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Resources: Research Activities

Conducting research on campus is an involved and intensive process, both within the study itself and following the necessary steps that adhere to certain guidelines and conduct. Following is information regarding research activities that all students, staff, and faculty need to consider when engaging in research activities.

Office of Research
North Carolina State University is a research-extensive university and is responsible for providing a learning environment that enhances the human potential of all members of the University community. At its core, the mission of research at NC State is one of achieving excellence in teaching and community service in a global marketplace. In support of these mandates, the research programs of NC State University are guided by integrity, excellence, and respect for others in responding to individual and societal needs.
The Office of Research encourages and promotes research and scholarship through service to investigators and their sponsors.

Sponsored Programs and Regulatory Compliance (SPARCS)
Sponsored Programs & Regulatory Compliance Services (SPARCS) provides services to facilitate the submission of proposals, negotiation of agreements, and the administration of internally and externally funded projects. SPARCS also provides services involving subagreements supported by funding provided to North Carolina State University. All aspects of the externally sponsored research and scholarship enterprise, including the pre-award management and the non-fiscal post-award management, fall under the leadership of SPARCS personnel.

Proposal Development Unit (PDU)
The mission of the Proposal Development Unit (PDU) is to increase NC State’s research funding base through support for faculty producing large-scale proposals for graduate fellowships and multidisciplinary research.

Office of Technology Transfer (OTT)
NC State’s Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) protects the University’s intellectual property (IP) while promoting the transfer of academic discovery to industry for public benefit and economic development. Whether you need to complete an Invention Disclosure Form or are interested in licensing a university technology, our licensing and technology development staff is available to guide you through the technology transfer process.

NCSU Libraries
NC State University’s Libraries have subject specialists who can provide research guidance and advice on such tasks as conducting literature reviews, choosing databases, setting up search alerts, using bibliographical management software, and finding data, primary historical documents, and conference proceedings.   The D.H. Hill Library, Design Library, and Natural Resources Library are located on main campus, the Textiles Library on Centennial Campus, and the Veterinary Medicine Library on the Biomedical Campus.

Centennial Campus Partnerships
Centennial Campus is about partnerships. Linking University resources with corporate and government partners provides unique benefits to both sides. For our corporate and government partners, access to smart people, cutting edge research, and superior facilities and equipment equals competitive advantage in the marketplace. Corporate and government partners find convenient access to the research and development expertise existing in NCSU faculty, specialized facilities and equipment, and students who are eager to apply their knowledge to real-world problems. Such access leads to positive economic benefit for the company and the people of North Carolina. For NC State, the cross-fertilization of corporate and government research partnerships pays dividends not only in increased financial support for research, but also in providing opportunities to realize the needs of the corporate world.

Faculty Sponsored Projects Toolbox
This guide has been designed by a task force of the University Research Committee (URC) including seasoned faculty particularly experienced in the solicitation and management of external funding. The design is intended to provide a “cradle-to-grave” overview of writing quality proposals, effectively managing the fiscal and technical aspects of awards, disclosing inventions and discoveries, and maintaining the highest integrity in science.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program
The Graduate School oversees the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program, which provide the essentials of ethical practices that complement discipline-specific training to promote problem solving and responsibility. RCR’s mission is to equip graduate students and others engaged in research activities with the fundamentals, educational resources, and direction to pursue a lifelong commitment to ethically responsible research.

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