MT-IGO* Budget Guidelines

(*Formerly known as FRCAC)

MT-IGO grants are expected to serve as "seed money" to generate preliminary data or provide dissemination and/or performance opportunities for research and creative activity proposals to be submitted to external granting agencies. It is crucial that grant seekers provide a compelling case for why MT-IGO should award them their requested funds. In addition, applicants must also provide justification for each item in their budget proposal.


Faculty may request funding up to $10,000.
Synergy grants (interdisciplinary grants or multiple applicants) may request more but must be justified adequately.
Funding must be used only for the purposes approved by the committee; changes in the use of funds requires prior approval from the ORSP Program Manager.
Except as noted above, items that may be requested are listed below:

Extra Compensation:

Funding can be requested for either $6,500 (full stipend) or $3,250 (half stipend). Applicants must make a clear judgment on the fund requirements before making a request. The justification can include various aspects, such as the time commitment and why the stipend is essential to complete the research goals. Applicants must also provide details on other commitments that may influence their productivity, teaching and service, while carrying out the proposed activities.  

Extra compensation can be requested only by the PI and Co-PI who are hired as a full-time tenure track faculty member at MTSU.  The maximum request for extra compensation is $6,500.  Therefore, if both the PI and Co-PI are seeking extra compensation for their time on the project, they may request $3,250 for the PI and $3,250 for the Co-PI. 

PIs may refer to the chart below to estimate what would be a realistic request for extra compensation.  

Course Equivalency Clock Hours % Academic Year Salary
3 Credit Hours 150 FULL
2 Credit Hours 100 FULL or HALF
1 Credit Hour 50 HALF

IMPORTANT:  Stipend payments are received by the applicant when the project has been completed and the Final Report has been submitted. Please note that the stipend is subject to applicable federal/state and local taxes.   

Equipment, Supplies and Operations Costs

MT-IGO supports funding for equipment that is needed for research. MT-IGO will consider funding the purchase or rental of any item(s) that cannot be provided by your department that are necessary to carry out your project. Include a letter from your department chair stating that departmental funds are unavailable for the proposed purchases or rental. The committee may decline to fund purchases that can be awarded through other grants or that are traditionally acquired by faculty personally. If you are granted funds to purchase equipment, it should remain the property of MTSU for future departmental use. Note: Laptops/computers are not considered fundable, necessary items by the MT-IGO committee. 

Personnel and Student Researchers

MT-IGO will consider funding additional personnel (i.e., undergraduate or graduate students, outside consultant, etc.) necessary to complete your project. Student workers will be paid through MTSU payroll.

  • Outside consultants or others providing services will need to submit an invoice to the MT-IGO office.
    Note: Services provided by outside consultants that will cost more than $500 must have a service contract completed before services are contracted. For more information please contact the MTSU Contracts Office.
  • All MTSU personnel funded by the grant must be paid through the MTSU payroll.
  • Students are hired as student workers and paid on an hourly wage. MT-IGO awards do not pay tuition and GA stipends. Those are awarded through departments and follow guidelines within Graduate Studies.

Applicants are urged to help undergraduate collaborators apply for funding through the Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity program.  More information and application procedures are available at the Undergraduate Research Center

Travel Funds

  1. MT-IGO will consider funding travel necessary to carry out your project.
  2. Faculty must complete and submit travel authorizations, travel claims, and any other necessary paperwork with the university's Travel Office, just as they do with all other university-related travel. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs must approve the travel authorizations and travel claims in addition to other necessary approvers.
  3. Travel to conferences or seminars are not eligible for funding.

Applicants are urged to help undergraduate collaborators apply for travel funding through URECA.  Graduate students may request for travel assistance through the College of Graduate Studies travel fund.

For research projects needing microscopy-related services, please remember to add the total hourly fees to the budget estimate. For more information on fees and facilities of MIMIC, please visit the website.

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         Dr. Jamie Burriss