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 Lesley Brown by email or at 704-687-1880.

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. 

*** COVID-19 Flash Grants (Spring/Summer 2020) will be accepted on a rolling basis until September 1, 2020. Click here for the COVID-19 Flash Grants Request for Proposals.

Proposals must be submitted electronically as an email attachment to For more information, contact Lesley Brown.

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. Each individual project may 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).

For FRG final reports, please use the following template:


The Faculty Research Grants Committee is now soliciting proposals for the 2020-21 FRG program.

The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on Monday, October 14, 2019.

Please use the following guidelines, forms and FAQs to apply:

                    For more information, contact Lesley Brown by email or at 704-687-1880.

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.