Apply for Internal Grants

Grant Program NameDescriptionDeadline & Application Link (if available)Eligibility
University Research Council Grants (URC)The mission of the University Research Council is to stimulate, encourage, and support research across all segments of the University community. The URC is committed to a broad and inclusive definition of research, including both pure and applied research as well as scholarly creative endeavors. Each year, a portion of the facilities & administrative (F&A) or indirect funds generated by external grants and contracts are used to support faculty research activities with grant awards of up to $5,000. The University Research Council reviews proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Chief Research Officer. Contact grs@appstate.edu.

Fall review –Noon, October 15, 2019, and 3rd Tuesday in October annually thereafter.

Spring review –Noon, March 3, 2020, and 1st Tuesday in March annually thereafter.

All full-time EHRA faculty and non-faculty employees are eligible to apply
Board of Trustees International Research Travel Grants (BOT)These awards provide travel funds for faculty members whose research projects require travel outside the United States. The goal of the program is to support international research at Appalachian. Proposals for research in both basic and applied/professional fields are welcome. These awards will fund foreign travel to libraries, archives, museums, laboratories, computer facilities, natural settings, government agencies, corporations, etc. that is essential to the research described in the proposal. These awards cannotbe used for the following:Travel to conferences to disseminate research results, Travel for the purpose of making presentations or keynote speeches, Travel for research required for completion of a degree or certificate, Research supplies or other non-travel expenses. Noon, February 6, 2020, and 1st Thursday in February annually thereafter. All full-time EHRA faculty and non-faculty employees are eligible to apply
Scholarship of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Grants (SDEI)These awards support research that will assist in developing a vision and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and in fostering and sustaining diversity through Appalachian State University and the community. Grant proposals may address any topic that will investigate issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Research & programmatic topics may include, but are not limited to, disparities on enrollment and retention rates of underrepresented groups, identification of high-impact practices in college success for underrepresented groups, inclusive classroom environment and curricula, effects of socioeconomic status on academic performance, underrepresented groups and workforce development, diverse environments and creativity, diverse workforce as competitive advantage on problem solving, etc. The project should include students as active participants in experimental design, data collection, and/or analysis of results. The project should have potential for being expanded upon in the future and/or for encouraging further, externally funded research on diversity and inclusion. This grant will fund: research supplies, equipment, or services (e.g. data sets), compensation for subjects, travel for purposes of gathering data, consulting archives and collections, or collaborating with colleagues when necessary. This grant will NOT fund: faculty, staff, or student salaries, conference support, purely instructional projects, event programming, food/drink/entertainment expenses.Noon, October 1, 2019All full-time EHRA faculty and non-faculty employees are eligible to apply
Summer Stipend for Writing A Grant (SWAG)The Summer Stipend for Writing a Grant (SWAG) program supports the development of competitive grant applications for external funding by providing selected faculty with a Summer Session I stipend of $3500. Applicants must prepare a complete draft grant application ready for submission to an external sponsor. A complete draft grant application consists of an abstract/summary; narrative/project description; references/bibliography; budget/budget justification; and, any other materials required by the sponsor (work samples, letters of support, etc.). The complete draft proposal must be submitted to the External Draft Intervention Team (EDIT) for review by the end of Summer Session II. The recipient must also begin an AGrants entry by the end of Summer II. The complete proposal must be submitted to an external sponsor within 12 months of Summer SWAG award notice. 

Noon, September 17, 2019

Application: https://appstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1790444 

All faculty members who are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators on externally funded grants. 
Faculty Reassigned Time Grants (FRT)The Faculty Reassigned Time (FRT) for Proposal Development program supports the development of competitive grant applications for external funding by providing selected faculty with reassigned time (course release). Faculty members who are eligible to serve as principal investigators (PI) on externally funded grants are encouraged to apply for funding. Applicants must prepare a complete draft grant application ready for submission to an external sponsor. A complete draft grant application consists of an abstract/summary; narrative/project description; references/bibliography; budget/budget justification; and, any other materials required by the sponsor (work samples, letters of support, etc.). The complete draft proposal will be due within 12 months of the reassigned time award notification.

Fall Review - Noon, August 16, 2019, and Friday prior to the start of classes each August annually thereafter.

Application: https://appstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1790049 

Spring Review - Noon, January 10, 2020, and Friday prior to the start of classes each January annually thereafter.

All faculty members who are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators on externally funded grants. 
Research Development Travel Grants (RDTG)Funds up to $1,000 will be granted to meet with program officers at federal funding agencies.Appalachian State University faculty and staff are eligible for this program. Priority is given to early career faculty who are planning to apply to specific agency programs or those who have received prior positive reviews and are in the process of revision and resubmission of a research proposal. These awards are to be used to defray the costs of travel to external funding agencies in order to meet with program officers to discuss proposals, agency programs, upcoming funding opportunities, and proposal strategies. Requests can support airfare and/or lodging (consistent with university policies).

Rolling Deadline.

Application: https://appstate.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1775328

Any faculty or indefinite status staff member is eligible to apply. Others may apply with the appropriate permissions of both the Dean/Division Head and the Vice Provost for Research. Principal investigators may apply for only one Research Development Travel Grant in a twelve-month period.
RIEEE CONCERT GrantsThe Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) was established to underscore the University’s dedication to sustainability by fostering interdisciplinary research that crosses the core research areas described broadly as:
  • Environmental Systems;
  • Human Energy Systems; and
  • Economic Systems
In order to support this mission, the RIEEE sponsors theCONducting ComplEx Research Together (CONCERT) Grants to assist faculty and staff who are engaged with the community on issues of sustainability.Funding will support new, existing, or developing research projects that involve more than one of the RIEEE core research areas and are performed by collaborative, interdisciplinary teams. These research clusters may be composed of faculty members, graduate or undergraduate students, EHRA staff, and others such as research professors and external collaborators.Proposals should correspond to the missions of the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center (SAEREC), the Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA), and the Appalachian Energy Center (AEC). We encourage projects involving the collection and analysis of “big data” to collaborate with faculty members in the Computer Science Department.We further encouragePIs funded through the CONCERT mechanism to submit external proposals through RIEEE or the related centers.
 All full-time EHRA faculty and non-faculty employees are eligible to apply 
Appalachian Innovation Schiolars ProgramThe Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program supports innovative research and practice by Appalachian faculty and staff throughout all disciplines and program areas on campus. The program supports faculty and staff thought leaders who are working creatively and entrepreneurially to:
  • address challenges;
  • create lasting Institutional change;
  • provide community and societal benefits;
  • establish opportunities that increase student engagement with research, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship; and
  • promote broad-based sustainability in the areas of economics, equity, and the environment.
The programs is intended to compliment other innovation initiatives at the university, such as those offered through RIEEE, Office of Sustainability, Office of Research, AppLab, IDEX, and others.Scholars may each receive support of up to $10,000. While there is a strong emphasis on projects completed within one year, applications will be considered for a two-year support cycle. Applicants whose grants require an expense of more than $5,000 within one semester are asked to address this in their application. Projects, approaches and results might include, but are not limited to:
  • research that leads to innovative thought within a discipline;
  • the development of new classes;
  • campus events that promote innovation;
  • student engagement experiences that build community and support creative and data-based approaches to arrive at solutions;
  • design initiatives that address a campus, community or societal challenge; and
  • partnerships with town, county, state, national or international partners.
Projects that support or connect university strategic initiatives are welcome. These initiatives include: sustainability in the areas of economics, equity and the environment; diversity; student research; global learning; wellness and safety; and community and civic engagement.
  All full-time EHRA faculty and non-faculty employees are eligible to apply

Other select opportunities are available for: