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Click here for the current call for proposals, including proposal requirements and submission instructions.

DEADLINE: Jan. 9, 2017




The Office of the Provost offers a number of internal funding opportunities designed to launch new scholarship, research, and creativity at Dartmouth. Faculty members in all departments and each of the professional schools are encouraged to apply. Special funding is targeted for highly innovative projects that have the potential for transformational impact. These funds will enable faculty to pursue less conventional approaches and untested ideas that could challenge existing theories, create new models, shift current paradigms, or overcome major research barriers. Such "high risk, high reward" proposals in any category will receive special consideration.

Pilot: Pilot funds encourage new directions of inquiry. They are intended to support the first steps in exploratory, speculative, and potentially high-impact projects. These might include developing innovative, emerging ideas; exploring cross-disciplinary collaborations; or collecting preliminary data.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences funds encourage faculty to broaden the scope of their scholarly, artistic, and creative endeavors. The funds are intended to enable innovative projects that advance one's field or one's own scholarly and artistic development. Eligible projects might include, but are not limited to: travel to archives or conferences; artistic productions or exhibitions; or preparation of manuscripts and articles.

Cross-disciplinary Collaboration: Larger cross-disciplinary collaboration awards are available to support new initiatives that cross institutional and disciplinary boundaries to address complex societal questions and grand challenge problems. The aim is to enable faculty to compete for large-scale awards; initiate new fields of inquiry; or establish new capabilities at Dartmouth.

Funded Projects


  • Synthesis and anticancer activity of novel pectenotoxins --Glenn Micalizio, Chemistry; Alan Eastman, Pharmacology & Toxicology
  • Fingerprinting the Potters of Antiquity -- Julie Hruby, Classics; Mark McPeek, Biology
  • Applying Machine Learning to Instagram Data to Identify Substance Use  -- Amar Das, Biomedical Data Science; Lisa Marsch, Psychiatry
  • Intelligently Engineered Proteins To Deplete B‐Cells That Cause Autoimmune Disease -- Karl Griswold, Engineering; Chris Bailey‐Kellogg, Computer Science; Jack Bodwell, Physiology & Neurobiology; Paul Guyre, Physiology & Neurobiology
  • Identity Coherence, Social Stress, and Health Outcomes -- Kimberly Rogers, Sociology
  • Mapping Rome: Remastering the Forma Urbis Romae -- Nicola Camerlenghi, Art History
  • Hu Tong (a fantasy/sci‐fi chamber opera) -- Kui Dong, Music
  • Help Me Know The Truth -- Mary Flanagan, Film & Media Studies
  • Specimen: The Babel Review of Translations -- Sam Vasquez, English


  • The Spread of Ideas from Brain to Network -- Thalia Wheatley, Psychological and Brain Sciences and Adam Kleinbaum, Tuck
  • Magnetic Nanoparticle Tags for Remotely Interfacing with Neuronal Circuits -- Sol Diamond, Thayer and Michael Hoppa, Biology
  • Manufactured Desire: Industrial Exhibitions in Nineteenth-Century France -- Katie Hornstein, Art History
  • Smart Cameras Meet Smart Rocks: Quantifying Stream Channel Responses to Natural and Human-Induced Disturbances -- Frank Magilligan, Geography
  • Theory of the Middlebrow: Market Technologies, Media Networks and their Discontents -- Andrew McCann, English
  • Magnetic resonance characterization of hyperfine interactions in graphene: Towards coherent graphene spintronics -- Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, Physics
  • 7 Stages: An Electroacoustic Object Opera -- Ashley Fure, Music
  • Urban Multiethnic Neighborhood Stability and Health -- Emily Walton, Sociology
  • Computational Analysis of Intertextuality in Classical Literature -- Pramit Chaudhuri, Classics
  • HealthMatters: Development and evaluation of novel mobile phone- and location-based systems for interactive media to promote resilience and healthy lifestyles among college students -- Sarah Lord, Psychiatry; Andrew Campbell, Computer Science; Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Community and Family Medicine; and Lorie Loeb, Computer Science


  • Effects of Globalization on Scholarly Communication: Mapping the Future of Non-Anglophone Writing Research -- Christiane Donahue, Linguistics
  • Ethylene chemotaxis as a basis for mediating bacterial-plant interactions -- Eric Schaller, Biological Sciences; George O'Toole, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Using Tools from Statistical Mechanics to Solve a Biological Problem at the Nanoscale -- Elizabeth Smith, Biological Sciences; Miles Blencowe, Physics
  • Living to 100: Understanding the molecular underpinnings of age-dependent cognitive disorder -- Giovanni Bosco, Genetics; David Bucci, Psychological & Brain Sciences; Leslie Henderson, Physiology & Neurobiology; Bryan Luikart, Physiology & Neurobiology; Robert Maue, Physiology & Neurobiology

Last Updated: 11/4/16