Proposals for Symposia in Evolutionary Medicine

We are looking to support one-day Symposia and Workshops on topics in evolutionary medicine and related fields. Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, evolution of infectious or zoonotic disease, evolutionary issues in global health, evolution of aging, mental health and neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disease and allergy, evolutionary perspectives on cancer, and evolution of resistance.

Events should take place in the Research Triangle of North Carolina and are intended to:

  • focus on a theme that is grand enough to excite and inspire
  • increase the scale and ambition of our scientific vision
  • design serve as catalysis for scientific synthesis
  • initiate a dialogue across disciplinary boundaries
  • influence the research programs of potential collaborators
  • facilitate the assembly of scientific networks

Proposals that have a clear interdisciplinary focus are strongly encouraged, as are proposals that demonstrate international participation and a mix of senior and emerging researchers, including participation by graduate students and postdocs.

Symposia should plan for the attendance of 50-100 scientists from diverse disciplines, held for most of a day. Workshops would include 12-30 individuals interested in learning a critical skill relevant to applying evolutionary and ecological perspectives to human or animal health, for 1-3 days in total length.

Support includes travel, lodging and per diem for invited speakers, space for the symposium, and meals and coffee during the symposium. No salary support is provided, and no overhead is allowed. Awardees do not receive an actual budget; TRICEM will handle the budgetary needs for all meeting expenses (hotel, airfare, meals, break food, shuttles, taxis, parking, etc.) and logistics. Specific guidelines will be provided with award information.

Before You Apply

All applicants are encouraged to contact Melissa Manus (, Assistant Director of TRICEM, for feedback on project ideas.  Proposals will be evaluated in terms of both the scientific value of the project and the qualifications of the applicant. Note that TriCEM funds do not cover indirect costs or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals for working groups are short, not to exceed 3 single-spaced (12-pt type) pages.  Please also include a current CV for all PIs.

Proposals should be organized as follows:

  1. Program Track (please see our key research areas)
  2. Title (80 characters max)
  3. Short title (25 characters max)
  4. Name and contact information for Project Leader, and any Co-Leaders
  5. Symposium Summary (250 words max)
  6. Public Summary (250 words max) – written for the public and visible on the TRICEM web site
  7. Central Theme – Justify the importance of the Central Theme of the symposium, and why it will capture the attention and imaginations of the participating scientists.
  8. Rationale for TRICEM support – Why can this activity be most effectively conducted through TRICEM? Demonstrate that this topic would not be readily covered at another conference or meeting. Typically, proposals that have been selected for support by TRICEM are those that explicitly capitalize on local, national, and international opportunities for collaboration.
  9. List of Proposed Speakers -TRICEM encourages groups that go beyond existing collaborations and that include multiple disciplines, emerging scientists including graduate students, and international linkages.  Named individuals should be committed to participating in the project if funded. For each speaker please include explicit information about career stage, discipline, institution, and institutional location. A supplementary table (not included in the 5 page limit) may be appended for this purpose.
  10. Statement on the Audience-Indicate the intended audience and expected attendance to the symposium. Please provide specific members and labs of Triangle institutions that would be likely to attend.
  11. Short CV of Project Leaders (2 pages for each). Do not include talks, society memberships, or papers in preparation.

Proposal Submission

Proposals will be accepted in digital format only as a single pdf file, including CVs. Graphics should be embedded directly into the proposal document. Email proposals to Melissa Manus (, Assistant Director.