Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Call for Applications: Mark L. Sosower Fund to Support Faculty Research Travel

Call for Applications
Mark L. Sosower Fund
to support faculty research travel

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences invites applications for support for research travel as called for in the terms of the Mark L. Sosower Fund. The purpose of the fund is:

To provide support for faculty travel for research. Awards will be available to all CHASS faculty. Awards will be made by a committee, to be chaired by the head of the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures

A review committee has been formed, consisting of Dr. Ruth Gross, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and chair of this committee, Drs. Martha Crowley (Sociology and Anthropology), Akram Khater (History, Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies), and Shevaun Neupert (Psychology). Dr. Tom Birkland, Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, will staff the committee, but is not a member.

The committee seeks applications for support for research and scholarly travel. This call for applications is not for conference travel. Rather, the fund was intended to assist faculty in funding travel for doing research and scholarship, including but not limited to fieldwork, visits to libraries and archives, and similar research-related travel expenses. We will consider funding to work with collaborators, although such proposals will need to be well justified. We will not fund visits to research funders under this call—the college will soon inaugurate a separate program for this.

Priority will be given to projects that show high scholarly promise, and for which travel is a necessary element of the research or scholarship. Such funds will not be granted to faculty with existing external or internal funding. Scholars who have applied for this year’s round of SRA’s are eligible to apply, and may be funded through one program or the other, but not both.

How to apply:

Grant opportunities from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Colleagues, this comes to us from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Please let me know if you are interested in pursuing these opportunities. 

Dear Colleagues:

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges are available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Writing a Research Grant Application: Tips for Success (WEBINAR)

Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015
Time: 10:30am -12:00pm EST (45 min presentation, 45 min Q&A)
This webinar will be presented by Dr. Marie Davidian (William Neal Reynolds Professor, Department of Statistics, NC State University), and hosted by the Proposal Development Unit. Writing grant applications for external funding is a key expectation for faculty at all levels. Success in securing grant awards provides critical resources to support one’s research and is a form of peer recognition. This webinar will review general strategies for writing a high-quality, successful grant application.

To register for the webinar, click on the Registration Link provided above (registration is required).  After you register, a WebEx link to the webinar will be provided a few days before the event.

If you have questions, please contact Patrick Crowley in the Proposal Development Unit at (919) 515-7585 or by e-mail at

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Chancellor's Innovation Fund - preproposals due November 4th

Dear Colleagues,
The Office of Technology Transfer is now accepting pre-proposal submissions for the next funding cycle of the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Established by Chancellor Randy Woodson, this fund serves as a resource to assist NCSU innovators with reduction to practice or technology/product development needed to strengthen the commercial potential of intellectual property disclosed to OTT.
CIF awards of up to $75,000 are designed to support short-term (one year or less) commercially-focused research projects. Proposed CIF projects ideally incorporate study endpoints designed to directly address license-enabling milestones required by potential licensees.  Anticipated outcomes include new licensing opportunities or the launch of a new university startup company.
The submission deadline for preproposals is November 4th.   Please note that all preproposal submissions must be associated with an invention disclosure on file with OTT.  For additional details related to eligibility, proposal process, criteria, and submission, please visit our CIF homepage
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Please forward this solicitation as we would like a wide range of applicants from across NCSU's vibrant innovation landscape.

Kelly B. Sexton, Ph.D.
Office of Technology Transfer
North Carolina State University
(919) 515-7199 (phone)
(919) 515-3773 (fax)

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Research and Innovation Seed Funding: Deadline October 2, 2015

ORIED is accepting proposals for the Fall 2015 cycle for RISF until October 2, 2014 [I think they mean 2015].  For details please go to or

Applications are accepted through CompetitionSpace at (log in with unity ID is required to apply).

For questions, please contact Bonnie Aldridge at

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Scholarship and Research Award (SRA) RFP for 2015-16

Humanities and Social Sciences
 Scholarship and Research Award (SRA)
Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Announcement, Proposal Guidelines, and Procedures
Key Dates:
Proposal Deadline: September 23, 2015. 9:00 PM
Research Committee Review: September 23, 2015 to October 5, 2016
Awards Announced: No later than October 12, 2015
Spending on awards completed by: May 31, 2016
Maximum Budget:  $4000

The Humanities and Social Sciences Research Office is pleased to announce the call and guidelines for the CHASS Scholarship and Research Awards (SRAs). These awards are intended to assist faculty in their scholarly pursuits. Applications are due electronically (in PDF format) to the Research Office by 9:00 PM, Wednesday, September 23, 2015. The SRA cover page and CV page must be included (see Please email your complete application to  and to Tom Birkland ( Awards will be announced in mid-October.

Please note: This will be the final year in which the SRA program is offered. Starting in Spring 2016, the College will be making these awards as part of the Faculty Research and Professional Development (FRPD) program. This change will enable faculty to use funds across an entire fiscal year. Details will become available in the Spring.