Request for Proposals - Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

Request for Proposals

Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations: Shiv Nadar University, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, and Duke Global Health Institute

Submission DEADLINE: 5 pm. 31 March, 2015

Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, and Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), invite research proposals building collaborative interdisciplinary research between Duke investigators and SNU investigators. Through this RFP, the funders seek to provide pilot funds to stimulate interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty at both universities, with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to obtain larger awards of external funding. Proposals must target interdisciplinary topics of relevance to the mission of the funding agencies. Below some thematic areas are provided as example but is not an exhaustive list of research topics:

  • environmental issues (especially the overlap between environmental issues and health);
  • chronic disease (e.g. cancer, CVD, diabetes, hypertension);
  • mental Health;
  • emerging infections;
  • global pandemic and resistant drugs;
  • aging;
  • urbanization and public health challenges;
  • access to health care;
  • education and public health;
  • gender and public health concerns.

Collaborative and interdisciplinary proposals are required; SNU and Duke personnel are available to facilitate collaboration building.

Eligible Applicants

All Shiv Nadar University and Duke University faculty are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals must include collaborators from both SNU and Duke.


The budget for a pilot project may include: supplies; salary support for technicians, research assistants, and graduate students; research related travel (but not for travel to scientific meetings); and other justifiable research expenses. Faculty salaries and indirect costs are not allowable expenses. Applicants may apply for up to a maximum $25,000 per year for two years. Proposals for shorter periods with lower budget amounts are also encouraged.

Application Requirements

Based on emerging collaborations, proposals exploring intersection of global health and urbanization are encouraged. However, proposals focusing on other interdisciplinary research topics will also be considered.  Applicants must include faculty from SNU and Duke. Proposals should describe plans for how the results generated in the pilot study will be applied to obtain future external funding.

1. Cover Page. Must include the following information:

  • Proposal title
  • Name, title, departmental affiliation, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of all proposed investigators
  • Designation of a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigators

2. Abstract (250 words)

3. Research plan (3 page maximum – single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins on all sides) must include: 

  • Statement of scientific objectives and their significance;
  • Work already completed related to the proposed work;
  • Description of the research team and research setting;
  • Proposed methods and plans for data analysis;
  • Potential for future grant support.

4. Appendix materials (1 page maximum each– single spaced, 12 point font, 1” margins; do not count toward the Research Plan page limit) including:

  • Research schedule and milestones;
  • Collaborative nature of the project;
  • Relevance to mission of funding agencies;
  • Letter of support from a collaborating researcher if such a partner is involved.

5. Budget and justification (1 page maximum).

6. Curriculum vitae or bio-sketch for each investigator including current grant support and limited to four pages for each investigator.

Submission Format

Please submit your proposal in English. Combine all required elements listed above into a single pdf document and submit via email to with the subject line of “SNU/Duke Pilot Grant Submission.”


  • Application receipt date: 31 March 2015
  • Grant review by faculty committee from both institutions: April 2015
  • Award announcement: 30 April 2015
  • Project start date: 1 July 2015


We welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants. Please feel free to direct inquiries related to linkages with potential collaborators and sites where projects could be undertaken to: Karthik Krishnan at Shiv Nadar University ( and Baishakhi Taylor at Duke University (

DGHI Faculty Contacts: John Bartlett (; Truls Ostbye (

For advice on preparing budgets for international projects or questions about logistics, please contact Kelly Deal at the Duke Global Health Institute (