The Office of Research Development coordinates funding opportunities sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. These funding opportunities support junior faculty with research and publication expenditures, and help faculty and principal investigators offset travel costs for visiting sponsoring agencies. Past opportunities facilitated innovative, cross-disciplinary research collaborations.

The University Research Council provides small grants for junior faculty and less well-funded investigators. The URC Grants program includes research grants and publication grants. Research grants support the scientific, scholarly, or artistic efforts of junior faculty. Publication grants help pay costs for publishing scientific, scholarly or artistic work (no textbooks).

For more information, or to apply for a grant, click here.

See a list of the Fall 2017 Publication and Spring 2018 Research Winners.

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 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.