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The Division of Research and Economic Development (DORED) is the administrative unit that manages N.C. A&T’s research enterprise. We invite you to learn more about how research at N.C. A&T advances education, fosters community engagement and catalyzes economic development.

A Resumption of Operations at NSF page has been developed that includes Important Notice No. 145, Resumption of Operations at the National Science Foundation, dated January 28, 2019, as well as supplemental guidance that addresses grant and cooperative agreement-related policy and systems issues. This page will be of interest to your membership and we would appreciate your sharing this link as soon as possible. This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. 

DORED Memo to PIs

Resources for Coping With the Partial Government Shutdown

Shutdown Impacts at State Agencies, Updated 1/15/19

Shutdown Guidance: Specific Agency Contingency Plans Found Here

General Guidance from the University of Washington – Affected U.S. Departments & Agencies Overview

General Guidance from Georgia Tech - Handy Chart of FY19 Federal Agency Appropriations 

Federal Agency Guidance from University of Minnesota - NCURA-Recommended Site

Recent News

N.C. A&T Hosts Regional Diabetes Symposium, March 15th

Diabetes Symposium

N.C. A&T has joined forces with North Carolina's three translational science institutes (UNC-CH, Duke and Wake Forest), to lead the North Carolina Diabetes Research Collaborative. For the second consecutive year, A&T will host the Regional Symposium, inviting researchers from North Carolina and surrounding states to meet to develop translational, cross-institutional projects in the realms of diabetes, obesity and metabolism. Friday, March 15, 2019, the President-Elect of the American Diabetes Association will present a keynote address on the status of diabetes, followed by presentations regarding diabetes research advancement. Researchers interested in contributing to the advancement of diabetes research are welcome to learn more and register here!

Cook Awarded Biological Collection and Analysis Support

Marc Cook

Dr. Marc Cook, an assistant professor of exercise science in the Department of Human Performance and Leisure Studies, has secured microbiome research support from uBiome in the form of biological sample collection kits and corresponding sample analysis. Dr. Cook uses samples like these to study the interactions between gut microbial composition and cardiovascular health risks, such as hypertension in African-American college athletes. Read more about his research interests including exercise immunology, racial disparities in endothelial dysfunction and subsequent cardiovascular disease, gut dysbiosis and vascular disease.

Dr. Robert Newman Shows Us That Cells Never Rest

Robert Newman

The human body is composed of trillions of cells, the basic building blocks of all living things. Our cells perform many diverse functions, including converting nutrients from food into usable energy, promoting growth, and preventing infection and disease. Each of these cellular functions involves a series of coordinated biochemical reactions and, in order for cells to function efficiently, they must “know” which reactions to “turn on” and which ones to “turn off” in the face of an ever-changing environment. More…

Dr. Luster-Teasley Partners with Triad Growth Partners to Leverage Research

Luster Teasley and TGP

Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley’s research involves chemical oxidation, water and wastewater treatment and remediation. Her patented RemRx™ treatment technology supports the sustainability efforts of Triad Growth Partners (TGP) in Greensboro. TGP is developing innovative solutions for the $60 billion remediation market to decrease cost, increase efficacy and restore water and land in a sustainable manner. AxNano (the technology development group of TGP) is designing these advanced solutions as part of Luster-Teasley’s RemRx™ treatment technologies platform. RemRx™ brings together advanced technologies to create proprietary and highly tunable products that safely address the needs of global development leaders and industry looking for sustainable solutions.

DORED Celebrates Issuance of European and U.S. Patents

Patent Wall

A European patent was recently issued to faculty researchers in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna, Dr. Jianmei Yu and Dr. Ipek Goktepe are the proud recipients of European counterpart to U.S. Patent No. 8,211,485 issued in July 2012. The researchers’ claims are generally directed to a method for reducing the allergenic protein content of a blanched or roasted peanut kernel by contacting the kernel with at least 0.001%(w/w) of an endopeptidase enzyme; such enzymes include pepsin, trypsin or alpha-chymotrypsin. In addition, Dr. Yeoheung Yun and Dr. Youngmi Koo in the College of Engineering have received U.S. Patent No. 10,128,512, entitled “Paper-based Magnesium Battery and the Use Thereof,” which relates generally to paper-based magnesium batteries such as those found in wearable or point-of-care devices.

N.C. A&T Uses Drones to Bring “Smart Agriculture” to the Aggie Farm

Smart Ag Drones

A team of N.C. A&T researchers led by Dr. Ali Karimoddini received a three-year, $600K grant from the National Science Foundation to fly a team of drones above the university’s 492-acre farm, located off McConnell Road on the east side of Greensboro, for crop health monitoring, a revolutionary step toward smart agriculture. Unlike traditional crop management methods that use farmers or ground vehicles for assessing crop health status, using autonomous technology to perform aerial monitoring of agricultural fields saves time and money, while preventing damage to crops. Read more…

Dr. Beni Using UAVs for Flood Mapping and Management


Dr. Leila Hashemi Beni, an assistant professor in the Geomatics Program in the Department of Built Environment in the College of Science and Technology, is using unmanned autonomous vehicles as remote sensing mechanisms to develop flood mapping in the state of North Carolina. Supported by a three-year, $300K grant through the National Science Foundation, Beni’s project is designed to gain a fundamental understanding of UAV data processing and to develop a research program on remote sensing data processing for environmental management. The NSF grant provides programming support for research experiences impacting both high school and undergraduate students, whose research will be further integrated into new undergraduate and graduate curriculum at the university. Read more…

DORED Unveils 2018 Annual Report


Please take a few moments to revisit and celebrate the research success that N.C. A&T faculty brought to the university in Fiscal Year 2018. From autonomous vehicles, to engineering a better food bank, to additive manufacturing, to exploring the medicinal uses of ginger, Aggie researchers are advancing education, fostering community engagement and catalyzing economic development. Enjoy these stories about innovative solutions that address the challenges and economic needs of North Carolina, the nation and the world! View the Annual Report Here…

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