The Children’s Health and Discovery Initiative (CHDI) and the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) announce a request for research proposals that investigate and positively impact child health and the trajectory of health into adulthood. Proposed activities should focus on evolutionary medicine, broadly interpreted to involve research that uses evolutionary and ecological perspectives to understand and treat disease in humans. Examples could include: developmental origins of health and disease; childhood asthma and other allergies; the microbiome and health; the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases of children; social determinants of child health and development; mental health; and origins and treatment of childhood cancers.
The intent of this RFP is to support pilot studies that integrate the missions of CHDI and TriCEM. Up to 3 proposals will be chosen to receive funding of up to $40,000 (direct costs only). The proposed research should be able to be accomplished within one year, and serve as a pilot project for external grant submission. An additional $10,000 may be awarded upon submission of an external grant application. Please note that the research team for each proposal must include Project Leaders from both the Duke School of Medicine and from Duke University (including Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Nicholas School of the Environment, Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Pratt School of Engineering).