The Office of Research Development coordinates funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. These funding opportunities have included grants to support junior faculty with research and publication, to offset travel costs incurred by faculty and principal investigators when visiting sponsoring agencies, and to facilitate innovative, cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

Full-time members of the research faculty are eligible to apply for support. Other full-time staff routinely engaged as principal investigators on scholarly or scientific research, such as librarians or curators, are also eligible.

Small grants may be made to cover supplementary expenses involved in adding sponsor visits to travel already scheduled for other purposes. The program also supports travel to negotiate awards, if such negotiation is required by the sponsor before an award can be made.

The maximum travel grant is $400.00.

Learn more about ORD Travel Grants.

The University Research Council has provided small grants for junior faculty and less well-funded investigators. The URC Grants program has included research grants and publication grants. Research grants have supported the scientific, scholarly, or artistic efforts of junior faculty. Publication grants have helped pay costs for publishing scientific, scholarly or artistic work (no textbooks).

The URC grants program is under programmatic review, as of August 2017. The Office of Research Development is working with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to develop new internal grant guidelines for supporting junior faculty research. No applications for URC grants will be accepted while the program is under review. More information will be forthcoming.

See a list of the Spring 2017 URC Grant Winners.

The Fostering Interdisciplinary Research Explorations (FIRE) Grants program was an internal grants program funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities from 2015-2017. FIRE Grants supported interdisciplinary innovation beyond conventional partnerships, integrating the strengths of varying perspectives and methodologies, and fostering a collaborative and creative research infrastructure at UNC.

See a list of all FIRE Grants winners.