The UNC Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) for FY 22 is closed.  Updates for the next cycle will be posted in late 2021.

Information from the recent cycle is posted below for review.

Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI)

The ROI provides targeted funding for innovative and potentially game-changing research projects. Funded by a recurring annual appropriation from the North Carolina General Assembly, the ROI represents a significant financial investment in the UNC system’s strategic goals. Priority research areas eligible for ROI funding include advanced manufacturing; marine and coastal science; defense, military, and security; pharmacoengineering; energy; and data science.  The UNC System ROI accepts proposals from any institution in the UNC System, and invites submissions that propose a large‐scale initiative involving multiple strategies designed to deliberately support and increase the research footprint in one of the eligible areas. The initiative should have broad impact and involve multiple researchers and collaborators.

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Submitting a Proposal

This is a limited submission program. NC State is limited to submitting one proposal (as the lead institution) for the FY2022 ROI program. The Vice Chancellor’s office has been charged with the responsibility of selecting the proposal that will be submitted to the UNC System. NC State’s proposal will be selected following an internal competition that will be managed by The Office of Research and Innovation (ORI). The final proposal will be submitted by the Vice Chancellor or his designee. Only pre-proposals submitted to ORI via InfoReady Review will be prioritized and considered for submission to the UNC System. Proposals submitted directly to the UNC System will be rejected.

Important dates

  • November 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm:  Pre-proposals deadline.
  • March 1, 2021:  NC State’s proposal will be submitted to the UNC System by the Vice Chancellor or his designee.

Guidelines for submitting an internal pre-proposal

Internal pre-proposals must be submitted to ORI through InfoReady Review using the internal pre-proposal template.

Pre-­proposals may be reviewed by colleagues both inside and outside of the specific discipline(s); therefore, pre-­proposals should use language that can be understood by those lacking expertise in the specific research area(s).  


Inquiries

Questions about NC State internal pre-proposals may be directed to:

Jonathan M. Horowitz, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Infrastructure
Office of Research and Innovation
NC State University
1021 Main Campus Drive, 2nd Floor
Campus Box 7018
Raleigh, NC 27695-7018
919.515.4479 (Office)
jon_horowitz@ncsu.edu

Emily Callihan, M.A.
Research Planning Manager
Office of Research and Innovation
NC State University
1021 Main Campus Drive, 2nd Floor
Campus Box 7018
Raleigh, NC 27695-7018
919.513.3955 (Office)
ebcallih@ncsu.edu

Questions about the program in general may be directed to:

David English
Vice President for Academic Programs, Faculty, and Research
University of North Carolina System
djenglish@northcarolina.edu
(919) 962-2620

Rondall Rice
Executive Director for Operations and Administration
University of North Carolina System
rrrice@northcarolina.edu
(828) 232-5167