development ideas or expand currently existing initiatives to include a focus on building an engaged and inclusive campus community. Effective programs, as determined by the assessment and fulfillment of goals set forth in each proposal, may be provided with additional resources for expansion to other academic units.
Examples of activities that seed grants may support include (but are not limited to):
  1. Building an Inclusive Community: organizing workshops, group discussions, and conversations to build relationships and community within or across academic units
  2. Developing Faculty Networks and Affinity Groups: providing a variety of mentoring and career advancement opportunities
  3. Fostering a Respectful Environment: developing programs, guidelines, and structures to promote a climate of respect and professionalism
  4. Developing initiatives to foster respectful and professional interactions between faculty, faculty and staff, or faculty and students


Seed Grant Eligibility

Faculty in academic units on the campus side (Provost’s management area), centers jointly supported by the campus side and Duke Health System (e.g., DIBS, DHGI, GCB and others) and the School of Medicine basic science departments are all eligible for this program and are encouraged to submit proposals around one or more of the above activities. Seed grant amounts will typically range between $1,000 and $20,000.


Proposal Guidelines

  1. A 2–3-page narrative including title, description of the project, rationale, target participants, start date, end date, and goals of the program along with how the attainment of goals will be assessed and metrics for success.
  2. 1-page budget with a brief justification. (Funds may not be used to support faculty effort, travel, equipment or staffing).
  3. A brief letter of support from the unit chair/dean/director addressing how the goals of the project will fit within the unit’s faculty advancement and diversity vision and long-term plan.

Important Dates

Submission Deadline
February 14, 2020
Award Notification
March 2, 2020
Latest Start Date
Fall 2020


Proposal Submissions

Deadline: February 14, 2020
Please submit all proposals to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement using the following online submission form.


Review Process

A review committee consisting of faculty and department/school leaders will review the proposals and make recommendations to the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement. We anticipate supporting up to six (6) proposals this academic year.


Post-Funding Reporting

Recipients will submit a report at the conclusion of the project that summarizes activities undertaken, assesses outcomes, and describes efforts to sustain or build upon the successes of the seed funding.



Contact Associate Vice Provost Sherilynn Black, Ph.D.

email sherilynn.black@duke.edu