NC State Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program



NC State’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Economic Development (ORIED), in collaboration with the Kenan Institute, developed and launched the NC State Research and Innovation Seed Funding (RISF) Program. The RISF Program assists researchers in developing new and innovative pilot projects that have potential for future support from government agencies, corporations, or foundations towards large-scale research centers or industrial consortia. Specifically, the purpose of the RISF Program is to stimulate NC State faculty and staff professionals to investigate multidisciplinary research initiatives, involve undergraduate and graduate students in research programs, and to enable and encourage corporate and government support of large research projects.

Since 2013, the RISF program has received 258 proposals and awarded 48 projects. Since 2013, RISF projects have generated approximately 85 follow-on proposals to external organizations of which 24 were awarded totaling $11,805,112 that represents a 10.13 leverage ratio when compared to the total ORIED/KIETS awards of $1,061,924 during the corresponding period. In addition, 46 students were supported, 167 publications or presentations made and 17 workshops/symposia held. KIETS Director Ruben Carbonell serves on the RISF selection and steering committee.

In the 2018-19 RFP cycle, 42 proposals were reviewed and the following projects were awarded starting in July 2018:

  • Dr. Karen Chen, College of Engineering, Development, and Evaluation of a Multimodal Feedback Virtual Reality System for Rehabilitation
  • Dr. Colleen Doherty, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Predicting the Impacts of a Changing Climate on Crop Resilience: Testing the Impacts of Warmer Night Temperatures on Plant and Pathogen Interactions Using Lettuce as a Model System
  • Dr. Tiegang Fang, College of Engineering, Fluid Dynamics of Droplet Impact on Textiles
  • Dr. Dean Hesterberg, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Nanoscale Dynamics of Phosphate and Arsenate Reactions Affecting Soil Regulation of Plant Nutrition and Environmental Toxicity
  • Dr. Albert Keung, College of Engineering, Breaking the Limiting Paradigm of Standard DNA Technologies in Extreme-Scale Information Storage Systems
  • Dr. Wayne Place, College of Design, Assess and Optimize Advanced Building Glazing Technologies  for Lighting, Energy, and Health Outcomes
  • Dr. Xu Xu, College of Engineering, Tracking the Body, Tracking the Mind: Inferring Driver’s Mental States from In-Car Body Motion
  • Dr. Shu Yang, College of Sciences, Statistical Methods for Oral Anticoagulation Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation