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Inter-Institutional Funding Programs

NC State partners with a number of universities and other public and private institutions to offer funding opportunities. The inter-institutional funding programs on this page offer unique opportunities to collaborate with researchers at other organizations.

Open Opportunities

  • 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 recently welcomed Expressions of Interest (EOI) in Forethought: The RTI $5M+ Research Collaboration Challenge

  • Next Deadline: October, 25, 2021

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-Chapel Hill faculty.

  • Next Deadline: December 7, 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.
  • Read an article highlighting a few projects awarded through this program

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s NC TraCS Institute partners with NC State’s Office of Research and Innovation and 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 — a grant-funded institute founded as a service to the research community in North Carolina — combines the research strengths, resources and opportunities of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus with those of partners: RTI International in the Research Triangle Park; North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, in Greensboro; and NC State University, in Raleigh.

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.

PowerAmerica is accelerating the adoption of advanced semiconductor components made with silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) into a wide range of products and systems.  Backed by $70 million from the U.S. Department of Energy over five years, we are working to make these wide bandgap semiconductor technologies cost-competitive with silicon-based power electronics and reduce the perceived risk in their adoption in numerous industries.

Upcoming Opportunities

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 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.

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is partnering with the 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. Read more here.

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).

Closed Competitions

  • Closed.

The Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP) allocated more than $1.5 million over three years to fund exceptional research teams and projects that spanned several NC State colleges. GRIP was intended to incentivize and support visionary research ideas that would result in large-scale extramural funding, award-winning research impacts, and first-class interdisciplinary graduate education and training.