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Committee Guidelines

For New Members

The FRCAC is funded at various levels and is somewhat unpredictable from year to year.  Funds are available to support faculty research and creative activities through summer salary support as well as academic year support of reassigned time, travel, supplies and equipment.

These funds are intended to leverage MTSU's ability to garner extramural dollars for research and are not intended to be an ongoing source of funding of any individual's research program, except in disciplines bereft of suitable funding sources. Support is provided for both individual awards and synergy awards, which are intended to foster scholarly synergies between faculty in different disciplines. Proposals are reviewed three times each year, once in the Fall and twice in the Spring. Deadlines and guidelines for proposal preparation instructions should be carefully observed. This committee consists of faculty members from all colleges who are selected by the Faculty Senate.


The FRCAC committee is headed by a Chair and two sub-committee chairs, one for the physical sciences and one for the social sciences. Members are assigned to one of these sub-committee groups according to their discipline. The committee chair will set up a preliminary meeting for her/him and the sub-chairs, and they will divide the newly submitted proposals into the two sub-committee groups.  In the event that a sub-committee does not have enough members, the sub-committee chair will work with FRCAC to appoint ad hoc reviewers.  Then committee members will receive an email showing which proposals each member has been assigned to read. We average about 40 - 60 submissions in the Fall cycle and 10 - 25 in the Spring. Each FRCAC member is expected to review 4 proposals per cycle.  The location from where the proposals can be viewed and other important information regarding the review will be sent to the members.  Once the sub-committee members have had enough time to review, the respective chairs will call for a meeting to discuss the review scores.  Each sub-committee will rank the proposals.  

In addition to assigning a score (0-100%), the sub-group will also determine an alphabet designation ("A" - Recommend for funding; "B" - Suitable for funding; "C" - Decline funding).  The proposal scores and the sub-comittee votes will be sent back to the committee Chair who will then call for a full committee meeting.  In that meeting, the members will deliberate to decide on a compiled ranking that intertwines the two groups of proposals.  All of the proposals, irrespective of their alphabet designation, will be discussed at the full committee meeting.  

The final priority list will be used to determine which proposal will get funded based on the budget allocated for that academic cycle.  The researchers will be notified by the program coordinator.


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