These are NC State sponsored opportunities for seed funding, research equipment, interdisciplinary research, and other research infrastructure. If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact the Research Development Office.


The Office of Research and Innovation has announced the winners of the 2019 awards. (Unity login required)

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Open Opportunities

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Open opportunities will be posted here as they become available. Please ensure that you are subscribed to the funding listserv to receive announcements about open opportunities.

Browse previous award cycles listed below for further information on the opportunities that have been offered.  Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the Research Development Office.

Closed Opportunities

Laboratory Research Equipment Program (LREP)

Closed for competition.

The Laboratory Research Equipment Program 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, centers/institutes, etc.

METRIC Pilot Project Program (MPPP)

Closed for competition.

The newly formed 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. Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science(KIETS) will provide matching funds for this new internal seed-funding program to enable NC State researchers to access METRIC platform technologies.

Note: This is a matching program. Award funds must be matched one-to-one from other non-federal sources.

Non-laboratory Scholarship/Research Support Program (NSRP)

Closed for competition.

The Non-laboratory Scholarship/Research Support Program  is a program 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.

Game-changing Research Incentive Program for Plant Sciences Initiative (GRIP4PSI)

Closed for competition.

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) is pleased to announce a new large-scale, inter-disciplinary seed-funding program to support the NC Plant Science Initiative (PSI). This program is funded with generous commitments from the Office of the Provost, ORI, 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 has been made available for this program.

Research & Innovation Seed Funding (RISF)

2019 cycle closed

The Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) program is now accepting proposals from NC State faculty and EHRA professionals. This is an internal seed funding program offered by the Office of Research & Innovation and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology, and Science.

The primary goal of the RISF program is to assist NC State researchers in developing innovative interdisciplinary programs that have strong potential for significant future external support from government agencies, corporations, industrial consortia or foundations. Teams can request up to $25,000 in RISF funds, and must provide a minimum of 25% cost match.

Faculty Research & Professional Development (FRPD)

2019 cycle closed

The Faculty Research and Professional Development (FRPD) program is a funding partnership between the Office of Research and Innovation and the ten academic colleges.

Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP)

Competition is closed; Winners have been announced.

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. You can watch this video and hear a little more about the program.

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.