Internal Funding Programs

UNC Charlotte sponsors several internally-funded programs to help our faculty conduct their research, creative and service activities. 

For more information on these or other internal funding programs, contact Susan Robinson by email or at 704-687-1869.

       Faculty Research Grants Program

           2022-2023 FRG Program

UNC Charlotte, through its Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, sponsors an internal Faculty Research Grants (FRG) program designed to assist faculty in conducting well-defined, purposeful, new research or creative or scholarly activities. The program is divided into two categories: continuing faculty, and newly appointed assistant professors.

The 18-month program allows each individual project to have a maximum budget of $8,000, including a stipend of up to $4,200. Faculty submitting joint proposals may request up to $16,000 ($8,000 per faculty member; maximum stipend of $8,400).

Proposals must be uploaded electronically as a single PDF file to Niner Research, UNC Charlotte's electronic research administration portal. See the FRG Guidelines for more information on Niner Research.   Name your file in the following manner: Last name_first name.  Joint proposals should use the last names of both faculty members.

Proposals for the 2022-2023 program are due by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 18, 2021, but please read the FRG Guidelines carefully to note the details of the new Niner Research submission process.

Resources for the 2022-2023 program:

FRG Guidelines

FRG Application Forms 2022-2023

FRG Budget FAQs

For FRG final reports, please use the FRG Final Report Template.

                     For more information, contact Jaclyn Piatak, FRG Committee Chair, by email or at 704-687-7340.

FRG Overview Session

To help you learn more about this internally funded program, Lesley Brown, Director of the Center for Research Excellence, will offer an overview session including discussions on how to write a persuasive proposal, how proposals are reviewed, and how to avoid problems with your budget. The session will also include information about Niner Research, UNC Charlotte's electronic research administration portal. Beginning with the October 2021 deadline, all FRG proposals will be entered into the Niner Research system. The overview session will be held on Monday, August 30, from 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm via Zoom and will be recorded for those unable to attend in person.

Zoom link

If you can't attend the session on August 30 and would like a copy of the recording, please contact Susan Robinson at

Ignite Planning Grants

Ignite Planning Grants promote new collaborative research efforts and facilitate the development of interdisciplinary teams focused on preparing competitive, large-scale collaborative proposals for significant external funding. Ignite planning grants are intended to enhance existing areas of excellence, accelerate the development of emerging research strengths, and foster interactions between UNC Charlotte faculty and potential collaborators at other institutions. The program aims to lower and eliminate barriers to building collaborative teams and coordinating, planning, and preparing large, interdisciplinary multi-investigator research proposals by providing funds to (1) convene conferences and meetings, (2) coordinate workshops, (3) support travel costs for potential collaborators from other institutions, (4) hire grant-writing consultants and content specialists, and (5) conduct other proposal-development and team-development activities.

Research and Economic Development is not currently soliciting applications for the Ignite Program. A new RFP is being developed and will be posted here when it is released.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program

The scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) involves the disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary study of teaching practice and student learning. UNC Charlotte's SoTL program has an impact beyond the individual teacher, classroom, department, and university. The aim of SoTL scholars is to engage in a rigorous and systematic inquiry process in order to critique, improve, enhance, and develop multiple perspectives that can help inform the teaching and learning process and enrich higher education in the 21st century.