Instructions and Proposal Guidelines

To be considered for a review, the application must adhere to the following guidelines and it should include all of the required documents.  Additionally, the applicant must satisfy the eligibility criteria.

Format Specifications for the Proposal

Applicants are requested to use the most recent application for requesting FRCAC funds (refer to FRCAC website for most recent application). The completed applications must be sent only by email to Attach all of the supporting documents to the submission email.  

To be considered for review, the application must adhere to the following guidelines and it should include all of the required documents: 


  • Application, proposal, any attachments, and final reports must be submitted to
  • Proposals must conform to the format and content presented in the instructions.
  • No changes to the application are allowed after the deadline. No exceptions.
  • Click here to read the review evaluation criteria. 


  • Project summary with an overview, statement of intellectual merit, and statement regarding broader impacts
  • Proposal budget and justification, if requesting funding for any of the following:
    • Senior/Key Personnel
    • Other Personnel (ex: student worker, graduate assistant, transcriptionist, etc.)
    • Equipment over $500
    • Travel (mileage/flight, lodging, per diem)
    • Operational Costs (ex:  supplies/materials, publication fees, consultant fees, etc.)
    • Review allowable costs here
  • Project description (not to exceed 5 pages)
  • Biographical sketch (not to exceed 2 pages per investigator)
  • Response to reviewers' comments (if applicable)
  • Appendix items
  • Signatures - electronic signatures of the following are required for each application:
    • PI(s)/Co-PI(s)
    • Department Chair/Co-PI Chair
    • College Dean/Co-PI Dean


Provide a technical abstract, not exceeding 1,200 characters. Since FRCAC consists of diverse members with a variety of expertise, you may also submit a non-technical abstract in less than 1,200 characters. You must submit at least one (1) abstract.


Provide specifics on your study. Use either Arial (11pt) or Times New Roman (12pt) with a minimum line spacing of 1.5.  Page limit: 5 pages. The narrative should follow this outline:

  • Introduction/Background - 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. 
  • 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.
  • Design and 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.  
  • Resources - Describe the resources necessary to carry out the project, including those already available and those requested in the budget. Click here to see Budget Guidelines.
  • Other available 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.
  • Dissemination & Potential External Funding Requests - Describe 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).
  • Significance -Justify the significance of the proposed project in 2 pages or less using the following outline.
    • Innovation
    • Significance to the PI's field
    • Benefits to the applicant's long-term research goals
    • Future plans for the proposal including external funding
    • Potential impact on MTSU
  • References
  • Illustrations - If needed, provide figures and charts that correspond to your narrative as images. Please place within the text of the proposal.


Provide a current biosketch for the project applicant(s). Use either Arial (11pt) or Times New Roman (12pt) with a minimum line spacing of 1.5.  Page limit: 2 pages.


  • 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: 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.


Submit a copy of your final report(s) from all previous FRCAC funding.



If the proposal is a resubmission, please directly respond to the reviewers' comments. Page limit: 2 pages.


Any supporting budget justification, price quotes, IRB/IACUC status, co-investigator/co-PI CVs, certifications, and etc. may be submitted with the application. Not to be used for additional narrative space. FRCAC requires applicants to send the following documents (but not limited to):

  1. Proposed Survey instruments that will be used in the research
  2. Collaborative Agreement documentation with external entities
  3. Letters of support from collaborator(s)
  4. 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.
  5. Permission letters and certifications if applicable
  6. Letter of publisher interest for book proposals
  7. Final reports from all previous FRCAC grants - SEND AS A SEPARATE FILE
  8. If project involves human subjects or vertebrate animals, please complete the IRB/IACUC Status Form and submit with your application.

Research Requiring Oversight:


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