The Office of Research Development coordinates funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. These funding opportunities support faculty’s foundational research, creative practice, publication expenditures, and offset travel costs related to visiting extramural sponsors.

As of Fall 2018, the OVCR has restructured the URC Small Grants program offered in prior years. The current internal funding opportunities are listed below.


The UNC Idea Grant is a pilot funding program that encourages researchers to develop novel ideas that address important problems or roadblocks to a current line of inquiry. This competition is open to any field of research and/or scholarship conducted by UNC-CH researchers. Proposers must demonstrate how their proposed research project will have impact by addressing an important problem in their research field. The goal of this program is to provide initial support to projects so that researchers will be more competitive for additional external or large-scale internal funding. This funding program will not serve as bridge funding or to supplement existing funding.

This program is part of the Vice Chancellor for Research’s university-wide pilot funding portfolio, with the goal of furthering the University’s pre-eminence as a national and world-renowned leader in foundational research, creative practice, and the translation of research into social settings.

Idea Grants will range between $10,000 – $ 20,000 for up to 1 year. The deadline for this year is 5:00 pm on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Complete application details, including eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and allowable costs may be found here.

Please use this required template for the cover page of your application.

Creativity Hubs are evolving virtual research networks that concentrate talent and resources on bold ideas for defined periods of time. Launched by the Vice Chancellor for Research in Fall 2017, Creativity Hubs Creativity Hubs will create an environment where investigators can leverage advances to keep Carolina at the forefront of creativity and innovation.

Details about the 2018–19 Creativity Hubs competition have been announced here.

Arts & Humanities Research Grants

promote research in scholarly, creative, and artistic pursuits in the fine arts and humanities. The program aligns with the Chancellor’s Blue Print for Next strategic framework and the Vice Chancellor for Research’s university-wide pilot funding portfolio, advancing the University’s pre-eminence as a national and world-renowned leader in foundational research, creative practice, and the translation of research into social settings.

The program is co-funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Grants provide support to either individuals or teams pursuing scholarly, creative, and artistic research projects. Recipients are encouraged to position these awards as a stepping-stone toward extramural support.

The Arts & Humanities Research Grant awards range from $2,500 up to $7,500 for a one-year project. The inaugural competition closed on October 8, 2018 and applications are currently under review.

Complete application details, including eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and allowable costs may be found here.

ORD Publication Grants 

help pay the costs of publishing scientific, scholarly or artistic work (no textbooks). They can be used to pay for such things as photographs, drawings, figures or tables, permission to reprint or subvention charges.

The maximum Publication Grant level is $5,000 for a one year project. The Fall 2018 application cycle closed on October 22, 2018 deadline and applications are currently under review.

Complete application details, including eligibility requirements, submission instructions, and allowable costs may be found here.