Research Training and Funding

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The Department of Pediatrics and the School of Medicine offer several opportunities to assist faculty in the development of research projects. To learn about the grants and programs available, click through the tabs in this section. Resource links are also available under the "Training and Funding Links" section on the right hand side of the page.


The University Research Council Spring 2014 Small Grant Program

Deadline is Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Types of Grants Available

Research grants support the scientific, scholarly or artistic efforts of faculty.  They may be used for costs such as collecting pilot data, research-related travel, research equipment or supplies, or the costs of smaller scale projects.  The Council encourages the use of URC grants as a stepping stone to extramural support.

Publication grants help pay the cost of publishing scientific, scholarly, or artistic work.  They may be used to pay for such things as photographs, drawings, figures or tables, or permissions to reprint. 

An applicant can only submit one URC proposal each semester - either research or publication.


Applicants must hold a faculty rank (tenure, tenure-track, research professorial or clinical ranks, adjunct professors, lecturers, or instructors) or be professional librarians in the analogous librarian ranks.  Preference is given to less senior applicants only for the purpose of breaking ties.

Amount of Award

The maximum award is $5000.

Application Procedures

Applications and instructions for electronic submission are available online here.  URC expects to send out award notices by early May 2014.

Direct inquires to the attention of:
, URC Coordinator
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
CB 4012, 307 Bynum Hall
Telephone: 962-9333

Please read the directions carefully.  Failure to follow instructions may cause your application to be rejected.  Please include only the paperwork requested.  Times New Roman size 10 is the standard font.

The Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

As part of a continuing commitment to building a culturally diverse intellectual community and advancing scholars from underrepresented groups in higher education, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is pleased to announce the availability of postdoctoral research appointments for a period of two years. The purpose of the Program is to develop scholars from underrepresented groups for possible tenure track appointments at the University of North Carolina and other research universities. Postdoctoral scholars will be engaged full-time in research and may teach only one course per fiscal year.

The program supports 10 postdoctoral scholars, engaged full-time in research and writing for a two-year term starting July 1. Fellows are provided in the program with research funds, program laptop, as well as department mentor, office, computer, health benefits and $39,874 annual salary. Meetings and workshops are structured for the purposes of networking, social interaction and supporting professional development of diversity postdoctoral scholars within the program.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Program Manager Judson Fraley in the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at  You can also visit the program web page.

N.C. Children’s Promise Research Grants

The Children’s Promise of North Carolina funds a limited number of one-year research grants to support research projects proposed by early-career faculty in the Department of Pediatrics. Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $20,000.


  • Applicants for a Children’s Promise Research Grant must be faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the rank of Assistant Professor;
  • Only one proposal may be submitted per applicant;
  • Grant applications are solicited once a year and are evaluated by the Faculty Development Committee and the Chair. In addition, representatives from The Medical Foundation of NC and N.C. Children's Hospital Board of Visitors may participate;
  • You must have a letter of support from your department director or division chief;
  • The project must be conducted at N.C. Children's Hospital;
  • A grant is not eligible for funding if it has been funded two of the past three years; applicants must wait an additional year before requesting additional funding;
  • The application period for 2013 is expected to run from April 1 until May1;
  • The project funding period will start on June 1, 2013 and ends July 31, 2014;
  • Applicants will be notified of funding the last week in June 2013; and
  • Grants may not be expended after the funding dates and leftover money may not be used to fund other projects.

The amount of funding available through this program may vary year to year.

The application period is closed at this time. More information will be posted on the Promise Grants process when the application period opens.

For more details, contact Wayne Price.


Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Research Scholars Program

In 2012, the APA launched a new research training program for APA members, modeled on their successful APA Educational Scholars program. This competitive 3-year program includes establishment of mentors (local and national), completion and publication of a research project and monthly webinars regarding clinical/translational research methods.

The Department of Pediatrics will consider supporting selected scholars for this program.

Please contact Terry Noah for additional details.

Department of Pediatrics Research Day

Pediatric Research Day is an annual event showcasing research by Department faculty. In 2011, the theme of PRD was multidisciplinary team research.

Download the abstracts and program for PRD 2011

Research Day is currently organized by the Child Research Core of NC TraCS.

Contact George Retsch-Bogart for more details.


Multidisciplinary collaborations have moved to the forefront of biomedical research, as a more rapid pathway to translation of scientific discoveries to the bedside. Eliana Perrin, MD, MPH discusses research collaborations in a series of interviews for the 3-C Institute for Social Development, an RTP-based, NIH-funded company promoting social development research. Dr. Perrin is an Associate Professor at UNC and an NIH funded researcher in childhood obesity with extensive experience in multidisciplinary collaborations.