Spring 2021 RISF Call Now Open!

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted various research programs at NC State, the Spring 2021 RISF call for proposals solicits compelling, new interdisciplinary research projects that will help sustain programs, laboratories and/or graduate students whose funding may otherwise be in jeopardy due to research disruptions caused by the ongoing pandemic.


About

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 Spring 2021 Cycle

ORI and KIETS leadership recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the research enterprise at NC State.  Researchers continue to encounter project delays, compounded by a lack of funding needed to propel research programs forward.  Given this, the Spring 2021 RISF call for proposals solicits compelling, new interdisciplinary research projects that will help sustain programs, laboratories and/or graduate students whose funding may otherwise be in jeopardy due to research disruptions caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  It is intended that this cycle of the RISF program will prioritize the support of NC State researchers whose programs are in need of a critical funding stimulus to help offset the longer term consequences of the pandemic.

Please note that the program’s fundamental goal of advancing potentially transformative, interdisciplinary research projects with a high likelihood for significant future external support remains. The RFP and required submission templates are available, below.

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RISF Reporting Schedule

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


Questions?

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