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Internal Funding Programs

The Research Development Office manages the following NC State-sponsored opportunities for seed funding, research equipment, interdisciplinary research and other research infrastructure.

Open Opportunities

The RISF Program is now accepting proposals from NC State faculty and EHRA professionals.

For the next two fiscal years, the RISF program will be expanded significantly to include additional seed-funding focused on special topic areas. Regardless of topic area, proposed projects must be new interdisciplinary initiatives that have a high potential for future external support.

NSRP is aimed at supporting research/scholarship not driven by instrument-dependent research. The Office of Research and Innovation and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost have set aside $100,000 has been set aside to support the acquisition of resources for scholarly and research needs.

Upcoming Opportunities

The Molecular Education, Technology, and Research Innovation Center (METRIC) is an NC State Shared Core Research Facility that provides access to state-of-the-art equipment capable of addressing a diverse range of scientific questions. The Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science provides matching funds for this internal seed-funding program to enable NC State researchers to access METRIC platform technologies.

LREP is designed to support the acquisition, repair and/or replacement of shared equipment that may be located and maintained in NC State service centers, departments, colleges, or centers and institutes.

The FRPD program is a funding partnership between the Office of Research and Innovation and the 10 academic colleges. The primary objective of this program is to provide seed funding to individual investigators to jump-start larger awards and grants from outside agencies.

Closed Opportunities

GRIP was a large-scale seed-funding program and partnership among the Office of Research and Innovation, the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, and RTI, allocating more than $1.5 million over three years to fund exceptional research teams and projects that spanned NC State’s 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.

To date, this program has resulted in over $34 million in extramural funding.

GRIP4PSI is a large-scale, inter-disciplinary seed-funding program that supports the NC Plant Science Initiative (PSI). This program was funded with generous commitments from the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research and Innovation, the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science, and the NC State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Engineering (COE), Natural Resources (CNR), Sciences (COS), Management (PCOM) and Textiles (WCOT). Collectively, $2.3 million in seed funding was allocated among four teams, who will be funded from 2020-2023.