Category Archives: DORED

Creating proposal budgets and budget justifications: Do them right, and they can help you get to ‘yes’

Proposal reviewers love tight, well justified budgets, clearly presented in the format specified by the funding agency. Do they love yours?

To help your budget and your proposal get the love they deserve, the Division of Research and Economic Development will host a Lunch & Learn event, “Developing Proposal Budgets and Budget Justifications,” on Tuesday, September 23, noon to 1 p.m. in the Fort IRC, Room 410.

Ms. Tonjia May, DORED’s Budget Manager, will be presenting. This session will focus on how to develop a budget for a sponsored project.

Please register by September 16; click here for the registration page. Sign up and bring your lunch to learn valuable information.

Advisory for travelers who have been to West Africa


If you have been to Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone in the past month, there is a possibility that you may have been exposed to Ebola. Ebola is the cause of a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach pain, lack of appetite, and abnormal bleeding. Symptoms may appear from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola virus; eight to 10 days is most common.

You can get Ebola only from: 

  • Contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with or has died from Ebola, or
  • Exposure to contaminated objects, such as needles.

Ebola is not spread through air, water, or food.  It is not spread by individuals who have been exposed but have no symptoms.

Stay calm and get informed. Individuals from the affected areas, those who have traveled to the areas in the past month, and/or who are experiencing any of the symptoms should call 911; the Guilford County Department of Public Health, 336 641-7777; or Sebastian Health Center, 336 334-7880,  for more information.

The University of North Carolina system, N.C. A&T, and the system’s other constituent institutions are monitoring the outbreak of the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in West Africa and the public health response, both internationally and within North Carolina.  The General Administration has identified best practices for notification, planning, and response should it be necessary. This webpage provides the most accurate and current resources on the outbreak from global authorities.


Two next-generation N.C. A&T stars honored

Mr. Judge and Dr. Graham, two outstanding young professionals

Louis Judge III (left) and Anthony Graham, N.C. A&T’s two winners of the 2014 40 Leaders Under 40 Award

An advocate for young black men and an advocate for entrepreneurs are two young professionals at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University who have been recognized among the 2014 “40 Leaders Under 40” in the Piedmont Triad by The Business Journal.

Dr. Anthony Graham, chairman of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Mr. Louis Judge III, the university’s director of technology transfer, received their awards February 20.

Details on both follow the jump.

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Tonjia May named Budget Manager for DORED

Tonjia May, a manager of grants and contracts at Duke University, has been named Budget Manager in the Division of Research and Economic Development at North Carolina A&T.

She will work with faculty members to make sure budgets in research proposals meet the University’s guidelines on such points as indirect rates, cost sharing, and allowable costs, and to see that budgets conform to funding agencies’ policies, regulations and procedures as well.

Before joining Duke, Ms. May was a grant administrator in the N.C. A&T College of Engineering.

She is a graduate of High Point University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master of arts in nonprofit management. She also has received training at Duke’s Research Administration Academy, a comprehensive professional development program for research administrators.

Federal shutdown is ominous for A&T research

“The biggest impact on us is, there’s nobody at the federal agencies processing proposals. … There are 60 proposals we could have submitted in the first 10 days of October that are sitting on the desks here waiting to see what we should do.”

— Dr. Barry Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development, quoted today in the News & Record

Click here for the full article.

A&T sponsored funding rises 10% in difficult year

2013 annual report image testDespite sequestration, federal budget cuts and other challenges, sponsored funding for research and other purposes increased 10.73 percent at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University during fiscal 2013.

The total of $56.86 million for the year ending June 30, 2013, compares with $51.35 million in fiscal 2012. More information is available in the N.C. A&T Research and Economic Development Annual Report for Fiscal 2013 at

“Winning federal awards for research is becoming more competitive as funding agencies’ budgets are reduced and we continually face new complications, such as sequestration and now the federal government shutdown,” said Dr. Barry L. Burks, vice chancellor for research and economic development.

“A&T researchers have responded by writing proposals that make compelling cases for the value and competitiveness of their work. Together with our research administrators, they did a tremendous job of winning funds in an increasingly difficult environment.”

A sampling of the 199 awards in FY13 to A&T researchers in the seven colleges and schools and Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering:

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A&T’s tech transfer director receives national honor

Louis Judge

Louis Judge, director of technology transfer, N.C. A&T

Louis Judge III, an accomplished innovator and leader in the Greensboro business community, has been named Outstanding MBA of the Year by the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).  Judge is Director of Technology Transfer at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Judge will receive the award on September 13 at the association’s annual convention in Houston. The award recognizes an association member for, among other things, developing future leaders in the community and in the organization.

Judge’s career is highlighted by innovation and leadership in the community, at the university, and in the NBMBAA. Among his accomplishments are the creation of an annual jobs fair in Greensboro that has grown to more than 40 companies and universities participating and the establishment of N.C. A&T’s Innovation Challenge, an annual contest in creativity and ingenuity for students.

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New N.C. A&T biosafety guide now available

Cover of N.C. A&T biosafety guide

Newly revised N.C. A&T biosafety guide

The N.C. A&T Office of Research Compliance and Ethics has released a new edition of “Biological and Biohazardous Materials Safety Guide For Researchers,” the university’s comprehensive guide to biosafety.

The guide is available on the university website. It covers roles and responsibilities; biosafety requirements; biosafety levels; accidents, exposures,and spill response; and biohazardous waste pick-up.

Biosafety on campus is a joint responsibility of the university’s Biosafety Officer, Dr. Tonya Hargett, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, headed by Ms. Louisa Thomas.


Life science product show at JSNN tomorrow

Flyer for life science product show @ JSNN March 19, 2013


NSF grant proposal workshop April 25

SAve the date flyer for NSF proposal workshop, Thursday April 25