The Research Development Office can assist faculty in finding research funding for individual, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary research funding. Contact:

  • Research Development Office
  • (919) 513-0139
  • Campus Box 7018, Raleigh, NC 27695-7018
  • Springboard Innovation Hub, Poulton Innovation Center, 1021 Main Campus Dr., Raleigh NC 27606

New Funding Opportunities

The funding opportunities listed below may be of interest to the NC State research community. To the best of our knowledge, these opportunities are not institutionally limited. For limited submissions, go to If you are aware of other funding programs that may be of interest at NC State, please contact the Research Development Office.

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Agency Due Date:
4/10/2015NC Sea GrantNC Sea Grant Core Funding

North Carolina Sea Grant’s core research projects include diverse coastal topics that typically are funded by a combination of both federal and state dollars with an emphasis on applied research initiatives. Core funding operates on a two-year cycle.

Researchers must show how their one- or two-year studies meet the identified needs of North Carolina and how that work will ultimately benefit our coast, often having an impact on a regional, national or international level. These projects require matching funds identified by the researcher and his or her home university.
4/13/2015NOAAStrengthening the Public's and/or K-12 Students' Environmental Literacy for Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events and Environmental Changes"
The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) has issued Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-SEC-OED-2015-2004408. A successful project will advance NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience by focusing on geographic awareness and an understanding of Earth systems and the threats and vulnerabilities that are associated with a community’s location.

Two informational webinars with the program officers will occur on March 9, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT and March 10, 2015 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT. NOTE: the same content will be presented in both webinars. Register for one of the webinars by 12:00 PM EST on March 6, 2015,by emailing Include in the Subject line of the email: "Register for ELG15 FFO Webinar" and in the body of the email, provide the interested party's name(s), institution, telephone number, and email address and indicate the preferred webinar date. An email response from will be sent with the login information and date for the webinar. Whenever possible, individuals from the same institution should try to join the webinar from the same computer/phone line.
4/20/2015DHHSPhase I Research on Integrity
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is soliciting applications for projects to conduct innovative research related to the prevention of research misconduct, protection of whistleblowers, and the furtherance of research integrity in the United States and abroad. read more >>
4/28/2015US Army Research Development & Engineering CommandArmy Educational Outreach Program
The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) cooperative agreement (COA) is soliciting proposals for a single-award to a recipient, who will carry out the K-College STEM education and outreach programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of the Army to help address the nation’s need of a diverse, agile and highly competent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) literate talent pool. Through the AEOP COA award, the Army envisions the government to work with a recipient with an established consortium of organizations to collaboratively advance Army-sponsored STEM education and outreach programs, conducted across the United States, Puerto Rico as well as DoD locations in Europe and the Pacific.

An Opportunity Day Meeting will be held on February 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. at Crystal City (Arlington), VA. read more >>
4/28/2015US DOEdFulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
This program provides grants to colleges and universities to fund individual doctoral students to conduct research in other countries in modern foreign languages and area studies for periods of six to 12 months. This program holds an annual competition. Institutions of higher education in the United States are eligible to apply for grants under the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program. Students must apply through their institutions.
5/5/2015NIHDevelopment and Characterization of Animal Models for Aging Research (R01)

Research Objectives:
>> To promote research that develops, characterizes, refines and enhances model systems for aging research.
>> Studies of the biology of aging require biological models systems such as rodents and cell lines.
>>No human studies are involved.
>> To maximize the return for aging research, a broader array of model systems needs to be explored, in order to identify and understand the diverse sources of functional decline with age.
>> Studies developing new model systems or refining existing models to maximize their value for aging research will contribute to the understanding of normal changes in physiology and function with age and the onset, progression, therapeutics and prevention of age-associated diseases.
>> To enhance the biological resources and tools available to the research community for the study of the biology of aging.

Types of research and experimental approaches that are being sought to achieve these objectives include, but are not limited to:
>> Use of high-throughput technologies such as metabolomics and proteomics to characterize age-associated physiological changes in rodent models
>> Characterization of health span, lifespan, and physiological aging in animal models not currently used for aging research, such as mouse models of obesity, diabetes, and oxidative stress
>> Analyses of changes in physiology and pathology across the rodent lifespan, with the goal of determining the age when such changes appear
>> Development of unique cell lines of value to aging research such as induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from rodent models of normal aging and age-related diseases, such as, but not limited to, dwarf mice and models of accelerated senescence
>> Comparative biology studies in mammalian species, particularly rodents and non-human primates, to identify common mechanisms in normal aging and aging-related conditions
>> Characterization of alternative models for normal aging and aging-related diseases, including unique vertebrate species such as fish and birds
>> Investigation of the impact of genetic background on aging-related phenotypes investigation of the effects of environment on aging phenotypes, such as high-fat diets, environmental enrichment, or known microbiome
>> Development of informatics tools to integrate diverse type of data on aging in animal models

Interests of Participating Institutes
>> NIA encourages applications that promote research that develops, characterizes, refines and enhances model systems for understanding age-related biology and diseases.
>> NIDCD encourages applications that investigate age-related changes in the structure and function of the sensory systems involved in hearing, balance, smell and taste.
5/8/2015NSFStimulating research using NEON data

NSF's Directorate for Biological Sciences aims to foster and coordinate research that makes use of NEON data and/or samples/specimens by enabling research teams to coordinate their efforts and to address specific questions. This DCL encourages two types of funding request: 1) Conferences1 designed to support costs of bringing together a team of researchers with shared research interests to coordinate plans for specific analysis or synthesis of NEON data; and 2) Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs) to support innovative research that leverages NEON data and/or samples/specimens. Requests must propose to use NEON data and/or NEON samples/specimens in order to be considered for funding.

Conference requests are envisioned as providing travel and meeting costs for synthesis working groups, in which geographically dispersed researchers meet several times a year to collaboratively pursue analysis and synthesis of NEON data. Other types of conference ideas that make use of NEON data or samples will also be considered. Conference requests must not exceed $100,000 for one or two year duration.

EAGER requests will be considered if they propose to: 1) use NEON data and/or NEON samples/specimens to address innovative ecological or other biological questions, or 2) leverage NEON data and/or samples/specimens and combine with other data, for the purposes of extending the spatial or temporal dimension of potentially transformative research. EAGERs can be supported at up to $300,000 for two-year duration, although they are typically funded at lower levels.
5/13/2015Gates FoundationGrand Challenge: Grand Challenges Explorations
5/15/2015DHHSResearch Integrity - Funding for Conferences
The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) seeks to support conferences to develop multi-disciplinary networks to build upon existing evidence-based research and stimulate innovative approaches to preventing research misconduct and promoting research integrity. read more >>
6/1/2015NIHPediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems (PRISMS): Sensor Development Projects for Asthma (U01)

Research conducted under this FOA will include the development of new sensors, or the integration or re-design of existing sensors, to monitor multiple environmental stressors and physiological parameters correlated with pediatric asthma. The sensors will “plug and play”, physically or wirelessly, into the overall health monitoring system that will be developed as part of the PRISMS Program. The goal of the PRISMS Program is to create a tool that can be used for epidemiologic research in the pediatric asthmatic population to better understand environmental factors contributing to asthma as well as the physiological responses. All sensor developments should be wearable or non-wearable and non-or minimally invasive and have the ability to transmit data from the sensors to an informatics platform being developed under a companion FOA, RFA-EB-15-003.

The sensors can be developed to detect exposures and response bio-signatures together or alone. The sensors focused on exposure should be capable of detection and speciation of multiple components such as gaseous, particulate, biological (for example, pollen, flagella, etc.) and chemical entities (pesticides, insecticides, plasticizers, constituents of diesel exhaust, tobacco smoke, endocrine disruptors, additive substances such as flavoring agents used in e-cigarettes). The sensors focused at detecting biological response should be non-, to minimally-invasive. The sensors for non-invasive sampling such as exhaled breath samples should detect volatile organic compounds, reactive oxygen species and integrated with metabolomics analysis. Sensors for samples such as blood prick, nasal lavage or induced sputum, that can be performed in toddlers to young adults, could detect mediators of inflammation (cytokines, chemokines, lipid mediators such as lipoxins, resolvins, etc.). Also, sensor devices that can integrate biomarkers with physiological measurements such as spirometry will be strongly encouraged.
6/3/2015SCARSCAR Fellowship Scheme - SCAR and COMNAP Fellowships and CCAMLR Scientific Scholarships for PhD researchers (current PhD students and postdocs)

The SCAR Fellowship Programme is designed to encourage the active involvement of early career scientists and engineers in Antarctic scientific research, and to build new connections and further strengthen international capacity and cooperation in Antarctic research.

Current Limited Submission Opportunities

Some agencies limit the number of proposals an institution may submit to a specific program. The Research Development Office attempts to identify all opportunities of interest to the NC State research community and coordinates the submission process with the colleges.  If you are aware of other programs that are institutionally limited, please notify the Research Development Office so that they may be announced.  Following the contact requirements for limited submissions ensures eligibility for proposals moving forward and minimizes the risk of all proposals from NC State being rejected by the funding agency for non-compliance.  Learn more about NC State’s limited submission process.

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NC State will not be leadNSF: Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs (BD Hubs) - Learn what happened a the Hub South charrette
Limit: 1 per institution
Agency due date:
Full proposal: June 24, 2015 5:00, p.m.
Open for internal planningNEA: Art Works
Limit: 1 per institution
Internal due dates:
Notification of Interest: June 25 2015 5:00 p.m.
Agency due dates:
Application ( July 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Open for internal planningNSF Research Traineeship (NRT) - Cycle 2
2 per institution: Traineeship Track; Note: If 2 proposals are submitted, at least one must be Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE).
1 per institution: Innovations in Graduate Education Track
Internal due dates:
Notification of Interest: October 27, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Agency due dates:
LOI (optional): December 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Full Proposal: February 22, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

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