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The Research Development Office (RDO) assists with identifying funding opportunities for individual, collaborative and cross-disciplinary research — enabling NC State faculty and staff to conduct innovative, groundbreaking research.

Funding Opportunities

RDO maintains a repository of funding opportunities of interest to the NC State research community that are related to the COVID-19 pandemic. News and updates from funding agencies, as well as other resources, are also available.

RDO identifies extramural funding opportunities that may be of interest to the NC State research community — such as those from foundations, corporations, government and local agencies.

RDO oversees several NC State-sponsored opportunities for seed funding, research equipment, interdisciplinary research and other research infrastructure.

NC State partners with other universities and private institutions in order to offer various funding opportunities. These programs provide faculty with the unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers at other organizations. 

Agencies often limit the number of proposals an institution may submit to a specific program. RDO maintains a list of current limited-submission opportunities, including internal and external deadlines as well as information on the internal review process and instructions on how to submit your interest for a particular opportunity.

Scholar awards provide funding for early-career professors to jumpstart an independent research career. These programs are often limited-submission in nature, requiring nominations by a candidate’s department or the university.

Funding opportunities are available from various external sponsors aimed at promoting research conducted by women and minorities, as these groups have been traditionally underrepresented in disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Various agencies provide funding for instrumentation and other equipment. Several opportunities are limited submission in nature, and RDO runs internal competitions for these programs annually:

Funding Resources

The NC State research community has access to a large funding opportunity database that features custom searches and email alerts.

RDO maintains and institutional subscription to Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC’s Research Development and Grant Writing News, New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding, and Strategies for Planning, Developing, and Writing Large Team Grants. Within NC State University, these newsletters may be copied, duplicated and distributed electronically, in whole or in part, and posted to secure campus websites not accessible by those outside the NC State University community.

RDO sends a biweekly newsletter containing news, events, and funding opportunities of interest to the research community. After their release through the funding listserv, all newsletters will now be posted in this archive for easy reference.