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Funding for Liberal Arts Grant-Writers (FLAG)

Program Guidelines

Funding for Liberal Arts Grant-Writers (FLAG) is a program designed to encourage Liberal Arts employees to seek external grant support, both public and private, for appropriate research projects. FLAG is funded by the Office of the Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Office of Research. 


Funding consideration will be extended to:

  • fulltime CLA employees,
  • seeking external support of at least $5000

For those meeting eligibility, FLAG can provide one payment within a 12 month period.


For first time FLAG recipients, the award is $2000. Previous recipients can receive up to $1000.


Outline— As part of the FLAG application process, the outline of the proposal should begin with a brief statement of the project and its significance. The outline should be sufficiently detailed to give reviewers an idea of what will be discussed in each major section and what will be required to make the proposal viable. If more than one PI is involved, the role of each should be made clear. PIs are urged to discuss the basic idea with a program officer before submitting.

Timeline— The timeline should include at least monthly milestones along the path to submitting the proposal.


The maximum FLAG award is $2000. If there is more than one PI, funding will be split according to percentage of effort. Justification and distribution of work must be addressed in the FLAG application. Additionally, only Liberal Arts' PIs will be compensated and groups cannot exceed three members.


Resubmissions of previously unsuccessful grants are no longer eligible for funding under FLAG.


Renewals are no longer eligible for FLAG funding.


Review of FLAG applications is carried out by an interdisciplinary CLA committee. An attempt will be made to review as soon as possible and communicate the comments to the PIs. Reviewer comments are provided if the proposal is declined. There are no formal deadlines for submitting an application to this program; however, PIs are advised to leave adequate time for review.

Distribution of Funds

Payment will be authorized for PI(s) of approved FLAG projects at the point that the grant has been written and has received support of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (for federal or state grants) or the Development Office (for private grants). Both offices have personnel that can assist in the writing process as well as internal forms which must be forwarded to the FLAG committee indicating that the grant application is complete and appears viable. PIs will need to work with the FLAG committee to ensure that the award distribution does not exceed pay allotments for teaching in summer sessions.

PI Responsibilities

PIs should keep the committee informed as to the acceptance status of the grant proposal.

On-Campus Resources

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (state and federal grants)

  • Dr. Myra Norman, mnorman@mtsu.edu, 898.5005
  • Dr. Samantha Cantrell, scantrel@mtsu.edu, 898.5005

Development Office (private grants)


Please direct questions about FLAG or the application process to:

Dr. Hilary Miller, committee chair
Todd Hall 231, Box 546
Dr. Rebecca Conard, History
Dr. Clay Harris, Geoscience
Dr. Felicia Miyakawa, Music


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