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Nagoya University Collaborative Seed Grants

The partnership between North Carolina State University (NC State) and Nagoya University (NU) will mark its 40th anniversary in March 2025 as the first academic exchange agreement was signed in 1985. To celebrate this long standing relationship and to facilitate new research collaborations between the institutions, NC State and NU are now accepting proposals for the Joint NC State-NU Research Collaboration Seed Grant Program. The grants will support new projects that have a great potential for a long-term collaboration with significant socio-academic impacts.

This program is designed to catalyze new research collaborations, with the expectation that the projects will lead to more substantive engagement beyond the initial funding period. Key objectives for the Seed Grant program are:

  • Facilitate high quality and long-term research collaboration between NC State and NU researchers in areas of strategic importance to both institutions
  • Co-publish high quality research papers
  • Leverage seed grant projects for future external funding applications, academic-industry collaborations and/or opportunities for student and postdoctoral scholar support. Examples include: Outline of Adopting Sustainable Partnerships for Innovative Research Ecosystem (ASPIRE), Strategic International Collaborative Research Program (SICORP), and Fulbright student and scholar programs. 

Research Priorities

Based on the strategic goals of NC State and NU, this opportunity is focused on projects that align with the following interdisciplinary research themes:

  • Data Science and Artificial Intelligence: Examples of research areas include machine learning, advanced computing, statistics, management, behavioral sciences, linguistics, or data governance.
  • New Materials & Quantum Technology: Examples of research areas include physics, semiconductors, low-temperature plasma, or innovative applications in a wide range of fields.
  • Future of Food: Examples of research areas include chemistry, plant/animal science, food security, or social perspectives on food and nutrition.
  • Climate Change and Sustainability: Examples of research areas include astro/space science, earth science, public policy, and social impacts of climate change.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take an interdisciplinary approach to their research questions and project plans.

Project Period

Projects should be completed by June 30, 2025, and a joint final report should be submitted within one month after the formal completion date. Please note that the funds must be spent by the end of the fiscal year of each institution: March 31, 2025, for NU and June 30, 2025, for NC State.


Permanent, tenured or tenure track faculty or research professionals (those who comply with Sponsored Programs eligibility requirements) at NC State University and faculty and research professionals at Nagoya University may apply.


Up to two collaborative projects will be selected for this program. Funding up to $7,000 USD by NC State and 1,000,000 JPY by NU will be made available to each project. Planned expenditures should be in line with the financial policies of each institution.

Funding may support travel and subsistence costs associated with researchers spending time at the partner institution, as well as related workshops, guest lectures, and/or seminars. Funds may not be used for staff salaries or the laboratory/research facilities of the partner institutions. 

Application Process

The deadline for submitting applications is 18:00 EDT on July 10, 2024.  

Proposals will be reviewed at NC State and NU with notification of award decision in mid August, 2024.

Proposal Content:

  • Research Focus. What is the focus of your proposed project? How does it align with the seed grant program’s research priorities?
  • Project Description. Please provide a description of your project, including the primary objectives of the collaboration and the roles and strengths of each collaborator. If applicable, elaborate the interdisciplinary components of your project.
  • Implementation Plan. Please outline your plan for implementing the proposed project, including an estimated timeline for key steps within the plan. 
  • Budget Justification. Briefly describe how the requested funds will be used to implement your project.
  • Expected Impact. What deliverables or outcomes do you envision for this project? What impact would these outcomes have within the research community? How might they strengthen capacity at NU and/or NC State? If applicable, please describe any practical applications you might foresee in the future.
  • Sustainability. Describe any plans to sustain the project beyond the grant period, including ideas for additional funding or support.

Supporting Documents (Application Attachments)

  • Budget sheet that includes estimated expenditures at each institution (1 page)
  • CVs of each project team member


For questions regarding this funding, please contact: