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New Project Program (NPP)

The New Project Program (NPP) provides grants to UNC faculty members for the startup of new research and creative projects. On-going work will not be considered for NPP funding. Preference will be given to initial or pilot work intended to result in external funding to support continuation and expansion of the research.


All faculty members who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment and are not delinquent in submitting final reports for prior NPP or Provost Fund grants are eligible to apply.

Proposal Submissions Deadlines

For further information on when to apply, see the UNC Internal Grant Matrix.

Fall Competition

Spring Competition

October 3, 2018

February 15, 2019

October 2, 2019

February 19, 2020

October 7, 2020

February 17, 2021

General Funding Priorities

Proposal Evaluation will give particular consideration to proposals that address the following priority areas:

  • promote long-lasting scholarly, professional or artistic development of UNC faculty members
  • develop and write proposals for externally funded fellowships, grants and contracts
  • use technology and other strategies in pedagogy such as enhancement/enrichment pedagogy
  • assist faculty to intern with industry, government or service agencies, institutes or foundations
  • encourage UNC students' professional involvement or civic engagement through community-based research projects
  • contribute to UNC's mission to internationalize and enhance overall academic experience of students and faculty by increasing the faculty's exposure to international experiences

NPP Award Recipients

Internal Award Budget Guidelines

The Internal Budget Guidelines provide a consistent method for handling internal awards to accommodate new university budget guidelines; they apply to Provost Fund Grants, FRPB Grants, OSP Travel Grants, and Summer Support Initiative Awards.