NC State has several institutions with which it partners, including other universities and private institutions, to offer funding opportunities. These programs offer faculty the unique opportunity to collaborate with researchers at other organizations.



Open Opportunities

RTI Forethought:  The RTI $5M+ Research Collaboration Challenge

  • Information regarding the next stage will be posted as it becomes available.

To build on a foundation of recent investments in successful university collaborations and help stimulate transformational change for the next 60 years, RTI welcomes Expressions of Interest (EOI) in Forethought: The RTI $5M+ Research Collaboration Challenge.  Nonstudent researchers from NC State may submit an EOI as PI.

  • RDO hosted a webinar on Wednesday, March 10, from 10-11 a.m..
  • Please submit any questions about this opportunity and/or requests to be connected with potential collaborators via this form.
  • See RTI’s recently updated FAQ page.
  • See a WRAL TechWire post about Forethought

Duke/NC State Translational Research Agreement

  • Next Deadline:  6/3/2021

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is partnering with Office of Research and Innovation, as well as NC State’s Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI), to support inter-institutional collaborative research teams.  Proposed projects must involve a lead investigator from Duke and a lead investigator from NC State.

Each institution will support the research activities of its investigators. Duke CTSI and NC State will each fund up to $25,000 direct costs, for a total of $50,000 per project.  Proposals must be submitted via Duke’s MyResearchProposal online submission system as well as through PINS (Select “Duke-NC State Translational Research Grant” as the Direct Sponsor of this funding opportunity).

2021-2022 RFA

NC TraCS Translational Research Matched Pilot Grant Program

  • Next Deadline: 6/29/2021
  • This is a matching program; all projects require 1:1 cost matches. PIs should seek matching funds from their colleges, department, or center/institute.
  • Other upcoming deadlines: 11/2021
  • Read an article highlighting a few projects awarded through this program

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s NC TraCS Institute partners with NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation and the Comparative Medicine Institute (CMI) to promote interdisciplinary inter-institutional collaborative research teams. This pilot program is designed to encourage and facilitate novel clinical and translational research that applies or accelerates discovery into testing in clinical or population settings. Cross-disciplinary translational research addressing the development of therapies, diagnostics or devices applicable to human disease and clinical research/trials are areas of interest for these awards. NC State led submissions should be routed through PINS. (Select “UNC/NC State Translational Research Grant.”)

NC TraCS is a grant-funded institute founded as a service to the research community in North Carolina.  They combine the research strengths, resources, and opportunities of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and partner with RTI International in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in Greensboro, as well as North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh.

The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL)

The NIIMBL mission is to accelerate biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation, support the development of standards that enable more efficient and rapid manufacturing capabilities, and educate and train a world-leading biopharmaceutical manufacturing workforce, fundamentally advancing U.S. competitiveness in this industry. NIIMBL is the latest addition to the nation’s growing network of manufacturing institutes. Click here to visit the NIIMBL website to learn more.

Upcoming Opportunities

UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program

  • Future deadlines will be posted here. 

The UNC Lineberger Developmental Funding Program is intended to support the development of cancer research programs and stimulate new applications for extramural funding.  NC State faculty may apply in collaboration with UNC faculty.

RTI University Scholars Program

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International launched the RTI University Scholars Program in 2014 as a catalyst for promoting research collaborations between the institution and North Carolina’s top academic scholars. The program provides support for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI, actively collaborating with RTI’s researchers. The goal of the program is to foster collaboration and catalyze opportunities for externally funded, joint projects in the future.

  • Future deadlines will be posted here. 
  • View the 2021-2022 call for applications.
  • Past NC State RTI Scholars
  • NC State and RTI held a webinar about the University Scholars Program on November 1, 2018.
    • View the recording here (Please note that there are audio issues towards the beginning of the recording)
    • View just the slides here


UNC System Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI)

  • Future internal deadlines will be posted here. 

The UNC System announced a RFP for the FY2022 Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI). The ROI provides targeted funding for innovative and potentially game-changing research projects in certain areas. NC State is limited to submitting one proposal for this opportunity that will be selected through an internal review process.

AC21 Special Project Fund

  • Future deadlines will be posted here.  

The Academic Consortium for the 21st Century (AC21) was established on June 24, 2002 at the International Forum hosted by Nagoya University, Japan, as an international network comprised of educational, research and industrial organizations throughout the world. Consisting of 18 institutions, the AC21 seeks to promote cooperation in education and research bridging between different societies in the world to share wisdom and knowledge from different cultures necessary for co-existence beyond national and regional boundaries. The AC21 Special Project Fund was created in order to promote the development of research and educational exchange between AC21 members by providing seed funding for a variety of collaborative research projects and activities. Up to $10,000 per project will be awarded. 

Closed Opportunities

University of Adelaide – NC State Starter Grants for Research Collaboration

  • Any future opportunities will be posted here.   

NC State Global offers funding for NC State faculty or staff to enhance research collaboration and academic exchange with the University of Adelaide in Australia.The strategic partnership between the University of Adelaide (UA) and NC State is a preferred relationship that leverages complementary strengths and trans-disciplinary scholarship to advance research collaboration and academic exchange. UA and NC State are now accepting proposals for the development of research collaboration. Co-funding up to AU $10,000 from UA and the equivalent amount from NC State (approximately US $6,750) per project will be made available for travel and to seed collaboration. This funding program is designed to provide pump-priming and early contact partner outreach with the expectation that they will lead to more substantive engagement resulting in high-quality outputs.  Potential high-quality outputs include international research training for graduate students and/or early-career faculty, the publication of joint papers from collaborative research, or follow-on joint research funding bids.Proposals are invited from permanent, tenured or tenure track faculty or research professionals at NC State University (those who comply with Sponsored Programs eligibility requirements) and academic and research only staff at the University of Adelaide.

Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP)

  • Closed.

The Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP), allocates more than $1,500,000 over three years to fund exceptional research teams and projects that span NC State colleges.  GRIP is intended to incentivize and support visionary research ideas that will result in large-scale extramural funding, award-winning research impacts, and first-class interdisciplinary graduate education and training.

GRIP awards will follow a two-phase application process including a two-page pre-proposal, selection of up to 10 pre-proposals for further consideration, and review of eight-page final proposals.  Please see the link to the full RFP below for key dates and requirements, and the FAQs for additional information.