All RDC grant proposals must be submitted electronically and in paper format with proper approval signatures. For details, see the guidelines for the relevant type of RDC grant.

The Research Development Committee (RDC), composed of two faculty members from each college, is responsible for distributing internal funds to support research. These funds are administered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration (ORSPA) on behalf of the RDC. The RDC approves budgetary allocation of the funds available for the fiscal year, evaluates grant applications, and selects those to be supported.

RDC grants are intended to support and encourage research which is broadly interpreted to include the sciences and non-sciences, including the humanities and the fine and performing arts. Grants are awarded for the fiscal year July 1 through June 30. Any RDC allocated money must be spent within this time period.  See the official policy in the faculty handbook.

RDC members are available for consultation to assist applicants in the preparation of the application form, budget, budget justification and proposal. Additionally, the ORSPA staff can answer questions that applicants may have and provide examples of recently funded proposals.  

Recipients are asked to acknowledge RDC funding in any publications or presentations with this statement:

          This work was funded all or in part by a grant from the East Tennessee State University
          Research Development Committee Major/Small/Interdisciplinary Grants Program.

To contact the RDC, e-mail us at .  

The Chair of the RDC Committee is:

David Hurley, Ph.D.
Professor and Vice-Chair
Dept of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy
East Tennessee State University
office (423) 439-2069
cell (828) 550-0994
fax (423) 439-6350

3 Types of Grants:

1.  Small Research Grants

Amounts requested may be up to $1,470, using the new online submission system. 

The Small Grants Program is currently closed. Please check back near the beginning of Fall 2015 semester for the next round of deadlines.
See the Small Grants Homepage for all details and guidelines...

2,  Major Research Grants

Applications may be for amounts up to $10,000, to sponsor projects that help develop faculty research and scholarship at all career stages.  The FY2016 application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015. 

3.  Interdisciplinary Grants

Interdisciplinary Grants are intended to encourage collaborative interdisciplinary research that will have strong potential to attract external funding and that involves the efforts of multiple colleges, centers, and/or departments at ETSU and collaborating sites.  The FY2016 application deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015. 


See also:

ETSU Policy on the RDC (from the Faculty Handbook)

RDC Award Recipients, past and present  - updated June, 2013
         This document is an MS Excel file which can be sorted in any order; also
         use the tabs at the bottom to see the programs separated