Faculty Research and Professional Development (view .pdf)
The individual investigator fund is intended to assist faculty members in initiating research and professional development activities. A primary objective from an award should be to use the funding as “seed” money leading to support from outside granting agencies. This funding is made available via a partnership of resources from the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development and your college Dean’s office.
INDIVIDUAL FUNDING CAP
Contact your Research Office for specific guidance on proposal amount AND due date.
All faculty are eligible to apply with priority given to those early in their careers. Individual College Research Committees may have additional eligibility requirements.
Support may be requested for most items usually found in a research budget, including labor, travel essential to the project, equipment, laboratory or research supplies, etc.
Funding should not generally be used for summer salary. Consult your college research office if you desire to fund summer salary.
Refer to the FRPD program page.
- Prepare a cover page using the format on the FRPD website.
- Prepare a 4-page technical project description. Address the 5 review characteristics below in your technical project description.
- Summarize your references outside of the 4 page technical proposal
- Prepare a budget using the format on the FRPD website.
- Prepare an abbreviated curriculum vitae using the format on the FRPD website.
- Submit your proposal electronically via PINS. Use “NCSU Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund” as the sponsor name.
- Consult your college research office if you have questions about these procedures.
Awards will be announced in May. Projects must begin on July 1 and can run no longer than a twelve-month (12) period. At the end of that period, the unexpended balance reverts to the fund for reallocation.
A report on the completed work must be submitted to the Office of Research Administration, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org within ninety (90) days of the end of the grant period. The technical report must be limited to 2 pages and among technical results must include a description of external funding sought during the time period of the FRPD grant and planned proposals.
REVIEW CRITERIA TO CONSIDER
- Description of Proposed Research – The goals and objectives of the project are clearly defined in terms of research focus.
- Relevance and Novelty of Proposed Research – The project contributes and does not duplicate former research surrounding the problem area
- Research Methods – The proposed methods are adequate to address the topic of the project. This section should include datasets, design, data description/analysis, time frame for completion of the project, and resource requirements and availability.
- Proposed Budget – The budget is appropriate for the project; the line items have been sufficiently justified.
- Potential for Future Funding – The selected problem has sufficient potential for follow-up funding.