Research-intensive universities such as NC State have significant research/scholarship needs. Portions of these needs are met through public (federal and state) and private (foundation) sources. However, a significant need exists to augment these sources with internal funds to fill existing gaps to advance research/scholarship activities at NC State. The NC State Non-laboratory Scholarship/Research Support Program (NSRP) is a collaborative program between the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost to address this gap in funding.
The NSRP is a two-tiered program designed to support both small (less than $5,000) and large (up to $20,000) research/scholarship needs in disciplines not driven by instrument-dependent research. Such disciplines may include, but are not limited to social sciences, humanities, education, design, management, and libraries. In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary research and scholarship, priority will be given to projects that will support multiple NC State user groups pursuing interdisciplinary research/scholarship.
Proposal Deadline: September 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Proposals Awarded: Fall 2017
Proposals for NSRP may be submitted by a single Principal Investigator (PI) or teams where the lead PI is either an NC State faculty member or an NC State staff member. An individual may serve as PI for only one NSRP application but may participate in others as a major or minor user. An individual PI may not receive more than two grants within a five-year period.
A total $100,000 has been set aside for this program. Both Tier 1 and Tier 2 projects will be awarded from this reserve. No limits on the number of proposals to be funded have been established.
Funds must be spent or encumbered by June 30, 2018.
Tier 1 Program
Requests are limited to $5,000 and below.
Tier 2 Program
Requests must fall within a range of $5,001 to $20,000. Proposals that have a high potential to leverage this award to gain external recognition and/or funding will be given a high priority.
The program is designed to support research/scholarly efforts of both single investigator and multi-investigator teams. The program is not a grant program for individual project support, but an avenue for resource acquisition to support a single investigator’s or a team’s single or multiple projects.
The NSRP is a two-tiered program designed to support both small (less than $5,000) and large (up to $20,000) research/scholarship needs. Priority will be given to projects that have a high potential to leverage this award to gain external recognition and/or funding. Funds must be spent or encumbered by June 30, 2018.
Application and Submission Process
The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 7, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Proposals must submitted through InfoReady Review as a single PDF file.
Please consult with the College Research Office of the Lead PI for additional College requirements.
Application Instructions (Tier 1 and Tier 2 Programs)
Include the following documents in the same PDF document, behind the last page of the proposal. (Unless indicated as optional, all items are required.)
- An up-to-date NIH- or NSF-formatted biosketch for the PI and each Co-PI (2-page limit for each biosketch; see links at bottom of page)
- Relevant current and pending support for PI (include sponsor, title of project, the project period, and the total amount of support)
- Letters of support from primary users (email correspondence is acceptable)
- One (or more) quotes from vendor(s) – optional
- Itemized budget
Incomplete applications and/or applications that do not meet these requirements will be returned without review.
Allowed Costs and Budget
Examples of allowable needs include, but are not limited to, scholarly support such as:
- Specialized software
- Video equipment
- Database access
- Access to special library collections
- Travel to archives, fieldwork, field site or other similar resources
- Other types of support that could be applied across multiple research projects.
Costs and Budget Not Allowed
- Office and instructional computers/equipment are not eligible for this program. See the FAQs section for more information.
- Salaries of any faculty, staff or student support of any kind are not supported by this program.
- Expenses associated with conferences, including travel expenses
Priority will be given to projects that will support multiple NC State user groups pursuing interdisciplinary research/scholarship. The fundamental criteria utilized for award selection are potential impact and need. Colleges may impose additional criteria.
Impact is defined relative to advancement of the research/scholarship program(s) and overall enhancement of the NC State research/scholarship enterprise including, but not limited to, the size and breadth of the existing user base across campus and/or opportunities to realize new or enhanced services or serve additional users.
As appropriate for the project, the need will be assessed relative to reduction or removal of research/scholarship barriers including barriers to external funding, enhancement of the pace or quality of the research/scholarship, the extent of projected use relative to potential use, and the availability of similar resources on campus. Proposals that will result in the duplication of existing resources must include strong scholarly and/or practical justification.
Proposal Review and Recommendation
Phase I. Ranking
The Associate Deans for Research of the Lead PI will rank proposals submitted by their respective college. The Lead PI should contact his or her College Research Office to understand any additional requirements the college may impose prior to submitting through InfoReady Review.
Phase 2. Review
Ranked proposals will be reviewed by a committee composed of Associate Deans for Research and ORIED administration. The review committee for NSRP includes:
- Tom Birkland (Chair), College of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Steve Allen, Poole College of Management
- Marian McCord, College of Natural Resources
- Celen Pasalar, College of Design
- Paola Sztajn, College of Education
- Mladen Vouk, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development and Research Administration, ORIED
- Jon Horowitz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure, ORIED
- Margery Overton, Vice Provost for Academic Strategy, Provost
The review committee will submit funding recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development and the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for final selection.
Post-Award and Reporting Requirements
The PI, or an approved designee, must submit a brief final written report describing the impact the revenue resource had on the research/scholarship project and any funding, publications or other external recognitions that resulted from the award. Deadlines for reporting are likely to be project specific and will be discussed with awardees. A general rule of thumb for reports to be submitted is one year after the award date.
Questions about this program should be directed to:
Dr. Jon Horowitz, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is the total investment in this program?
A1: Up to $100K has been committed to this program with $50K allocated from the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development and $50K allocated from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.
Q2: Are computers, nodes/servers eligible for this program?
A2: Office and instructional computers/equipment are not eligible for this program. Funds from the program may, however, be expended to replace computers that operate shared instrumentation or are required to analyze data from shared instruments.
Q3: Is access to data sets eligible for this program?
A3: Yes. Preference will be given to data sets that support the projects of multiple faculty members.
Q4: Will this be a recurring/annual program?
A4: There is no guarantee of future funding, but the goal is to be able offer the program in the future.
Q5: Do proposals have to go through PINS?
A5: This program only requires PINS submission for proposals selected for funding. Some colleges required all proposals to be submitted for PINS routing; check your college requirements before submitting your proposal.