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Use these resources to locate research funding opportunities. Not sure where to start? Explore the funding guide or contact our office for support.  

NC State Services

Visit the Research Development Office’s funding page to learn how the RDO can support your research. Particularly valuable resources at that site include the InfoEd SPIN database of funding opportunities and the Research Development and Grant Writing News. This newsletter is immensely helpful to anyone interested in funding, and it nearly always includes special coverage of research funding opportunities in the humanities and social sciences.

External Funding Agencies

If you are interested in applying for funding with any of these agencies, feel free to contact Tom Birkland to get the latest insights on trends at these agencies. 

Internal Funding Programs

Listed below is information and links to the university’s internal funding opportunity programs that support faculty and staff in their research and professional development activities.

Faculty Research and Professional Development Fund (FRPD)

The Faculty Research and Professional Development (FRPD) program is a funding partnership between the Office of Research and Innovation and the 10 academic colleges. 

Funding is available on a competitive basis. Prospective applicants in our college are encouraged to apply when there is a current RFP. Contact the research office at if you have questions about this program.

The deadline for FY 2022-23 will be announced later in the academic year, but will likely be around April 18, 2022. 

Junior Faculty Development Award (JFDA)

The college will fund up to three Junior Faculty Development Awards (JFDA) for the next five years (starting in 2022). Any junior faculty member (that is untenured but on the tenure track) in any discipline in Humanities and Social Sciences may apply. Faculty who will apply for promotion and tenure during AY 2021-22, or whose promotion to tenure will take effect any time between August 2021 and May 2022, are not eligible for this program. Faculty who have been funded under the FRPD program during the last two cycles are not eligible for this funding. 

Application details may be found here.

Proposal Preparation Program (PPP)

Is your proposal almost ready to submit, but you need to do some work to complete it? Do you need support to resubmit a promising but so-far unfunded proposal?

To facilitate the timely completion of proposals for external funding, the college’s research office may be able to offer up to $3,000 in funding for a range of activities that would help to strengthen a grant or fellowship proposal.

Such activities include:

  • Supporting pilot studies.
  • Travel to archives or other facilities.
  • Funding grad students for data entry for a pilot study
  • Visits to a program officer or other funding official
  • Engaging a consultant to evaluate the proposal, manuscript, data analysis, and the like.

You may apply for support by completing the Proposal Preparation Program Google form for submission to the research office. 

Submission Guidelines

Applications are accepted and evaluated on an on-going basis. The applications will be reviewed by the associate dean for research, who may call upon members of the research committee for advice and input.

Please be sure to submit your PPP application to the research office no later than seven months before your grant proposal deadline. This is a firm deadline.

Other Opportunities