Research and Engagement

Our rich research culture takes learning beyond the classroom and shapes the way society applies scientific innovations.

Bridging Disciplines, Breaking New Ground

Research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences confronts 21st-century issues: safety and security; access to healthy foods; sustainable growth; and managing ethnic, religious and gender differences.

Scientific discovery and technical innovation are essential in facing these challenges, but they aren't sufficient. Our faculty are innovators in their own fields, advancing our understanding of how people think and act, both now and in the distant past. They include internationally renowned experts in digital humanities, linguistics, forensic science, foreign languages, communications, psychology, English history, ​archaeology and more.

Technical problems are never just technical. They have important social dimensions as well.

Kathleen Vogel, Director, Science, Technology and Society Program

Our researchers work with colleagues across the academic spectrum — from engineers and scientists to veterinarians and statisticians — to investigate how emerging technologies can address enduring problems. Their insights shape the way leaders and policymakers use new technologies.

Sharing Solutions

When our research yields important results, the benefits of that work spread far and wide. Humanities and Social Sciences faculty play key roles at the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities — NC State-led partnerships that are making the United States and the world more secure. As part of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, we're exploring the ethical considerations around applying new technologies in nature.

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Our students also benefit from — and contribute to — our robust research culture. Working alongside faculty researchers, our graduate and undergraduate students apply classroom lessons in the real world, from studying ways to prevent child abuse in homeless shelters to uncovering medical errors. Engaging in research prepares our students for the world after graduation, whether they’re entering careers or going on to graduate school.

Our network of government, industry and community partnerships puts the results of our research into the public’s hands. Through a series of centers and institutes, we work closely with the societal actors who confront grand challenges: nonprofit organizations; local, state and federal agencies; and everyday citizens.

Institutes and Centers

The Institute for Nonprofits leverages the expertise and commitment of faculty, students, staff and community partners to bolster the work of nonprofit agencies. Through research, education and engagement, the Institute builds capacity and develops future nonprofit leaders.
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The Khayrallah Center is dedicated to research about the Lebanese diaspora in the United States and throughout the world, and to disseminating this knowledge to the scholarly community and general public.
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The Center for Family and Community Engagement supports safe, healthy and productive families and communities. The center provides training, program support and evaluation on family-centered meetings as it partners with organizations throughout the state, nation and world.
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The Forensic Sciences Institute is an affiliated program that advances forensic science methods and technologies; educates and trains students, law enforcement professionals and K-12 educators; and promotes public understanding of the role and impact of the forensic sciences on society.
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The multidisciplinary GES Center is an affiliated program that brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds to analyze and communicate the many facets of genetic engineering.
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Reinforcements for Researchers

Research begins with a question and ends with new insights. The path in-between can be a long, arduous one where progress is incremental and challenges abound. We've built an infrastructure at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that supports faculty through every step of the research process, from crafting grant proposals to sharing results.

The Office of Research and Engagement includes experienced professionals who can offer financial and administrative guidance during proposal preparation, examine proposals before submission and ensure compliance with regulations set by funders, including the university and state and federal agencies. 

Humanities and Social Sciences Research Blog

Jan 27, 2016

Apply for support through the Proposal Preparation Program (PPP)

Is your research proposal almost ready to submit, but you need to do some work to complete it? Do you need support to resubmit a promising but so-far unfunded proposal?To facilitate the timely completion of proposals for external funding, the College's Research Office may be able to offer up to $3000 in funding for a range of activities that would help to strengthen a grant or fellowship proposal. Such activities include supporting pilot studies, travel to archives or other facilities, funding grad students for data entry for a pilot study, visits to a program officer or other funding official, or engaging a consultant to evaluate the proposal, manuscript, data analysis, and the like.You may apply for support by filling in a form found at http://www.chass.ncsu.edu/research/ppp/index.php, or visit http://go.ncsu.edu/hss-ppp for updated information.Submission GuidelinesApplications are accepted and evaluated on an on-going basis. The applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research, who may call upon members of the research committee for advice and input.Please be sure to submit your PPP application to the research office no later than 7 months before your grant proposal deadline. This is a firm deadline.Q&AAre these funds available only for projects supporting grant and fellowship proposals?  Yes.Are these funds available only for projects that, if funded, would return large overhead (F&A) revenues?
 No. We will consider proposals to support projects that would yield smaller grants, as well as high-prestige fellowship applications.Is this program designed just for big-money social science researchers?  No. This funding will also support preliminary work for applications for fellowships, applications to work as a visiting scholar, and similar programs. Any T/TT faculty member may apply.Does this program support conference travel?  No.Can I budget summer salary or academic year salary?  No.  You can budget hourly wages for a student employee.Are these funds available to NTT faculty?  No. This program, because it funds grant proposals, is for T/TT faculty. However, teams that consist of both T/TT and NTT faculty may apply, but the lead PI must be a T/TT faculty member.