The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) and the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science (KIETS) established the Strategic Research Initiative in 2010, which is now entitled Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF). The primary goal of the RISF program 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. Encouraged are 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. Proposed projects should be high risk/high gain and initiate new areas of research or enhance existing areas at NC State.

RISF 2020 Cycle

The RISF program is typically open in the spring semester; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a fall cycle has been implemented to allow greater participation from the NC State research community. Similar to the recent spring cycle, submission requirements for the fall cycle have been condensed.  The RFP and submission templates are available, below.

Key Dates


RISF Reporting Schedule

All RISF awardees are required to report the results of their research as described in the reporting schedule (login required).


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