Due to the unprecedented situation we as a research community continue to experience in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of changes have been implemented to the 2020 RISF cycle:
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.
- Fall proposal deadline: Thursday, October 22, 2020
- Fall funding decisions announced: December 2020
- Fall cycle award period: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021
- Fall cycle report deadlines: January 31, 2022; January 31, 2023
- Fall 2020 RISF Request for Proposals (PDF)
- Fall 2020 Cover Page Template
- Fall 2020 Proposal Template
- Past Awards (Unity login required)
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 email@example.com.