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-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. 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, 10 - 25 in the Spring. Members will probably just have to read around 4 each. Location and time information will be sent about when sub-committees will be meeting, and at that meeting, you will report on your summary and evaluation of the proposals that have been assigned to you. The sub-group assigns an A, B, or C ranking to each one (a yes, maybe, or no). Those results will be sent back to the committee coordinator and compiled into one physical/social sciences list for the final full committee meeting. At that meeting, all proposals are open for further discussion, or to vote to accept or deny the sub-committee decision. Sometimes in the Spring preliminary sub-committee meetings are not necessary, but that finally depends on the number of submissions that are received.