NC State faculty, staff and students require access to instrumentation, equipment, facilities, software, and databases in order to conduct the world-class research that is expected at a major research university. Extramural support for the acquisition and/or development of research instruments may be obtained through proposals to external public (federal and state) or private (foundation) sources. The NC State Laboratory Research Equipment Program (LREP) supplements these sources with University funds since many external-funding opportunities are poorly matched to specific, lower-cost needs.

This program is not intended to support the equipment needs of units within NC State’s network of Core Shared Research Facilities. Instead, LREP is intended 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.

The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) has set aside $100,000 for this program. The maximum award from ORI for LREP-funded equipment is $25,000 per proposal. A one-to-one cash match is required.

2020 Cycle

The LREP program is open and now accepting proposals from NC State faculty and staff.

Full 2020 LREP RFP

Key Dates



Contact the Office of Research Development at research-development@ncsu.edu.

Previous Winners

Projects funded in 2019

  • High temperature differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) to enhance NCSU’s materials and nuclear fuels examination research and education
    • Ge Yang, College of Engineering
    • The proposed high temperature DSC equipment will allow the NCSU researchers to conduct important high accuracy thermal-physical measurements from room temperature to 1600 C on a wide range of materials including ceramics, metallic materials, semiconductors, shape memory alloys, inorganic glasses, concretes and polymers. Such infrastructure enhancement will put NCSU in a very unique position to provide complete temperature coverage from low temperature to high temperature for DSC measurements, thus largely benefiting the university’s research programs.
  • Digital image correlation equipment for large-scale structural testing of critical infrastructure
    • Giorgio Proestos, College of Engineering
    • In conducting structural engineering research, carefully measuring how members strain when subjected to forces is critical in being able to understand load carrying mechanisms, the mechanics of complex systems, and to validate analytical tools used to predict member response. This project involves utilizing 3D Digital Image Correlation (DIC) equipment for large-scale testing of critical infrastructure. The technology will be used to better understand load carrying mechanisms in structures built from traditional materials, such as concrete and steel, and will be used to help advance the development of new materials, such as carbon composites.
  • Imaging system for the acquisition and analysis of biomolecular data
    • Michael Sikes, College of Sciences
    • This project will bring state-of-the-art digital imaging to the researchers and students in Thomas and Gardner Halls. The Li-COR Odyssey has long been the gold standard of molecular imaging, and will provide the ability to quantitatively and affordably image gels, blots, cells, tissues and even small organisms. With matching support from the departments of Biological Sciences and Plant and Microbial Biology, LREP funded purchase of the Li-COR Odyssey will help maintain the excellence in research and teaching for which these departments are known.
  • A refrigerated, shaking, platform incubator for high throughput induction experiments
    • Albert Keung, College of Engineering
    • Acquisition of a refrigerated shaking platform incubator with high capacity and flexible culture formats will enable high throughput approaches in a number of protein engineering, molecular biology, and cell biology projects. Such experiments will accelerate the pace of research and elevate the type of research performed to be competitive with the international trends towards high throughput and high capacity in many fields of biology.
  • Acquisition of a fluorescent microscope for evaluating biotextiles and biopolymers
    • Jessica Gluck, College of Textiles
    • A fluorescent microscope is a vital piece of equipment for analyzing the interaction of biological material with biotextiles. The Wilson College of Textiles faculty plan to use the newly acquired fluorescent microscope in the ever expanding field of medical and biotextiles.

Projects funded in 2017

  • A profilometer for Characterization of film topology
    • Abay Dinku, College of Sciences; Co-PIs: Harald Ade, Daniel Dougherty, Kenan Gundogdu, Divine Kumah & Dali Sun, College of Sciences; Brendan O’Connor, College of Engineering
  • A novel confocal rheometer for uncovering accurate, real-time structure-property relationships in soft and biological materials
    • Lilian Hsiao, College of Engineering
  • Acquisition of a carbon coating system for high-resolution electron
    • Yang Liu, College of Engineering; Co-PIs: James LeBeau & Elizabeth Dickey, College of Engineering
  • Acquiring a nanodrop spectrophotometer that is critical for quantitative nucleic acid analysis
    • John Meitzen, College of Sciences; Co-PIs: Benjamin Reading, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Russell Borski & Heather Patisaul, College of Sciences
  • Physiological cell culture workstation
    • Giuseppe Valacchi, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Acquisition of an FPLC for purification of biological macromolecules
    • Gavin Williams, College of Sciences