The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC) is responsible to the Vice Provost for Research, who is also the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, for reviewing and recommending grant awards to faculty members in support of scholarly activity. Proposals are reviewed three times during the academic year. The following outline provides information regarding the types of awards, the application and review procedures, some guidelines for preparing the proposals, and the criteria used in evaluating proposals. Faculty members submitting proposals are strongly urged to read and follow these guidelines carefully.
Because of the diversity of disciplines on campus, proposals can vary by the type of activity pursued, the time frame for which funding is being requested, and the funding category for which the award is considered. Since these factors inform the review process, particular attention should be given to details specific to those categories. Grants are available for both Research and Creative Activity. Proposals requesting Summer Salary will be considered if submitted on or before the Fall deadline only.
The University and this committee are enthusiastic in their support of faculty research and creative activity. Our goal is not only to grant awards to complete projects, but also to provide seed money for work that can lead to and strengthen the case for external funding. Repeated funding requests to the FRCAC are therefore discouraged. Furthermore, it is hoped that in this process of proposal submission and review, faculty skills will be developed that will enable the writing of more effective grant proposals to outside agencies. The Office of Research Services at MTSU is available to assist faculty in developing grant proposals for external funding. Therefore, the quality of your proposal and attention to proposal preparation guidelines will be important factors in the committee review criteria.