Budget Guidelines

FRCAC grants are expected to serve as "seed money" to generate preliminary data or provide dissemination and/or performance opportunites 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 FRCAC 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 (interdiscplinary 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:

Summer Stipend:

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.  

One Pi - The Summer Stipend can be requested only by the PI (or Co-PI but not by both) who is/are hired as a full-time tenure track faculty member at MTSU.  Untenured faculty members may receive up to 4 (FOUR) summer salary stipend grants in total. These may be awarded on four consecutive summers. Tenured faculty members (regardless of rank) may receive as many as 3 (THREE) summer salary grants in a six year period, as long as they are not within two consecutive summers.  

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

Summer Course Equivalency % Academic Year Salary
3 Credit Hours FULL
2 Credit Hours FULL or HALF
1 Credit Hour HALF

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

FRCAC supports funding for equipment that is needed for research. FRCAC 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 FRCAC committee. 

Personnel and Student Researchers

FRCAC will consider funding additional personnel (i.e., a graduate student or outside consultant) necessary to complete your project. Monday for student workers will be paid through MTSU payroll.

  • Outside consultants or others providing services will need to submit an invoice to the FRCAC 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. FRCAC 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 other funding sources such as, URECA, STEP-MT, McNair, or TLSAMP. All of these programs and application procedures are available at the Undergraduate Research Center

Travel Funds

  1. FRCAC 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 directof of 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.


ING Building, Garden Level

Program Manager:
Dr. Jamie Burriss
Email: Jamie.Burriss@mtsu.edu
Phone: 615-494-7669