Grants: Obtaining One While a Postdoc at NC State University
Postdocs may have an interest in obtaining grant funding while working at North Carolina State University. Each college and department at NC State has its own procedures for how to apply for grants. In general, a postdoc should first talk with their PI. The department head should also be involved in this process and usually does have to sign off on grant submissions. The research associate dean for the college may also be a helpful resource when one is looking to for funding opportunities. In terms of how the grant is processed, each college has a College Business Office (CBO) who assists with the grant process. Following is a list of key contact people in each college that a postdoc may need to talk with in the process of applying for a grant:
||Research Associate Dean
||College Business Officer
|Agriculture & Life Sciences
||W. David Smith
|Humanities & Social Sciences
|Physical & Mathematical Sciences
||Kina Jordan or Ruby Giles
||Jeneal Melvin Leone
Grant Writing Seminar (online)
Jaine Place, former Director of Research Proposal Development at NC State University, offers this online grant writing workshop, Grant Writing 101, to help you identify ways to prepare your federal grant proposals.
Postdoctoral Fellowships and Research Awards
There are a number of different sources for fellowships and research awards. Following is a list of postdoctoral fellowships: http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/financial-support/post-doctoral-fellowships.html)
Another source for funding for research and scholarship is the Community of Science database. North Carolina State University subscribes to this database, and those who are affiliated with the university may access it for free as long as he or she is using an NC State computer and has a unity ID. It is recommended that both broad and narrow searches be done to find the variety of funding opportunities available: http://fundingopps.cos.com/
The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) seeks to join together universities and colleges in the common mission of increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning PhDs and positioning minority students to become leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Their website provides information about funding opportunities for postdocs, as well as other resources for postdocs, and can be viewed at: http://www.ibparticipation.org/IBPPostdocs_portal.asp
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers grants through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI). This funding is applicable to researchers working with plants, animals and food. More information about AFRI grants is available at http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri_rfa.html.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a two-year fellowship program, which provides an opportunity for health professionals and scientists to receive training and experience at the FDA. Applications are accepted through November-February of each year.
The Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) offer a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship program. These are for 3-year terms at Norvartis' global sites in the United States, Switzerland, China and England.
Some postdoctoral fellowships in the Biological Sciences are listed here.