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Internal RCA Funding Opportunities

NOTE: (Fall 2017) New applications are not currently being accepted for Internal RCA Funding Opportunities.  Watch the Research Update e-newsletter for future opportunities.

The internal funding listed here is available from the Office of Research and Creative Activity (RCA).  For other NDSU internal funding opportunities, see the Funding Opportunity Resources webpage.  All requests for RCA funding must include a statement of how the use of the funds will address the Research and Discovery component of the Strategic Plan (see pp 6-8) and the Strategic Plan Goals and Metrics.  Reference should be made to specific action items, objectives, and metrics that use of this funding will address. Except for the Bioinformatics and Sanford Health seed grant programs, there is no set deadline for submission of requests; each request will be evaluated as it is received.  Send all requests for funding by email to VPR Rusch [] with a copy to Laura Slicer [] and your department chair.

Seed Funding
[funds must be spent by no later than June 15, 2017]

Grants of up to $5,000 are provided as “seed” funding to allow researchers to collect valuable information/data needed to prepare future federal fundng proposals. Requests for “seed” funding must include a statement of the need for the funds, the activities to be implemented with the funds, the plans for future federal funding requests and a budget/justification.  Any publications that are a result of this funding should include an acknowledgement of the NDSU-RCA funding.  A report on how the funds were spent will be due by June 30, 2017.

FY17 Seed Funding Awards
(as of 3/21/2017)
Jinhui WangElectrical & Computer Engineering
Alison WardAnimal Sciences
Jill HamiltonBiological Sciences
Uwe BurghausChemistry & Biochemistry
Jeremy StraubComputer Science
Yao YuConstruction Management & Engineering
Yan ZhangMechanical Engineering
Adam GladenMechanical Engineering
Teresa BergholzMicrobiological Sciences
Glenn Dorsam

Microbiological Sciences

JiaJia RaoPlant Sciences
Siobhan Wescott 

Public Health

Research Development Travel Awards
[funds must be spent by no later than June 15, 2017]

Travel funds of up to $1,500 can be requested to help offset expenses for travel to present at a domestic conference, to meet with a federal program officer, to perform scholarly activities at a national museum/archive, and/or to meet with a collaborator at another U.S. institution to work on a proposal.  Requests for travel awards must include the purpose of the travel and a budget of expenses.  For travel to present at a conference, please include the conference details showing the agenda/your talk. For travel to meet with a federal program officer, please provide the details of the agency and with whom you will be meeting. For travel to a national museum/archive, please provide the specifics of the museum/archive and the work to be completed. For travel to meet with a collaborator, please provide details of the collaboration and the proposal being developed.   A report on how the funds were spent will be due by June 30, 2017.

FY17 Research Travel Awards
(as of 3/21/2017)
Glenn DorsamMicrobiological Sciences
Alan DentonPhysics
Yagna JarajapuPharmaceutical Sciences
Donald JohnsonHistory
Bashir KhodaIndustrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Anupa SharmaAgribusiness & Applied Economics
Ganapathy Mahalingam   Architecture & Landscape Architecture
Jordi EstevadeordalMechanical Engineering
Dilpreet BajwaMechanical Engineering
Birgit PruessMicrobiological Sciences
Bingcan ChenPlant Sciences

Equipment Repair Fund
[funds must be spent no later than June 15, 2017]

Requests for equipment repair funds must include details of the piece of equipment to be repaired, its use [departmental, college, institution-wide] and an estimate fo the repair cost.  For individual faculty, a match of 33% is required.  For Service/Recharge Centers and Core Facilities, a match of 50% is required. A report on how the funds were spent will be due by June 30, 2107.

FY17 Equipment Repair Awards
(as of 3/21/2017)
Kalpana Katti         Civil & Environmental Engineering    
James BahrResearch & Creative Activity

NDSU EXPLORE Undergraduate Research Awards
[funds must be spent by June 15, 2017]

NDSU EXPLORE is an annual showcase and celebration of the research, creative and scholarly activity of our undergraduate students.  The showcase is the culmination of work undertaken throughout the academic year and summer.  NDSU EXPLORE Undergraduate Research Awards fund up to $1,500 for support of an undergraduate researcher within your lab/studio/group.  Requests must come from faculty members and must include a statement of the research, creative activity and/or scholarly work to be undertaken.  Students who are funded will be expected to participate in the NDSU EXPLORE annual showcase in November.  A report on how the funds were spent will be due by June 30, 2017.

(as of 3/21/2017)
Sathish VenkatachalemPharmaceutical Sciences
Jordi Estevadeordal       Mechanical Engineering       
Adam GladenMechanical Engineering  
Birgit PruessMicrobiological Sciences
Teresa BergholzMicrobiological Sciences

Research Support Services
[funds must be spent by no later than June 15, 2017]

Funds of up to $1,000 may be requested to help defray the costs of required support services for your research, creative activity and/or scholarly activity.  Funds may be used in one of the NDSU Core Facilities, any other recharge/service center and/or for transcription services.  Requests for research support service funding must include a description of the service requested, the research/scholarly activity being undertaken and whether the work is being performed for a funded project.  Any publications using the analyses provided by these services should acknowledge NDSU-RCA as a funding source.  A report on how the funds were spent will be due by June 30, 2017.

FY17 Research Support Services
(as of 3/21/2017)
Philip BoudjoukChemistry
Sreekala Bajwa  Ag & Biosystems Engineering
Stephenson Beck  Communication
Justin WaldenCommunication
Sheri StastnyHealth, Nutrition & Exercise Science 
Erik HobbiePhysics

Equipment Match Fund
[funds must be spent by no later than June 15, 2017]

Funds for equipment match can be requested at any time.  Priority is given to procurement of equipment that serves a broad constituency on campus, across multiple colleges.  Requests for equipment match must include a description of the piece of equipment, intended users, estimated cost, and additional funding sources being used and/or sought.  For required matches to federal RFPs, please provide the program name and the documentation showing the match requirement.   Funding of up to 1/3 of the required cash match will be considered for funding by RCA.  Thus, the request must also document the other sources of cash match being provided towards the equipment purchase.

FY17 Equipment Match Awards
(as of 3/21/2017)
Scott BeaulierBusiness
Ravi YellavajjalaCivil Engineering
Sathish Venkatachalem Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chris ColbertChemistry & Biochemistry      
Debasis DawnElectrical & Computer Engineering

Bioinformatics Seed Grant Program

Bioinformatics Seed Grants are provided to launch promising new research seed projects in bioinformatics, bringing them to the point where they can attract more funding from external sources.  NDSU hopes to foster the development of a critical mass in bioinformatics research.  Proposals should combine innovative use of informatics capabilities with a biological or biomedical research topic.  A limit of up to twenty percent (20%) of the budget may be used for generating new experimental data.  See the 2017 RFP

Round 3 Bioinformatics Seed Grants
(May 2016 - 2 awards)
1. Katie Reindl - Biological Sciences 
Simone Ludwig - Computer Science
Ganesh Bala - Chemistry & Biochemistry                   
"Development of a Proteomic Workflow Analysis Platform for Evaluating Pancreatic Cancer Therapies"
2. Kim Vonnahme - Animal Sciences               "Understanding the Role of Trophoblastic Giant Cells in Placental Function"
Round 2 Bioinformatics Seed Grants
(November 2015 - 3 awards)
1. Lauren Hanna - Animal Sciences                                                         "Building a Bioinformatics Infrastructure by Genetically Characterizing a Commercial Beef Cow Herd for Longevity and Efficiency Attributes"
2. Peter Bergholz - Microbiological Sciences
Anne Denton - Computer Science
Brian Slator - Computer Science
"Laying a Foundation of Bioinformatics Methods for Integrated Structure and Function Analysis in Microbiome Studies"
3. Shaobin Zhong - Plant Pathology
Gang Shen - Statistics
Changhui Yan - Computer Science
"Develop Bioinformatics Pipelines for Dual RNA-Seq Analysis of Plant-Pathogen Interactions"
Round 1 Bioinformatics Seed Grants
(August 2015 - 1 award)                                            
Xuehui Li - Plant Sciences         
Gang Shen - Statistics               
Changhui Yan - Computer Science   
"Development of Bioinformatics Tools for Next-Generation Sequence Data Analysis for Polyploid Crops"

Sanford Health & NDSU Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program

Based on the future promise of Sanford Profile as a global producer of weight loss and nutritional supplements, Sanford Health has joined with North Dakota State University to support research related to human nutrition, weight management and other basic research as it relates to this initiative.  Sanford Health has made a commitment of $250,000 per year over a total of five years to support related research seed grants at NDSU to build capacity, expertise, and synergy in fields relevant to human nutrition and related impacts on health and wellness.  See the 2017 RFP.

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