Application and Proposal Guidelines

There are two components required when applying for a FRCAC grant:
(1) an application, and
(2) the proposal.  


The application can be accessed using this link.  Once the application has been submitted, it will be routed to the proper individuals for signatures.  Within the application, the following information will be requested:

  • Contact information for PI, Co-PI (if applicable), Chair, and Dean.
  • Project summary.  The project summary must include the following components:
    • Overview of the project
    • Statement of intellectual merit
    • Statement regarding broader impacts
  • Proposal budget and justification.  
    • Proposal budget.  This section is required if the PI is requesting funding for any of the following:
      • Senior/Key Personnel
      • Other Personnel such as a student worker, graduate assistant, transcriptionist, etc.
      • Equipment over $500
      • Travel including mileage/flight, lodging, per diem
      • Operational Costs such as supplies/materials, publication fees, consultant fees, etc.
      • Review allowable costs
    • Budget justification:
      • Senior Personnel: PI’s may request a full stipend ($6,500), half-stipend ($3,250), or no stipend. If a project contains multiple PI’s, only one stipend may be split between the PI’s.
      • Other Personnel: Any student workers must be graduate students & paid on an hourly basis. Tuition and fees cannot be paid by FRCAC.
      • Equipment: $500 or more. Requested equipment must not be currently owned by the applicant’s department, or the applicant cannot access the equipment. Mandatory attachments (a) letter from chair stating funds not available to purchase the equipment; (b) competing price quotes; (c) sole supplier certificate from vendor if quotes from multiple sellers not available. LAPTOPS AND OTHER COMPUTER EQUIPMENT MAY NOT BE PURCHASED WITH FRCAC FUNDS.
      • Travel: All travel expenses must be related to scholarship for the project. FRCAC funds cannot be used to fund conference travel.
      • Operational Costs: Includes equipment under $500, supplies, chemicals, materials, compensation to human participants, etc. Disallowed costs include conference registrations, publication costs, food, hospitality, cost of transporting team members, gifts/incentives, and other recreational expenses.
  • PDF upload of proposal.  See below for proposal requirements.


To be considered for review, the proposal must be in Times New Roman, 12 point font, saved as a PDF, and include the following components:

  • Non-technical abstract (not to exceed 1,200 words)
  • Project description (not to exceed 5 pages) including the following components:
    • Brief introduction including a problem statement if applicable; briefly review the literature to provide a context for the project's significance to current scholarship/research in your field. 
    • Background & Specific Aims. Include the objectives and the significance of the proposed research or creative activity; describe the contribution your project will make to the field; discuss the hypothesis to be tested or the specific thesis or research questions under examination.
    • Methodology of Research or Creative Activity. Describe the methodology for the project, including data collection, sampling, or other procedures. Provide evidence of the efficacy of your methodology. Describe any survey instruments that will be used and provide copies of those instruments in the attachments. Describe, in detail, the activity to be carried out. For example, discuss the specific methods of production or performance including details of construction, composition, editing, etc., using media appendices as examples where appropriate.
    • Milestones and Timeline. Outline your schedule for completion of each of the major components of the project, from beginning to completion including potential challenges and alternative strategies.  
    • Describe the resources necessary to carry out the project, including those already available and those requested in the budget. 
    • Future External Funding. Describe your strategies for seeking external funding for the project. The Committee is interested to know how a grant from the FRCAC can serve as seed funding for a project that will later be competitive for external funding.
    • DisseminationDescribe how the results of the project will be disseminated (e.g., the publication of a book, a chapter, a journal article, a public performance, an art exhibition, or a production).
      • Justify the significance of the proposed project addressing the following: (1) innovation, (2) significance to the PI's field, (3) benefits to the applicant's long-term research goals, (4) future plans for the proposal including external funding, (5) potential impact on MTSU.
  • References
  • Illustrations (if applicable)
  • Biographical sketch (not to exceed 2 pages per investigator)
  • Response to reviewers' comments (spring applicants only)
  • Final Report from previous FRCAC funding (if applicable)
  • Appendix.  Any supporting budget justification, price quotes, IRB/IACUC status, co-investigator/co-PI CVs, certifications, and etc. may be submitted with the application.  FRCAC requires submission of the following documents, if applicable:
    • Proposed survey instruments that will be used in the research.
    • Collaborative Agreement documentation with external entities.
    • Letters of support from collaborator(s).
    • Price quotes from vendors for any proposed purchases. Please note that FRCAC follows the MTSU guidelines for purchasing equipment and supplies. Consult with your Department's accounting specialist.
    • Permission letters and certifications, if applicable.
    • Letter of publisher interest for book proposals
    • If project involves human subjects or vertebrate animals, please complete the IRB/IACUC Status Form and submit with your application.



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Program Manager:
Dr. Jamie Burriss
Phone: 615-494-7669