Faculty Research and Creative Activity

Committee Guidelines

Types of Grants

Individual Faculty Awards are the traditional means by which the FRCAC provides funding for research and scholarship at MTSU.

External Grant Applications - The FRCAC will consider funding reassigned time during the academic year to write proposals for external funding of research and creative activities.

By Activity

"Research" is generally defined as the organized investigation or study of a problem in order to gain new knowledge or make use of a new approach to analyze existing data. The solution to the problem may either have broad relevance or direct application to issues of practical importance. Examples: Research may include, but is not limited to: 1) scientific investigation and data acquisition; 2) empirical studies; 3) analytical literature searches which result in substantial modification of existing explanations of events; 4) development of book proposals; 5) dissemination of the results of the research; and 6) analytical and historical studies of literature, arts, and related fields.

"Creative Activity" includes the creation, production, exhibition, performance, or publication of creative works by one or more individuals that demonstrate originality in design or execution. Creative projects eligible for funding should include a clear articulation of the scholarly process, a definable product, and a mechanism for outside review and/or dissemination. The product of creative activity may be disseminated to academic, consumer, and to government or other such agency through original artwork, live performances, exhibits, consumer and other print media, academic journals, books, photographs, film, reports, video recordings, audio recordings, graphic designs, digital imaging, or other technologies, all consistent with standard scholarly practice in the discipline. Typically, the significance accorded the creative activity depends on the audience and the recognition it achieves-local, regional, national, or international.

By Time Frame

Applications may be submitted for:

• Summer Salary only;

• Academic Year Funds only;

• Combined Academic Year and Summer Salary

If Summer Salary is requested, the Application and Approval Form must be received by the FALL deadline preceding the summer for which salary is being requested.

Funds requested to be used during the summer to support work (supplies, travel, student help, etc) may be applied for at any deadline. These funds are also referred to as academic year funds.

By Participant

Applications may be submitted as:

  1. • Individual - 1 applicant
  2. • Individual Dept - 1 department, multiple applicants
  3. • Synergy - multiple departments, multiple applicants - *see below
  4. • Social Work - one or multiple applicants and departments - *see below

Note: Faculty in the physical sciences and social sciences may apply for awards for the purpose of research or creative activity.

*Interdisciplinary Synergy Award

The purpose of this program is to foster scholarly synergies between faculty members in various disciplines. Under these interdisciplinary (or synergy) awards, a group of collaborating faculty can request either academic year or summer salary support or both. Up to five (5) synergy awards may be awarded in a given academic year. The maximum value of each award will be $20,000 per year. To ensure continuity and maximize the impact of FRCAC funds:

  1. • Requests for up to two (2) consecutive years (total funding: $40,000) will be considered.
  2. • Proposal must describe how the grant will make MTSU more competitive for external funding.
  3. • Requests for supplies, materials, research-related travel, etc. may be supported.
  4. • Application for Synergy Awards does not preclude the faculty from applying to other categories of grants awarded by FRCAC.

*Social Work-related Award

This grant award category is intended to foster social work-related research and public service. These grants can be awarded to faculty in any discipline who propose a social work-related application of their scholarship to issues and problems relating to societal well being. The goal of these grants is to foster interdisciplinary participation in Research, Creative Activity, and Public Service projects related to social welfare problems.

For New Members
Evaluation of Proposals
Types of Grants

Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee


Ingram Building, Room 011B
Coordinator: Kellie Hilker
Phone: 615-494-8918
Fax: 615-898-5028
Email: Kellie.Hilker@mtsu.edu