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We know cores need ongoing financial resources to continue their success.  We have curated a list of funding sources cores may find useful in deciding what grant submission strategies best suit their needs.  If you would like to add a funding source to this list, please e-mail us at

CFAC/ORT Fund Sources

CFAC Winter/Spring RFA
The CFAC Winter/Spring RFA is now OPEN!

The CFAC Fall RFA is now CLOSED for submissions. Thanks!

CFAC Emergency Funds
CFAC provides emergency funds for cores year-round. We aim for a 2-business day turn-around time for all emergency requests.

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CFAC Matching Funds and Cost-Sharing Requests
CFAC provides cores with matching funds to enhance the competitiveness of submissions for NIH, NSF, NCBC, and other funding sources. Please use the following form to submit these requests. Deadlines for these requests for FY23 are as follows and all requests for each submission period will be considered together at the subsequent CFAC meeting:

  • July 22nd, 2022
  • September 16th, 2022
  • November 23rd, 2022
  • January 13th, 2023
  • March 24th, 2023
  • May 26th, 2023
Submission Form
ORT Discretionary Funds
ORT provides funds for small in-house core projects

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Institutional Fund Sources

OVCR Cost-Sharing Funds
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) contributes matching funds, or cost-share, for costs related to enhancing research at UNC. The OVCR will consider cost-share funding requests for the following:

  1. Extramural grant proposals that require matching funds
  2. New technologies that facilitate the advancement of research at the university
  3. Other specific needs that are of strategic importance to research for the university
OVCR Website

External Fund Sources


Curated List of Federal Fund Opportunities Relevant to Core Facilities
The Team Science Group within the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center curates a list of potential federal funding sources for which UNC’s Biomolecular Research Cores could apply.  We are grateful to Dr. Andrea Walens for taking the time to curate this resource and we will update it frequently. We encourage any interested core director or manager to reach out with any questions!

List of Funding Opportunities
North Carolina Biotechnology Center Grants
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) offers several grants that could benefit a core facility including Flash Grants (rolling topics), Innovation Impact Grants (supports the purchase of research equipment for core facilities fostering innovation within North Carolina’s life sciences ecosystem), and more. Please also see North Carolina Biotechnology Center Grant Writing Tips.

NCBC Website
NC TraCS Pilot Program
While these grants cannot be applied to directly by core facilities, they can be used to pay for services at core facilities. If you have a PI interested in funding pilot data please share this opportunity.

NC TraCS Pilot Program
NIH's S10 Instrumentation Program
NIH Shared Instrumentation and High-End Instrumentation grants provide a mechanism for NIH-supported investigators to obtain high end instrumentation. For advice on submitting a successful SIG check out Nancy Fisher’s slides from her presentation a the November 2015 Core Director Meeting.

NIH S10 Instrumentation Program
NSF Major Research Instrumentation
The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program serves to increase access to shared instruments for scientific and engineering research and research training in our Nation’s institutions of higher education, museums, science centers, and not-for-profit organizations. This program especially seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by providing shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research intensive learning environments. Development and acquisition of research instrumentation for shared inter- and/or intraorganizational use is encouraged, as are development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners as appropriate to the goals of the MRI Program. The MRI Program is intended to assist with the acquisition or development of research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. Fund range: $100,000 – $4 million.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation


Core Facility Staff Funding

Employee Forum's Professional Development Grant
This grant provides permanent University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill employees additional funding to help cover professional development opportunities. The grant covers work-related education and training and can be used for conferences, certificates, non-credit classes, or similar instructional opportunities.

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Janet B. Royster Memorial Staff Scholarship
This scholarship provides assistance towards earning a degree or other professional certification. The scholarship is designed to help a UNC employee become more effective, in either the applicant’s current position, or to prepare the applicant for promotion within the UNC system.

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