Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Winning Grants at NC State: Learn about funding opportunities

I received this note yesterday from Randy Avent, announcing a series of events designed to help with successful grant writing and management. I encourage anyone with an interest in seeking external support to consider attending some or all of these events. 


Colleagues -

Last year, Academic Research Funding Strategies LLC conducted a seven-session class for our junior faculty focused on grantsmanship skills.  Although many commented positively on the class, the class size was limited to 20 faculty and it therefore had little overall impact at helping our faculty at large learn more about winning grants.

This year, we've decided to do the program differently and have split it into four parts.  The first part is a tutorial on how to work within NC State, the second part is a series of four panel (NSF, NIH, DOE and DoD) discussions.  Both events are open to everyone (graduate students, postdocs, research scientist, faculty members, …) and there are no restrictions on the numbers.  Additionally, we will have a two-day tutorial on grantsmanships skills tailored for up to 60 junior faculty, and for anyone that comes to that, the PDU will read and comment on one proposal they prepare.

We will hold the tutorial for working within NC State this Friday, January 31rst at 9:00-10:30 in the College of Textiles building on Centennial Campus, room 2431.  We will also offer this lecture on February 21rst in the DH Hill Faculty Senate Chambers on Main Campus, again from 9:00-10:30.   Registration is suggested, but not necessary to attend, and the event is open to anyone that wants to learn more about conducting research at NC State. 

Below are some of the topics we'll discuss in this tutorial:

FInding resources (Collaborators, Equipment, Expertise, …)
Finding Funding Sources (Internal, Federal, Notifications, Limited Submissions, Industry)
Developing a Proposal (Classes, Budgeting, F&A, Matching Funds, Faculty Toolbox)
Submission (College Research Offices, PINS) 

Schedule of Events:
Friday, January 31rst, College of Textiles, room 2431.  9:00-11:00  "Writing and Submitting Proposals at NC State"
Friday, February 21rst, DH Hill Faculty Senate Chambers,  9:00-11:00 "Writing and Submitting Proposals at NC State"
Friday, March 7th, DH Hill Faculty Senate Chambers, 9:00-12:00 - NIH Panel Discussions
Friday, March 21rst, College of Textiles, room 2431, 9:00-12:00 - DOD Panel Discussions
Friday, March 28th, DH Hill Faculty Senate Chambers, 9:00-12:00 -  DOE Panel Discussions
Friday, April 4th, College of Textiles, room 2431, 9:00-12:00 - NSF Panel Discussions
Thursday/Friday, April 24th & 25th, DH Hill Faculty Senate Chambers, 9:00-12:00 Proposal Development Session

Randy K. Avent
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Research Development Office
Professor,  Computer Science
North Carolina State University

(919) 513-2457 (w)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NC Attorney General grant program to fight fraud, improve health care in NC

NC non-profits eligible for $4.5 million in grants
Funds from wrongdoers will go to fight fraud, improve health care in NC

Raleigh: Projects to protect North Carolina consumers, improve health care, and fight fraud against seniors, military personnel and veterans are now eligible for up to $4.5 million in grants, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Thursday.

“When scams and shady businesses target North Carolinians, our goal is to stop the harm and try to win money back for consumers whenever possible,” Cooper said.  “We’ve also won money from wrongdoers that can help worthy projects in North Carolina through these grants.”

Non-profits, educational and health care institutions, and public agencies can apply grants for projects in North Carolina at  Applications for the first round of grants are due by February 17, with initial funds set to be awarded by May 15. 

Monday, January 13, 2014


The NC State University Alumni Association recognizes the importance of NC State faculty research achievements. The Alumni Association will support three research awards ($4,000 each) to be announced each year at the spring commencement.
No more than two nominations may be submitted from any one college.  The university deadline has not yet been set for 2014.  However, based on prior years’ timelines, the College Research Office must receive all pertinent materials no later than February 7, 2014 to allow time for review and evaluation.
Please submit materials required (letter of nomination, complete vita, five letters of reference, and copies of selected publications relevant to the nomination), electronically (in Word or pdf). The college will distribute these to the CHASS Review Committee, made up of past winners, and the University Selection Committee.

Please see: for complete details.

Submit nomination materials to me directly at or drop off your application materials in the Research Office, Withers 332.

REMINDER: MONDAY, JANUARY 17: Outstanding Extension Service Awards Nominations


These awards are given to encourage and recognize outstanding extension, engagement, and economic development activities by faculty and EPA employees of NC State University. They are directly parallel in intent to the University's Outstanding Teaching Awards; and, therefore, are not intended to recognize personal activities unrelated to the individual's work area or University sponsored programs; i.e., civic, church and charitable work.
Please see: for the nomination details.  University deadlines have not been set yet for 2014, but in keeping with last year’s calendar, college nominations should be received no later than January 17, 2014.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Junior Faculty Development Award (JFDA) Announcement and Call For Proposals

CHASS Junior Faculty Development Award (JFDA) Announcement and Call For Proposals
Due date for submission: February 15, 2014
The CHASS research office is pleased to announce that it will fund up to three Junior Faculty Development Awards, to support tenure-track faculty in their scholarly endeavors. This the second and last year of this program in its current form, although, if alternative sources of funding are found for this program, it may continue in future years.
Any junior faculty member (that is, untenured but on the tenure track) in any discipline in CHASS may apply. Faculty who will apply for promotion and tenure in AY 2014-2015, or whose promotion to tenure will take effect any time between January 2014 and January 2015 are not eligible for this award. Faculty who have been funded under the SRA or the JFDA programs during the last two cycles are not eligible for this funding.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Publish your disciplinary work in the Public Administration Review

Colleagues, I received this very interesting brief note in my role as a member of the American Society for Public Administration. I imagine this will be of greatest interest to social scientists, but if you have some research that would be relevant to this outlet and their "Public Administration and the Disciplines" section of Public Administration Review, please do consider submitting your work. Your work may gain attention from government officials and others interested in putting your ideas into practice!

Public Administration Review (PAR) is seeking articles from scholars outside of public administration on topics of importance to Public Administration.  This feature of PAR, called “Public Administration and the Disciplines” acknowledges the partnership that exists between PA and other disciplines, and seeks to facilitate strong intellectual exchanges across field boundaries, in both directions, that will advance the theory and practice of public administration.  Writers of  “PA and the Disciplines” essays usually will emphasize developments in their fields that might contribute to advancing knowledge about public administration and, conversely, how current scholarship in public administration might advance knowledge in other fields. Articles are expected to reflect cutting-edge developments, show why these developments are important for PA, and also show why public administration scholars’ attention to a wide variety of theories may improve research validity. Proposals and submissions should be sent to Public Administration and the Disciplines Editor Rosemary O’Leary, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor (