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Research, Dissemination & Faculty Development Program

The RDFD program supports faculty scholarship and professional activity to develop as teachers, researchers, scholars and artists. Funding is made available to full-time instructional faculty members through a competitive internal grant process.

Proposal Submission Deadlines

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

Fall Competition

  • October 26, 2018
  • October 25, 2019
  • October 23, 2020

Spring Competition

  • March 23, 2018
  • March 22, 2019
  • March 27, 2020


All full time instructional faculty members (tenured, tenure-track, and contract renewable) are eligible to apply for RDFD awards with the exception of:

  • Faculty members who are overdue in submitting final reports for previous Provost Fund awards

Post-doctoral fellows are eligible, but their applications must provide a clear explanation as to how their projects benefit the university.

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
  • facilitate technical training or educational development
  • 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
  • sponsor and organize forums and conferences at UNC
  • encourage UNC students' professional involvement or civic engagement through community-based research projects
  • contribute to UNC's mission to internationalize and enhance overall academic experiences of students and faculty by increasing the faculty's exposure to international experiences

Internal Award Procedures

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

Questions about this program should be directed to Sherry May at 970-351-1910 or to your FRPB College Representative or the FRPB Chairperson.