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Research and Innovation Seed Funding Program (RISF)

The Office of Research and Innovation and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science 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

Projects that align with NC State’s strategic research areas of health and well-being, energy and environment, safety and security, or advanced materials and advanced manufacturing are encouraged. Proposed projects should be high-risk/high-gain and initiate new areas of research or enhance existing areas at NC State.

Program Timeline

  • Spring 2021 proposal deadline: Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • Spring 2021 funding decisions announced: June 2021
  • Spring 2021 cycle award period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022
  • Spring 2021 cycle report deadlines: July 31, 2022; July 31, 2023

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.

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.