NC State’s Office of 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 Cycle Open

The Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) program is open and is now accepting proposals from NC State faculty and EHRA professionals.

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

Full 2020 RISF RFP

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