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ETSU sponsors several internal funding programs, which are listed below. Each has its own set of eligibility requirements, funding levels and deadlines.

Table of Contents:

Presidential Grants-In-Aid

Research Development Committee

Instructional Development Grants

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants

Summer Research Fellowship in Arts and Sciences

Travel Award for Arts and Sciences Faculty

Presidential Grants-In-Aid Guidelines 

Presidential Grants-in-Aid may be awarded for planned programs of faculty development that enhance teaching, research development or service. Primarily for faculty development, the mission of the program is to fund activities that will enhance a faculty member's credentials or the ability to conduct teaching, research, and/or service.  For more information on eligibility and the application process, refer to the guidelines linked below.  For current deadlines, please scroll down.


For PGIA guidelines:

Please note:

         Faculty eligibility status was broadened in 2011 to include Faculty in the following categories: Tenured and Tenure-Track, Research Track, Clinical Track, Lecturers.

         Applications must be submitted on the appropriate form (revised 11/11), in MS Word format, which can be accessed via the link above. Applications submitted on previous versions of the form will not be reviewed

         Supporting material should be provided as a link, inserted image, or a scanned file.

         Applicant, Chair and Dean signatures are not required at time of submission but will be needed before disbursement of the award.  However, the applicant is encouraged to solicit comments from these individuals prior to submission

         Completed applications in MS Word format should be e-mailed to Carla Landreth at   It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm that the application has been received.  If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt, please check with Carla Landreth at 95888.

         Members of the Committee may be consulted to help in the preparation of the application.  These individuals are:  Brian Rowe, David Tarnoff, Bert Lampson, Fred Mackara, Thomas Crofts, Patricia Hayes, and Ed Dwyer.

         Dr. Brian Rowe is the Chair of the Presidential Grants-in-Aid Committee.


 Deadlines for fiscal 2014-15 are as follows:

Activities July through September:  May 30, 2014

Activities October through December:  September 5, 2014

Activities January through March:  November 14, 2014

Activities April through June:  March 6, 2015


Research Development Committee Grants for Faculty

The Research Development Committee, composed of two faculty members from each college and also of past award recipients, is responsible for distributing internal funds to support research.  Major Research Grants up to $10,000 as well as Small Research Grants up to $1,500 are available.  Beginning with FY09, Interdisciplinary Grants are also available. 



Instructional Development Grants

Instructional Development Grants provide up to $5,000 for special projects in which faculty implement and assess innovative methods to enhance student learning at ETSU.  The committee weighs teaching innovations more highly than requests for equipment.  The deadlines for submitting applications are sent to all faculty each year.  Please note that there is only one funding cycle per fiscal year. Selection criteria are as follows:

  1. Clear rationale for project, including a well-defined set of objectives
  2. Originality and creativity of the proposal
  3. Number of students who would benefit from the project
  4. Applicability of project to courses or departments beyond those in which the project will occur
  5. Clearly defined protocol for assessing outcomes of the project
  6. Feasible calendar for implementing and assessing the project, including specific target date for completion

The IDC looks favorably on proposals receiving partial funding from the academic department, college or school.

 Please note:

  • All full-time, permanent ETSU faculty are eligible to receive Instructional Development Grants.
  • The IDC does not award grants to the same individual in two consecutive years.
  • All funds awarded must be spent within the specified fiscal year and cannot be carried over to the next fiscal year.
  • The IDC does not fund computer monitors, CPUs or printers.
  • The IDC considers faculty stipends a low priority.
  • If the proposal requests equipment already available on campus (e.g., a video camera that could be checked out from the library), it should explain why buying additional equipment is necessary.
  • Items purchased with Instructional Development funds become the property of the department when the project terminates.
  • Award recipients must submit final reports to the Office of the Provost.  Failure to submit the report will result in ineligibility to receive subsequent Instructional Development Grants.


To submit a proposal:

1.   Download the application form to your computer and save a copy for your use. It can be accessed from the Faculty Handbook at .

2.   Send the completed application via email attachment to Carla Landreth in the Office of the Provost ( ).

3.   Also attach to the email a letter from your department chair endorsing the project and indicating funding by the department, college or school.

If the IDC recommends your proposal for funding, your department chair and dean must sign off on the project before funding will be finalized.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Bill Kirkwood at or 423-439-5049.


Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants


The purpose of this fund is to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to complete an organized research project during their senior year. In consideration of the time required for most research, juniors also are eligible for grant awards. Administered by the Honors College & Office of Undergraduate Research.

Please see


Summer Research Fellowship in Arts and Sciences

The Summer Research Fellowship for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences. However, the criteria for award favors more senior faculty who have made significant contributions to their discipline and who have a substantial research plan for the summer during which they would hold the fellowship. The funds will be available to faculty as a salary supplement, as a combination of stipend and support for scholarly activity conducted during the summer or as support for the scholarly activity. The amount awarded to a Summer Research Fellow will be $7,500.

Next Anticipated Deadline:  none

Guidelines - currently being revised


Travel Award for Arts and Sciences Faculty

The Travel Award for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences.  The funds will be available to selected faculty who have been invited via a selection process to give a presentation or to perform or exhibit at a conference of international significance. The amount awarded will be $2,000 or 80% of the total cost, whichever is less.

The first round will serve as a trial basis.  We anticipate making two awards in the first round.  If interest in the program is high, there may be an additional round in the Spring semester.

1st Round Deadline:  November 3, 2014,
     for travel between November 2014 and December 2015

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See also the Honors College webpage for funding resources at


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