Funders spur Duke-UNC collaboration

Two local foundations are investing a total of $150,000 over three years to encourage collaboration on academic projects by students from Duke University in Durham and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The initiative, funded by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, aims to spur student-led projects that involve both campuses, or that enhance the scholarly or public-service missions of the two institutions.

The Kenan-Biddle Partnership is accepting proposals that will have a positive impact on both campuses through collaborative arts, science or humanities projects.

“The Kenan-Biddle Partnership will nurture the growing collaborative culture between two great research universities,” Holden Thorp, chancellor of UNC-CH, says in a statement. “The vision for encouraging students to develop innovative projects is brilliant.”

Grant awards typically will be $5,000 per project, although larger requests will be considered, and can be used for materials, salaries or project support.

Applications must be submitted by Nov. 15. Awards will be announced Dec. 10, and projects will launch on Jan. 1.

Additional information on the program and the proposal process can be found online.

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