Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC)

FRCAC is a group of distinguished faculty who are committed to ongoing scholarly advancement through academic research.  The purpose of the FRCAC is to review research and creative grant proposals submitted by faculty members from a wide range of scholarly disciplines, and to award funding for selected proposals.  The committee reviews proposals twice during academic year, in September and in February. 

The committee is accountable to the Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, and consists of the following members:  (2) members (or representatives) from each academic college including Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Media and Entertainment; (5) at-large members, and (2) trainees. 

The University and FRCAC enthusiastically support faculty research and creative activity by providing seed money for 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 is mindful when such proposals are reviewed.  Although repeated funding requests are not discouraged, the committee aims to support the research and creative efforts of new applicants who present a distinctive focus from a previously supported study.  The FRCAC believe this grant seeking process will foster practical communication skills among the research community that will prove valuable when seeking funds from outside agencies.  The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at MTSU is available to assist faculty in developing grant proposals for external funding.

In addition to reviewing grant proposals, the FRCAC also reviews nominations for distinguished awards including the Creative Activity Award and the Distinguished Research Award.

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 - OPEN
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 - OPEN
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 - OPEN
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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