Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities are available through REDE.


Faculty Reassignment Awards
Sponsored and administered by the Division of Research, Economic Development and Engagement, in partnership with the Academic Affairs and Health Sciences Divisions, faculty reassignment awards provide funds to departments to reassign faculty effort during the academic year, providing dedicated time to apply for extramural funding in support of research and creative activities. Faculty members in either 9 month or 12 month appointments are eligible to apply in order to “buy out” teaching and service assignments, increasing the time available to prepare and submit an application for extramural funding. The applicant must present a well-defined project and supporting evidence that will form the basis of a proposal for extramural funding. A specific funding opportunity, sponsor, and deadline for proposal submission must be identified.

Submissions for the 2018-19 academic year are currently closed.

Interdisciplinary Research Awards
Interdisciplinary Research Awards are seed grants to support interdisciplinary research projects leading to competitive applications for extramural funding. The purpose of this program is to promote collaborations between faculty members with complementary expertise, build strong investigative teams, and increase competitiveness for extramural funding from diverse sources. Proposals must incorporate significant roles for at least two faculty members (tenured or tenure track) from different departments, a well-defined research plan and a clearly articulated plan for obtaining extramural funding to sustain the research following the award period.

Projects that align with ECU priorities, bring together faculty members with diverse expertise to better understand significant problems facing the region and society, and exhibit potential for translation of the research findings into discrete interventions will be given preference. Projects that link faculty from Academic Affairs and Health Sciences are also a priority.

Startup Program

Sponsored and administered by the Division of REDE, in partnership with the Academic Affairs and Health Sciences Divisions, startup program funds are distributed to assist new faculty in developing a self-sustaining research program upon arrival at ECU.

A request for startup funds is made by the requester’s department or college, through the associate dean for research, to the vice chancellor for REDE when the intended recipient is being recruited to ECU. The application is comprised of the candidate’s CV, a detailed research plan including funding opportunities, a career development and mentoring plan in the form of a letter from the chair or VCR, budget justification and budget on budget template. Awards are typically for three years with an annual funding level consistent with the level of annual extramural funding required to sustain an active research and creative activity program in the recipient’s discipline.

Award recipients will develop active programs leading to scholarly activity and submission of high quality proposals that are competitive for extramural funding at a level sufficient to sustain the recipient’s research and creative activities for the duration of their tenure at ECU.

Startup Forms


SPIN, which stands for Sponsored Programs Information Network, is an extensive research funding opportunity database. SPIN contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 sponsors. It’s available through the library’s database list and linked on the Office of Sponsored Programs website.

Department of Defense (Updated July 13, 2018)
REDE provides frequent updates for Department of Defense funding opportunities.

Limited Submissions

Limited submission funding opportunities are available here.