General Eligibility Criteria
To qualify for one of the grant funds or annual awards, the beneficiary must be a full-time tenure track faculty member at MTSU. FRCAC encourages faculty members from every rank and tenure status to send their proposal for funding. In instances where a proposal from a senior faculty member is equal competition with a proposal from a junior faculty member, the committee usually the following eligibility criteria to determine how to make its recommendation.
All other considerations being equal, the committee will give preference to:
- fund an untenured faculty member's proposal who is at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor;
- new activity versus continuing activity;
- faculty members who have not received a research award for two years or more;
- untenured faculty members who have received less than four summer salaries/stipends - summer stipend may be requested in consecutive years;
- tenured faculty members who have received less than three summer salaries/stipends - may not be requested in consecutive years;
- faculty members who have been granted an award previously and completed their activity and submitted the final questionnaire to the committee within 3 months of completion; Turning in final reports the day of new FRCAC requests does not constitute proper FRCAC project close-out.
- Summer Stipend awards are open to all tenure-track faculty regardless of their rank or tenure status,
- All of the untenured faculty members may receive up to 4 summer stipend grants total. These may be awarded on four consecutive summers.
- Tenured faculty members may receive as many as 3 summer stipends in a six year period, as long as they are not within two consecutive summers.
- In total, a faculty member may not receive more than 6 summer stipends in total. The previously awarded summer salaries will also count towards the final total.
- A faculty member may receive up to one course reassigned time per semester.
- The faculty applicant may also receive up to two consecutive semesters of reassigned time.
- Total Limits on Reassigned Time: Each faculty member may receive up to three semesters of FRCAC-funded reassigned time every six years.
- Applicants can request up to 2 consecutive semesters and summer funding (a full year) at a time. This includes reassigned time, equipment, lab costs, supplies, etc.
- When funding is granted, the recipient will not be eligible to receive new FRCAC funding until 12 months have passed AND the applicant must not have an active FRCAC funding account when the application is submitted.
- Additional funding will not be granted for "continuations" of projects that have already been funded.
- Except for reassigned time and summer stipend, faculty shall have no more than two projects funded in a period of six years.
- The applicant will be allowed to receive simultaneous funding from a different granting agency (both internal and external) as long as they are not for the same specific aims. For example, one grant may fund student interns and/or pay for equipment while FRCAC may sponsor faculty stipend and/or supplies.
- Funding may be used only for the purposes approved by the committee. Changes in the use of funds must be approved by the committee.
The committee requires a final report on all projects. Failure to submit a final report will result in sanctions not only to the individual but the department.
- Reporting - When appropriate, the committee granting funds for a project lasting more than
one semester or summer may require interim progress reports before disbursing money
for a second semester or summer.
- Failure to submit a report and asked to remind the faculty member of his/her obligation.
- The applicant's Deparment Chair will be reminded that the failure to report reflects badly on the department as a whole and may influence decisions to grant funds to other faculty in the department.
- If a department shows a pattern of not submitting complete final reports, proposals
from that department may (in extreme cases) be rejected for a period of (at most)
Faculty member who fails to submit a final report within the designated period will not be eligible to receive funds again for a four year period after the report is finally submitted.
Although applicants may continue to make requests within the limits stated above (and others voted on earlier), all other things being equal, priority for grants will always go to faculty that has not been granted funds within the past four years.
- Refer to the Application Instructions and Proposal Guidelines for more information on allowable costs for FRCAC projects.