Public Service Grant FAQ Decision Guide

Administered by MTSU's University College, these grants support projects and activities that enhance the university's public service mission, making the specialized knowledge and expertise of its faculty and professional staff available to the region, state, nation, and the community at large. Public Service grants must support well-defined, time-limited outreach and service projects.

  1. Funding Allowances/Restrictions
    1. Does this grant provide funding for:
      1. Personnel
        1. Academic year faculty course release/reassign time? No
        2. Academic year faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? Honorarium available
        3. Summer faculty stipends (i.e., extra pay)? No
        4. Full-time Temporary (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        5. Adjunct (non-tenure-track) faculty? No
        6. Academic year graduate or undergraduate student support? No
        7. Summer graduate or undergraduate student support? No

      2. Equipment and Travel
        1. Equipment/supplies/materials? Yes
        2. Travel to a workshop or training program? No
        3. Travel to attend a conference? No

      3. What are the most important attributes ofunsuccessful proposals? Proposals do not meet the University Mission for Public Service or do not complete all requirements and guidelines outlined in the proposal.

      4. Does this grant provide funds for projects longer than one year? Yes, but initial public service proposals and efforts are given priority over continuing program or activity. Applicants are encouraged to seek other sources of funding for subsequent program/activity offerings.

      5. Does this grant have restrictions on or preferences for when faculty may reapply after having received an award? No

      6. Does the grant committee prioritize proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure-track)? No, applications are evaluated in order of submission.

      7. Does the grant committee restrict proposals according to faculty status (e.g., rank, tenured, tenure- track)? All full-time faculty are eligible to apply. Professional staff may apply only with a faculty member.

  2. Major Positive and Negative Aspects of Proposals to the Grant
    1. What are the most important attributes of successfulproposals? Grants support projects and activities that enhance the university's public service mission, making the specialized knowledge and expertise of its faculty and professional staff available to the region, state, nation, and the community at large. Public Service grants must support well-defined, time limited outreach and service projects.

    2. Does your committee allow revisions or resubmissions of rejected proposals? No

  3. Details of Awards for this Grant
    1. Total funds available in past year: $23,726 (2013-14)
    2. Mean grant size funded in past year: $1,114
    3. Range of grants awarded in past year: $300 to $7,272
    4. Number of awards funded in past year: 14 

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