Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 9/14/2023

RTI University Scholars Program

Since 2014, the RTI University Scholars Program has provided support for distinguished academic researchers to spend scholarly leave time at RTI International to actively collaborate with our experts. The program, administered by the University Collaboration Office, is designed to drive growth, foster collaboration, build scientific stature, and develop opportunities for externally funded joint projects. 


  • Required Expression of Interest:  Jan. 25, 2024
  • Invited Full Proposals: March 27, 2024
Areas of Interest

The RTI University Scholars Program prioritizes proposals for projects related to:

  • Agriculture and food security
  • Climate change, environmental health and sciences, and energy
  • Drug discovery
  • Economic development
  • Global health
  • Immunization and infectious diseases
  • Innovation and technology

While the RTI University Scholars Program welcomes Expressions of Interest based on collaborative interdisciplinary research projects, or “clusters,” applicants need to apply individually. Application evaluations are based on the merits of the individual as well as the project. To advance excellence and diversity, RTI encourages applications from underrepresented faculty.

Eligibility Requirements

The RTI University Scholars Program invites Expressions of Interest from faculty from the University of North Carolina System’s 16 universities and from Duke University. Applicants must partner with RTI staff who serve as a host or hosts and co-create a collaborative research project to pursue during the scholar’s appointment.

Amount Description

The RTI University Collaboration Office covers:

  • Half of each selected scholar’s salary and fringe (with the other half covered by the scholar’s home institution)
  • Direct costs for supplies, publications, and other expenses, such as conference registrations, typically with a $5,000 ceiling

These funds are paid directly to the scholar’s university.