Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC)

FRCAC is a committee comprising of MTSU faculty members who do not serve the University at any administrative or executive functions.  The members committee represent diversity in in every aspect possible.  FRCAC plays a crucial role in determining how the internal research funds.  Each of the six MTSU Colleges are represented by two FRCAC members in addition to five "at-large" members and two "trainees."   FRCAC is responsible to the Vice Provost (Research), who is also the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, for reviewing and recommending grant awards to faculty members to recognize and support of scholarly activity. Proposals are reviewed two times during the academic year.  In addition to research and creative activity proposals, the FRCAC also reviews nominations for distinguished awards.   Because of the diversity of disciplines on campus, FRCAC entertains proposals from a wide range of fields.  In general , the funding requests are broadly classified as physical and applied sciences and social sciences.  FRCAC also encourages researchers to find common grounds across this classification to address innovative research questions.  

The University and FRCAC are enthusiastic in their support of faculty research and creative activity with a main goal to provide seed money for their scholarly work that can lead to a program with a sustainable long-term future.  Nonetheless, FRCAC recognizes that extramural funding is limited for many fields, especially for creative activity and the committee would be mindful when such proposals are reviewed.  Although repeated funding requests to the FRCAC are not always discouraged, FRCAC urges applicants who had received FRCAC funding before to be mindful that the new application either presents a different direction from the previously supported study, or the proposal would be a significant advancement. Furthermore, FRCAC believes that this grant seeking process would foster good communication skills among the research community and they would be valuable when seeking funds from outside agencies.  The Office of Research Services at MTSU is available to assist faculty in developing grant proposals for external funding.



Important Dates for 2018/19 Funding Year

The deadlines for completing a proposal or a nomination for the current academic year are listed below:


Fall Session
Start Date: August 15, 2018 - CLOSED
Deadline: September 17, 2018 
Research funds for 2018/19
Summer Stipend for 2019
Start Date: January 15, 2019
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Research funds for 2019/20
Summer Stipend for 2019
Start: August 15, 2018 - CLOSED
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Distinguished Research Award - All of the nomination documents, support materials and letters of reference must be complete by 5pm on 3/1/2019
Start: August 15, 2018 - CLOSED
Deadline: March 1, 2019
Creative Activity Award - All of the nomination documents, support materials and letters of reference must be complete by 5pm on 3/1/2019


Important Instructions

Please navigate through the links for information regarding the types of awards, the application and review procedures, guidelines for preparing the proposals, the criteria used in evaluating proposals, eligibility of applicants and other important details.  

  • Applicants are strongly urged to read and they MUST follow these guidelines carefully.
  • Proposals must follow the format and style presented on the guidelines page
  • Only electronic submissions are accepted and paper proposals will not be considered.   
  • Send your  electronically filled and electronically signed application packet to frcac@mtsu.edu.  
  • Attaching the following documents as separate files with your application packet if applicable:
    •  Final Reports for all of the previous FRCAC grants (if received funding previously)
    • Responses/rebuttal to reviewers comments (if this is a resubmission).  



Budget Guidelines

Review Criteria


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Phone: 615-494-7600
Fax: 615-898-5028

Types of Grants
Proposal Guidelines
Review Criteria
Recipient's Responsibilities