Research and Innovation 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.

2020 Cycles

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the RISF program has been divided into two calls, one which occurred in the spring and another which will occur in the fall.  The spring cycle has recently closed; however, the fall cycle is anticipated to be announced in July 2020.  You may view the recent RFP and submission templates to get a sense of what will be required for the fall call.

2020 RISF RFP*

*note that submission requirements for the 2020 cycle have been relaxed in response to COVID-19.  Please use the updated templates (Spring 2020 Cover Page Template and Spring 2020 Proposal Template) for submission to this cycle via InfoReady.  These templates are included in the “Documents” section, 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.