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Office of Research and Innovation Fellows

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is dedicated to encouraging cutting-edge faculty research leadership. Our fellows are selected by their commitment to constant improvement in identifying strategic opportunities, innovation, and enhancements to research administration. ORI Fellows are given access to the highest level of research decision-making and planning at the university.

ORI is accepting applications for FY25. Preferred fellows would have natural sciences, life sciences, biological sciences or agriculture expertise.


Opportunities undertaken by fellows typically fall into two categories:

Project Focused

ORI would like to sponsor a fellow interested in developing strategic research leadership skills through planning, implementation and participation in a project-based fellowship.

Areas for potential project-based fellowships include:

Strategic Research Focused

  • Research and business development-based fellowship in support of NC State’s strategic research areas.
  • Fellows identified based on their research expertise
  • VCR and/or AVC(s) as a sponsor(s)

How to Apply


Applicants must be full-time faculty at the rank of associate or full professor in any track. Applicants must have the written support of their department head to apply and must be willing to commit approximately 10-25 percent of their time over the course of the fellowship period to fellowship activities, including their project.

Application process

The Fellows Program doesn’t operate on a predefined schedule. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The selected applicants receive a salary supplement that is dependent on the time commitment to the Fellowship. 

Applicants should submit a single file (Word, PDF, or Google Docs files are all acceptable) via email to The submission should contain the following:

  • Current CV with contact information (name, title/faculty rank, department, email, phone)
  • Fellowship category (project focused or research development)
  • Description of potential project idea(s) that are of interest to the applicant (limited to one page for each project) and timeframe for the proposed fellowship
  • Statement of career goals and interest in research leadership (limited to one page)
  • Brief letter of support from the department head including an acknowledgment that participation may require temporary reassignment of duties

Reach out to Genevieve Garland, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Operations and Communications and Chief of Staff via email with questions.

Meet our Fellows

Jacob Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Jones will assess the support for, and growth of, interdisciplinarity and convergence research at peer and aspirational institutions, documenting the structures, processes, and innovations that have enabled these institutions to realize their visions and be recognized as institutional leaders in academia. Jones is the Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network, Director and Principal Investigator of the Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center, and a University Faculty Scholar.

Jones received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering, all from Purdue University. Jones is a Fellow of the IEEE Society and the American Ceramic Society and has received numerous awards for research and education activities, including an NSF CAREER award;, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from President Obama;, the 2019 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award; and the 2020 R. J. Reynolds Award, the highest award given by the College of Engineering. He has contributed to over 290 papers and delivered several hundred invited, plenary, and keynote lectures.

Veena Misra, Ph.D.

Dr. Misra will be working on launching a new campus-wide initiative on sensor systems that support a variety of applications ranging from health, agriculture, smart infrastructure and more. Misra is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Founding Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center of Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST)

She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from NC State University. She was the recipient of the 2001 NSF Presidential Early CAREER Award, the 2011 Alcoa Distinguished Engineering Research Award, the 2007 Outstanding Alumni Research Award and the 2016 R.J. Reynolds Award, the highest award given by the College of Engineering. She has contributed to more than 200 publications, holds 14 patents and has been involved in two startups.