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Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program (RISF)

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science (KIETS) established the Strategic Research Initiative in 2010 — now known as the Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program. The primary goal of RISF 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.

Program Highlights

Beginning with the current Fall 2021 call for proposals, ORI and KIETS will implement a time-limited (two-year) variation of the traditional RISF Program. For FY21-22 and FY22-23, RISF proposals are invited in three broad program areas: Traditional, Global Health, and Climate Change.

  • The Traditional program area is intended to preserve a subset of RISF funding for those who wish to apply for seed-funding under program guidelines utilized in previous years.
  • The Global Health and Climate Change program areas have been added as special interest topics for the next two funding cycles due to their societal significance, and the immense opportunities each provides for innovation.

Regardless of program area, proposed projects must be new interdisciplinary initiatives that have a high potential for future external support.

Program Timeline

  • Fall 2021 proposal deadline: Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • Fall 2021 funding decisions announced: December 2021
  • Fall 2021 cycle award period: January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
  • Fall 2021 cycle report deadlines: January 31, 2023; January 31, 2024

RISF Documents

Past Awards

The abstracts of previously awarded RISF projects are posted for the NC State community to review. A Unity ID is required to view these synopses.

  • Projects awarded under the Spring 2021 cycle will soon be announced!

Reporting Schedule

All RISF awardees are required to report the results of their research. Failure to complete a report in a timely manner makes you ineligible to apply for any internal seed funding from the Office of Research and Innovation. A detailed reporting schedule is posted for reference. A Unity ID is required to view the reporting schedule.

RISF Reviewer Dashboard

RISF reviews are conducted by the University Research Committee (URC). These members may access key review information by logging in to the reviewer dashboard. Members from the NC State community can view the reviewer dashboard; however, only URC members have access to proposal information.