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Grants to North Carolina Researchers at Accredited IHEs for Research Projects


Geographic Focus

USA: North Carolina

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Faculty Research Grant

North Carolina State University (NCSU) - North Carolina Space Grant

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #162140

Grant Description

Grants to North Carolina researchers at accredited IHEs for research projects. The funding source encourages proposals from females and underrepresented groups. Funding is intended to enable researchers to engage in new research, develop new projects, and create new collaborations to align their work with that of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) related Mission Directorates.

The North Carolina Space Grant (NC Space Grant) Faculty Research Grant is designed to provide support for faculty. This award is aimed at both emerging and established researchers.

The goals of the Faculty Research Grant are to incentivize faculty to:

  1. Develop new research directions or projects;
  2. Cultivate collaboration among new partners (e.g., universities and colleges, NASA centers, federal laboratories or research facilities, the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, commercial space and other industry partners, formal and informal education partners, state and local government agencies, etc.); and
  3. Meaningfully engage undergraduate and/or graduate students in their research endeavors.

Recognizing that some faculty and students populations and institutions have historically been underserved and underrepresented within research opportunities and in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, NC Space Grant encourages submissions that encourage and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion (

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements
- This solicitation is open to faculty members of all four-year accredited colleges and universities in the State of North Carolina, public or private.
- Only tenure-track or research faculty at the level of assistant professor or higher are eligible to apply.
- Awardees must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator (PI) at their respective institution.
- PIs who previously received a Faculty Research Grant under the last cycle (2020–2022) are not eligible to apply, since their research direction is no longer new. Prior applicants may be able to apply in future cycles in the case that other requirements are met.
- Faculty members participating in the Faculty Research Grant are not required to be U.S. citizens.
- Any student(s) supported with award funds must be a U.S. citizen(s).
- Submission is limited to one proposal per PI. There can only be one PI per project proposal. Although this grant encourages cross-institutional collaboration, only one PI may be funded (e.g., to travel to another lab or facility to participate in research).

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals should be submitted via online application by 6 p.m. EST on Monday, February 14, 2022. Full proposals will be submitted using an online proposal-management system portal. The portal will automatically close after this time. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your proposal.

Anticipated Award Announcement Date: Monday, May 16, 2022

Non-federal matching funds equal to at least 50 percent of the federal funding request must be provided (i.e., 0.5:1). This cost-match should be demonstrated in the proposed budget.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

NC Space Grant may award up to four (4) Faculty Research Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $40,000 per award (up to $20,000 per year)

Term of Contract:

The Faculty Research Grant will be awarded for a two-year period of performance.

The period of performance is June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2024:
- Year 1: June 1, 2022 – May 31, 2023
- Year 2: June 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024

Contact Information:

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Point of Contact:
Sandy Canfield
Assistant Director

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