Grad student and advisor make presentation

Five-minute orientation for new researchers

Pictured above: Computer Science grad student Joseph Shelton makes a presentation to members of the UNC system Board of Governors with his advisor, Dr. Gerry Dozier, left.

Welcome to North Carolina A&T! We’re glad to have you as part of the research team.

The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) provides services to faculty and student researchers (also to current and potential research partners, funding agencies, and economic development agencies). This page provides an overview of the services we provide. If you have questions about where information is located or suggestions about website content, please contact the research web coordinator.

The basics about research at N.C. A&T

Research is conducted within the seven schools and colleges, the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), and in interdisciplinary research centers. Most of the university's research is organized into nine research clusters -- multidisciplinary areas in which A&T focuses its research resources. Our major projects include collaborations with other universities, such as the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Biometallic Materials, and interdisciplinary projects within the university, such as the Center for Excellence in Post Harvest Technologies.

Proposal development

The Office of Research Services and Project Management works with researchers to identify funding opportunities, develop proposals, and prepare budgets.  It also manages all limited submission opportunities.  This office provides training for faculty and grant administrators; training events are listed on the research calendar.

All proposals are developed and submitted through RAMSeS, the university's electronic research administration system.

Proposal submission

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) is the sole authorized entity at N.C. A&T for the submission of research proposals; it works with faculty to assure proposals’ compliance with RFP requirements and to facilitate the efficient administration of grant funding. OSP processes awards and conducts start-up meetings with researchers who receive awards.

Post-award management

The Office of Contracts and Grants is responsible for the financial and regulatory administration of all sponsored funding contracts and grants awarded to N.C. A&T.

Compliance and ethics

The Office of Research Compliance and Ethics works with researchers and the university’s research oversight committees to ensure ethical conduct and compliance with regulations. It conducts training in Responsible Conduct of Research and oversees conflict of interest in research, including Financial Conflict of Interest. Also among its responsibilities are export control and training in compliance and ethics.

Project management

The Office of Research Services and Project Management helps guide researchers through their projects' life cycle from start-up to closeout, including any necessary training (the university's finance and purchasing systems, for example), managing finances, and progress reporting.

Tech transfer

The Office of Technology Transfer manages the university’s technology transfer and commercialization programs, helping researchers identify promising technologies and connecting industrial and commercial partners with the university’s expertise and new products. 

Database of faculty researchers

Information on specific N.C. A&T researchers can be found in the REACH NC database, an easily searchable Web portal that enables users to find thousands of researchers in N.C. colleges, universities and research institutions (click here for more information ... or here to go directly to the website). The initial phase of the database includes researchers in the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, and School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Other academic units will be added.

Research administration

The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) is the administrative unit that manages N.C. A&T’s research enterprise. It is directed by Dr. Barry L. Burks, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development.  DORED provides services to faculty and student researchers, to current and potential research partners, funding agencies, and economic development agencies.

In addition, the Dean of the Graduate School serves on the DORED as the Vice Provost for Research.

DORED works with the academic units through the Council of Associate and Assistant Deans.

DORED contact list

Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center

The division's offices are in the Fort Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC). 

  • For a map, click here.
  • A highlight of the building is the colorful four-part mural in the fourth floor lobby at the top of the atrium. The Faces of Science depicts 46 pioneering scientists and engineers, including N.C. A&T alumnus and astronaut Dr. Ron McNair.

Events and training calendar

The Division of Research and Economic Development and the academic units hold research-related events throughout the academic year.  For a month-by-month list of upcoming conferences, workshops, and seminars, go to the Events and Training Calendar.

Research news and communications

It’s easy to keep up with research news, policies, and procedures.

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