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. In fiscal year 2016-17, 58 proposals were reviewed and 8 awarded.

To date, RISF projects have generated approximately 84 follow on proposals to external organizations of which 21 were awarded with awards totaling $4,750,055. In addition, 51 students have been supported, 130 publications or presentations made and 19 workshops/symposia held. KIETS Director Ruben Carbonell serves on the RISF selection and steering committee.

RISF projects supported in fiscal year 2016-17 include the following:

  • Dr. Christopher Adin, College of Veterinary Medicine, Development of Synthetic Bilirubin Analogues as Therapeutic Agents for Pancreatic Islet Transplantation
  • Dr. Albert Keung and Dr. Adriana San Miguel, College of Engineering, Fluidic Strategies to Shape Robust Patterning of Human Cerebral Organoids
  • Dr. Detlef Knappe, College of Engineering, Development of Appropriate Technologies to Treat Drinking Water Co-Contaminants Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dr. Gnanamanikam Mahinthakumar, College of Engineering, Towards Understanding Nitrate Contamination Risk at the Regional Scale: A High Performance Computing Enabled Simulation-Optimization Framework
  • Dr. Barbara Quorollo, College of Veterinary Medicine, Untangling Human-Animal Transmission of Cutaneous Leishmanaisis
  • Dr. Hong Wang, College of Sciences, Single-Molecule Visualization and High-Resolution Structure of the Cohesin Complex
  • Dr. Gavin Williams, College of Sciences, Engineering Antibiotic-Producing Microbes with CRISPR for the Affordable Production of Novel Antibiotics
  • Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt, College of Sciences, Effects of Climate and Atmospheric Change on Plant-Pollinator Interactions