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 (corporation and foundation) sources. However, a significant need exists to augment these sources with internal funds to fill existing gaps to advance scholarship/research activities at NC State. The NC State Non-laboratory Scholarship/Research Support Program (NSRP) is a collaborative program between the Office of Research and Innovation and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost to address this gap in funding.

The NSRP is a program designed to support scholarship/research needs in disciplines not driven by instrument-dependent and lab-based research. Such disciplines may include but are not limited to social sciences, humanities, education, design, management, and libraries. These fields require other types of resources or infrastructure such as database access, survey instruments and panels, measurement tools, and travel to field sites and archives. In an effort to strengthen infrastructure and the overall research and scholarship enterprise, priority will be given in the NSRP program to proposals that support multiple NC State scholars and/or multiple projects at the university.

A total $100,000 has been set aside for this program with $50,000 from the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) and $50,000 from the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. Budget requests may be up to $20,000, but smaller amounts are encouraged.

The program is designed to support scholarly/research efforts of both single investigators and multi-investigator teams. This program is not intended to provide support for a single project. Instead, these funds are intended to facilitate the acquisition or creation of resources having the potential to support multiple scholarly/research efforts and thus multiple NC State scholars/researchers across several projects. Acquired or created resources should be shared with the NC State community, once the initial project has been concluded, in order to maximize their potential impact.

2020 Cycle

The 2020 cycle of the NSRP program is closed; however, please review the most recent RFP to begin planning for the 2021 cycle.

Full 2020 NSRP RFP

2020 Dates



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

Previous Winners

Proposals awarded in 2019

The Office of Research and Innovation received thirteen applications in response to the 2019 call for proposals.  The following  seven projects were selected for funding:

  • Successful aging: Examining senior sport based on physical activity, psychosocial benefits, and injury prevalence
    • Jonathan Casper, College of Natural Resources
    • Funding will provide the NC State PRTM Health & Well-Being Research Initiative with the equipment and capability to expand their internationally recognized research program by investigating the efficacy of sport for older adults. NSRP funds will help in developing a protocol to measure physical activity, as well as development and validation of psychosocial and injury prevalence measures.
  • Military health and well-being project
    • Sarah Desmarais, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • This project will explore the health and well-being of military service members and veterans in the United States. The overall goal of this project is to create a large, nationally representative database that will afford the opportunity to: a) establish a baseline understanding of health and well-being; b) identify potential mechanisms and targets for promoting help-seeking behaviors; and c) define future research priorities.
  • Trauma informed practice support in schools and communities: Collaboration between education and social work
    • Qiana Cryer-Coupet, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • The Trauma Informed Practice Support (TIPS) project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty in the Department of Social Work and the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences. Recent scholarship in both disciplines suggest, new graduates do not feel prepared to engage and address issues related to family trauma. Additionally, little is known about personal experiences of family trauma and how they affect social workers and teachers’ ability to support families. This funding will allow the team to create a national database (n = 800) to study the family-level trauma experiences of teachers and social workers. It will also allow us to examine their professional preparation and perceived needs for trauma-informed professional support.
  • Purchasing U.S. equity data to help develop modern financial econometrics and statistics methods
    • Denis Pelletier, Poole College of Management
    • Recent developments in financial econometrics and statistical analysis are based on ultra-high frequency observations where all transactions of assets are employed. Increases in algorithmic trading has altered the behavior of financial markets. To facilitate this type of research, this grant will allow the project team to update a database of U.S. equity transaction data.
  • Archive of agricultural gentic engineering society
    • Matthew Booker, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • NC State’s Genetic Engineering and Society Center is creating an oral history archive of the technological development and societal context of the early years of agricultural biotechnology. The Archive of Agricultural Genetic Engineering and Society (AAGES) will interview genetic engineers, stakeholders, and scholars from the founding generation of agricultural biotechnology to develop an online video and transcript archive at the NC State libraries for education, engagement, and research.
  • Visualizing community college data for research-driven practice
    • Melissa Whatley, College of Education
    • The Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research produces research needed to help solve critical problems of practice facing community colleges today, with a specific focus on community colleges in North Carolina. Data analysis and visualization related to key areas surrounding community college student success including economic mobility, regional economic and educational capacities, and institutional climate will be explored.
  • Discovering key factors affecting agricultural production risk through big-data nonparametric statistics
    • Li Zheng, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Proposals awarded in 2018

The Office of Research and Innovation received twelve applications in response to the 2018 call for proposals. The following eight projects were selected for funding:

  • An Eye on the Street: Enhancing Urban Analysis, Historical Inquiry and Narrative Storytelling through Street-level Photography, Computer Vision and Machine Learning
    • Todd Berreth, College of Design; Co-PIs: Frederico Freitas, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Arnav Jhala, Tianfu Wu, College of Engineering
    • This funding will be used to purchase a high-quality 360 VR 3D camera, car-mounting rig and GPU machine-learning workstation. The equipment will help advance numerous multidisciplinary Visual Narrative Cluster research projects, related to the use of panoptic street-level photography, machine-learning and computer vision, for urban historical analysis, and urban planning, architectural design and historic preservation practice. The camera will also be used to support project-based courses, in the humanities and design communities, related to VR video storytelling.
  • Visualizing Cultural Landmarks: An Interactive 3D Map of China’s West Lake
    • Xiaolin Duan, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Co-PI: Noboru Matsuda, College of Engineering
    • This funding will purchase augmented reality glasses to create an interactive 3D map of West Lake (in Hangzhou, China), which will reconstruct the historical space and cultural sites near, on, and below the lake with virtual reality. West Lake has been one of the most important cultural landmarks since the eleventh century and to date,still remains one of the most visited scenic sites in the country. We propose that such interactive 3D map using tangible computing and augmented reality technologies will facilitate the elaboration on the interplay between the human activities and the natural worlds, and the ways that this cultural landmark became a subjective and socially constructed site.
  • Uncovering complex ecosystems on university campuses with new educational Methods
    • Terry Gates, College of Sciences; Co-PIs: Jane Lubisher, Jason Painter, College of Sciences; Heather Vance-Chalcraft, East Carolina University
    • This project will develop new teaching tools to put NCSU students in charge of uncovering the complex ecosystems that reside inside our university campus. Data collected from the microscopic realm to giant trees will provide students the chance to learn science the way that it truly conducted while viewing their campus in brand new ways, ecologists the chance to understand how human-made ecosystems differ from those in unaltered areas, and designers and landscape architects the chance to see the impact of stylizing plant communities on their constituent ecosystems.
  • Knowledge, decisions, and impact: An interdisciplinary social epigenetic study of toxins among low- to moderate-income families
    • Jodi Hall, College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Co PIs: Cathrine Hoyo, College of Sciences; Mary Haskett, Amy Halberstadt, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • This interdisciplinary effort explores the devastating impact of toxins and pollutants on development, health, and parenting among low to moderate income families. The researchers will enroll participants currently involved in an ongoing NC State study of Social Epigenomics and Minority Health Disparities. The goal of the study is to understand how families make decisions related to toxins, what kind of information is available for these decisions, and how these decisions impact their overall well-being. The data collected will support programs that seek to decrease health disparities as well as those that seek to reduce exposure to toxins.
  • Exchange Rate Predictability
    • Ayse Kabukcuoglu-Dur, Poole College of Management
    • This funding will purchase a Consensus Economics dataset of exchange rate and G7 forecasts. These data will be used to explore the research questions Does global credit growth help forecast exchange rates? and Do professional forecasts or economic models with credit predict exchange rates better? and can be used to explore other questions in these areas.
  • Vowel quality repository
    • Jeff Mielke, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • This project will assemble a database of vowels, consisting of audio recordings and articulatory data including ultrasound video of tongue movements. The database will include existing recordings from Kalasha, an endangered language spoken in Pakistan, and the project involves new data collection from Bora, an endangered language spoken in Peru.
  • Accelerating Computational Science and Engineering Research through GPUs
    • Melissa Pasquinelli, College of Textiles; Co-PIs: Andrew Petersen, Office of Information Technology; Casey Dietrich, College of Engineering; Denis Fourches, College of Sciences; Josh Gray, College of Natural Resources; Ranga Raju Vatsavai, Yaroslava Yingling, College of Engineering; Mengment Zhu, College of Textiles
    • Traditionally, modeling and simulations use central processing units (CPUs) for high performance computing, which means that multiple CPU cores are used in parallel, often from multiple computers. However, for many modeling and simulation applications, speed-ups have been realized by factors of 6 or more through use of graphical processing units (GPUs). This means that not only can these calculations be done faster, but also that the increased speed/performance enables larger systems to be modeled and simulated with GPU acceleration in less time than with CPU-only resources, and can also lead to improved statistical power of the results. Thus, this resource will empower over 30 research groups (representing most of the colleges at NC State) to remain competitive in their disciplines.
  • Helping FACES: Developing an Autism Resource Repository for Families and Professionals
    • Jamie Pearson, College of Education; Co PI: Natalie Murr, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    • Helping FACES is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences and the Department of Psychology’s Psychoeducational Clinic to meet the needs of historically underrepresented families of children with autism across the state of North Carolina. As an extension of our existing FACES program, Helping FACES will include: (a) psychological assessments for children who are at risk for autism, (b) the development of an online autism resource repository to help families navigate access to services, and (c) ongoing Meeting FACES Workshops to spread autism awareness in underserved communities and conduct family needs assessments.

Proposals awarded in 2017

The Office of Research and Innovation received 26 applications in response to the 2017 call for proposals. The following nine proposals were selected for funding:

  • Customized Service with SciStarter.com to Pioneer a Citizen Science Campus
    • Caren Cooper, College of Natural Resources
  • Test Drive of the Crimson Hexagon Social Media Analytics Platform
    • Jean Goodwin, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Co-PIs: Christopher Healey, College of Engineering; Nicole Lee, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The Black Families Project: Dyadic Adolescent-Caregiver Well-being Survey
    • Elan Hope, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Co-PI: Qiana R. Cryer-Coupet, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Leveraging Geospatial Climate Data to Solve Environmental and Agricultural Problems in North Carolina
    • Anders Huseth, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Co-PI: Natalie Nelson, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Seeking Harmony: An Exploration of the Role of Gender in the School-Work-Life Experiences of Graduate Students across Academic Fields
    • Audrey Jaeger, College of Education; Co-PI: Katalin Szelényi, UMASS Boston
  • Analysis of Pottery from Petra in Jordan
    • S. Thomas Parker, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • FACES at State: Fostering Advocacy, Communication, Empowerment, and Supports for African American Families of Children with Autism
    • Jamie Pearson, College of Education; Co-PI: Natalie Murr, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Examination of the Retail Subscription Services Model: An Impact, Motivation, and Consumer Profile Assessment
    • Lori Rothenburg, College of Textiles; Co-PIs: Delisia Matthews, College of Textiles; Qiana R. Cryer-Coupet, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Stefanie Robinson, Poole College of Management
  • Bringing the Advanced Research Consortium (ARC) to NC State
    • Timothy Stinson, College of Humanities and Social Sciences