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Type of Grants

Individual Faculty Awards are the traditional means by which the FRCAC provides funding for research and scholarship at MTSU.  However, recently we have increased the types of grants to five different kinds in two general categories.

Two General Types of Grants

"Research" is generally defined as the organized investigation or study of a problem in order to gain new knowledge or make use of a new approach to analyze existing data. The solution to the problem may either have broad relevance or direct application to issues of practical importance. Examples: Research may include, but is not limited to: 1) scientific investigation and data acquisition; 2) empirical studies; 3) analytical literature searches which result in substantial modification of existing explanations of events; 4) development of book proposals; 5) dissemination of the results of the research; and 6) analytical and historical studies of literature, arts, and related fields.

"Creative Activity" includes the creation, production, exhibition, performance, or publication of creative works by one or more individuals that demonstrate originality in design or execution. Creative projects eligible for funding should include a clear articulation of the scholarly process, a definable product, and a mechanism for outside review and/or dissemination. The product of creative activity may be disseminated to academic, consumer, and to government or other such agency through original artwork, live performances, exhibits, consumer and other print media, academic journals, books, photographs, film, reports, video recordings, audio recordings, graphic designs, digital imaging, or other technologies, all consistent with standard scholarly practice in the discipline. Typically, the significance accorded the creative activity depends on the audience and the recognition it achieves-local, regional, national, or international.

Five Specific Types of Grants

  • Individual Applicant
  • Multiple Applicants
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • External Grant Proposal Writing

Individual Applicant.  This type of grant is from one and only one faculty member as the sole investigator.

Multiple Applicants.  This type of grant is from one designated principal investigator and as many co-investigator as the project warrants.  This type of grant recognizes that research is most often conducted by teams of researchers with various expertises within the same department and/or discipline.

Interdisciplinary.  This type of grant is specifically targeted for multiple applicants from different departments and/or disciplines and encourages faculty to collaborate on larger projects, especially those that target external funding sources and emphasize the need for preliminary data to be competitive. One designated Principal Investigator must be identified as the contact person. 

Program Development and Evaluation.  This type of grant is intended for research into problems and programs of concern to the public and reflects the application of faculty scholarship to issues related to societal well-being.  The proposal may include multiple applicants within or across departments, or only one applicant, but the primary focus will be on research into social problems and solutions. 

External Grant Proposal Writing.  This type of grant provides funding for reassigned time during the academic year to write proposals for external funding of research and creative activities.  The proposal must identify the specific agency intended.

When to Submit 

The FRCAC meets twice each academic year to evaluate proposals; once in the Fall Semester and once in the Spring Semester.  Deadlines are typically the middle of September and the middle of March.  Specific dates are given for each year on the Deadlines link on the homepage.

What to Submit

Applications may be submitted for:

  • Summer Salary only;
  • Academic Year Funds only;
  • Combined Academic Year and Summer Salary

If Summer Salary is requested, the application must be received by the FALL deadline preceding the summer for which salary is being requested.  Funds requested to be used during the summer to support work (supplies, travel, student help, etc) may be applied for at any deadline. These funds are also referred to as academic year funds.

Who may Submit

Grants are available only to full-time tenure track and tenured faculty.  Preference is given to untenured, tenure-track faculty, although proposals from tenured faculty will also be considered. Full-time temps, adjuncts, graduate and undergraduate students, administrators (including Deans) may not apply, however they may be listed as additional personnel as assistants or consultants or as needed for pay for specific skills (i.e., transcription, data entry, equipment specialist).

Where to Submit

Grant proposals, nominations for distinguished awards and reference letters suppoting the nominees must be sent electronically to in proper format as outlined in this website.  Questions and concerns may also be sent to  Applicants must follow these general guidelines before emailing your submission packet

  • Faculty members submitting proposals are strongly urged to read and they MUST follow these guidelines carefully
  • Proposals must follow the format and style presented on these web pages
  • Only electronic submissions are accepted and paper proposals will not be considered.   If you have no other option,please email for assistance
  • The application document must be collatted into a single-PDF packet
  • FRCAC will attempt to work with applicants if any documentation should be missing provided the application was received well before the deadline. Once the deadline is passed, not changes will be allowed to the application and not further addition or removal will be entertained



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