Locating Funding

Here are some resources for locating funding for your project. If you do not find what you need here, please contact Susan Robinson at 704-687-1869.

Funding Sources Databases:


  • COS Pivot Funding Opportunities Database. Pivot, formerly the Community of Science (COS), is a subscription service provided by the University for faculty and staff with research responsibilities.  The most comprehensive global source of funding opportunities, COS Pivot offers searches for many funding types in all disciplines. Users may customize optional funding alerts by email. For more information, contact Susan Robinson at 704-687-1869.
    • Current COS Account-Holders.  You must "claim" your existing COS Pivot profile in order to use Pivot to its fullest and update your profile. To claim your profile, log in to COS Pivot using your existing COS username and password. Your name is displayed in the upper right-hand corner. If you see a “claim profile” link, your profile needs to be linked to your Pivot account. Click “claim profile.”
    • New COS Pivot Users.   If you do not have a current COS account, go to pivot.cos.com and in the upper right-hand corner click “sign up.”  You will receive a verification email which will include a link to Pivot.
  • NC OpenBook.  Search North Carolina state government grant and financial assistance programs and awards made.

Internal Funding Programs:


Faculty Research Grants 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 Faculty Research Grants Committee (FRGC) is soliciting proposals for the 2018-2019 (18-month) program. Each individual project may have a maximum budget of $6,000, including a stipend of up to $3,500. Faculty submitting joint proposals may request up to $12,000 ($6,000 per faculty member).

Guidelines and application forms are linked below. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2017

Proposals are reviewed and scored by three ad hoc review committees: (1) Arts and Humanities, (2) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and (3) Social Sciences, Business, Health, and Education. The faculty member submitting a proposal will select which committee reads the proposal.

To help you learn more about this internally-funded program, Director of Proposal Development Lesley Brown 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 following sessions are identical and will be held in Cameron Hall Room 303: 

  • Wednesday, August 30, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 31, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

If you can’t attend either of these sessions, please call Lesley at 704-687-1880. 

If you have questions about the FRG Program, please contact FRGC Chair Daniel Dupre at 704-687-4648 or Lesley Brown at 704-687-1880. 

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program: The scholarship of teaching and learning involves the disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary study of teaching practice and student learning. SoTL 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.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Grants

Limited Submission Programs:


UNC Charlotte Procedures for Limited Submission Programs