Internal Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities are available through the Office of Research, Economic Development and Engagement.

Startup Program

The Startup Program at ECU is designed to support new faculty in launching their research program. REDE takes the lead for evaluation, administration, and assessment of startup requests and awards. The goal of this program is to develop cohorts of researcher who work collaboratively with external sponsors to address critical challenges across academic disciplines and make an impact on the communities we serve.

Startup Forms

Limited Submissions with Internal Deadlines

Brain Research Foundation 2024 Seed Grant

  • Internal competition for LOI submission (no eTRACS for LOI) due September 27, 2023: Submission form (Smartsheet)
  • Internal reviews completed by early December
  • LOI is due to sponsor on March 7, 2024

UNC Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI) Program

  • Internal competitions submissions due November 20, 2023: Submission form (Smartsheet)
  • Internal reviews completed before the holiday break
  • Proposals due to sponsor on March 11, 2024 (eTRACS deadlines should be adhered to)

Internal Funding

REDE Trendsetter Awards

Over the past two years the office of Research, Economic Development and Engagement asked units to make decisions on who would be recognized as “outstanding scholars” at the annual Research and Scholarship Award Ceremony. While there has been some support for that approach, feedback from several colleges suggests there is an interest in a refined approach. To that end, REDE developed a new award, the Trendsetter Award, to identify noteworthy scholars in three categories, with the goal of recognizing emerging, mid-career, and exemplary faculty. All faculty, regardless of tenure status, department, school and/or college and field of study are welcome to submit their nomination, consisting of a current CV and Chair letter.

The 2023 Trendsetter Award application period has now closed.

The list of 2023 Trendsetter Award winners can be found here.

Each year, recipients will be announced at the annual Research & Scholarship Awards Ceremony.

Sponsored Activities and Research Catalyst (SPARC) Program

REDE has launched the Sponsored Activities and Research Catalyst Program (SPARC) to support scholarly activities that lead to submission of competitive extramural proposals. This program will provide seed funding for projects to build the capacity to enhance and support proposal development and submission. SPARC participants will be encouraged to participate in a variety of curated professional development experiences. A SPARC writing accountability group will be facilitated by the Office of Research Development.

The program will provide up to $10,000 per project. Up to ten projects may be selected for SPARC during FY24. The funds can be used for scholarly activities including supplies, travel, participant incentives, student assistantships or other expenditures required to support the project. The budget may include up to a total of $4,000 for reassigned time and/or summer salary for up to two faculty included on each project team.

  • Smartsheet application link (coming soon)
  • Evaluated on the rubric by a panel of grant-experienced faculty from across the campus
Faculty Support and Reassignment Awards for Research and Creative Activity

Sponsored and administered by REDE, in partnership with the Faculty Senate and Creative Activities Committee, this program provides funds to allow faculty dedicated time in the academic year for creative and scholarly activity and to prepare and submit a competitive application for extramural support. Activities may include preparing grants for research, scholarship, creative and artistic activities, fellowships and residencies. Requests for time to work on scholarly endeavors such as a book are allowed, as long as the project can be completed during the semester of the reassignment. Extramural sponsor types may include federal, state or foundation. We encourage applications in the Arts and Humanities and examples of extramural support in these areas include art and music commissions, exhibits and performances, book publishing contracts, museum and library fellowships, artist-in-residence and scholar-in-residence programs.

This support may be accomplished through a course buyout of the faculty member’s teaching and service assignments (one three-credit-hour course) in Spring 2024 (FY24). Alternatively, funds may be used for undergraduate or graduate student support (to conduct research or assist with teaching) to provide the faculty member additional time to work on projects. Funds will be paid directly to the department to hire replacement faculty to cover teaching assignments or for student compensation. Faculty will not receive any direct compensation and summer stipends will not be provided.

Applicants must present a well-defined project that will form the basis of a subsequent proposal to an extramural sponsor. Applicants must specify a specific funding opportunity, sponsor, and submission deadline which must be within a year of award completion.

We encourage all applicants to identify an internal mentor/advisory group (1-3 individuals) to advise the faculty member on development of the project and critique the proposal prior to extramural submission.

The number of awards will be determined by the quality of the proposals, number of requests, and FY2024 budget, however $50,000 (up to 10 awards) will be designated for the program.

Past reassignment award winners include faculty members for the fields of biology, chemistry, English, foreign languages and literatures, kinesiology and philosophy.

External Funding

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.

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