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Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Administration

East Tennessee State University

Internal Funding at ETSU

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Presidential Grants-in-Aid

Research Development Committee

Instructional Development Grants

Curriculum Internationalization Faculty Grant Program

Student/Faculty Collaborative Research Grants

Travel Award for Arts and Sciences Faculty (TAASF)


Presidential Grants-In-Aid

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. 

PGIA guidelines and the application form 

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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.  Interdisciplinary Grants are also available, for projects or symposiums up to $50,000.

 RDC website 

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Instructional Development Grants

Instructional Development Grants provide funds for special projects in which faculty implement and assess innovative methods to enhance student learning at ETSU.  The deadlines for submitting applications are sent to all faculty each year.  For more information:

 IDG website and Faculty Handbook and Application Form

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Curriculum Internationalization Faculty Grant Program

The ETSU Honors College and International Programs and Services are pleased to announce a Call for Proposals for the Curriculum Internationalization Grant Program. The purpose of the grant is to provide assistance to ETSU faculty interested in adding an international dimension or enhancing the international content of an existing ETSU course.

Examples of projects that would be considered might include:

  • Using instructional technology to add an international dimension, such as

o arranging for interactions (discussions, shared assignments, common virtual environments)
   between ETSU students and students in a similar class at a university abroad;
o adding lectures by guest faculty or experts from an international university or organization;
o utilizing resources that allow students to simulate global activities or situations (e.g., marketing trends, international finance; natural environments, etc.);

  • Using locally-based, international community resources to contribute international content, assignments, or projects;
  • Adding new material to a course that would significantly enhance global learning outcomes and competency of students (e.g., global media or documentaries to contribute to development of course projects).

ELIGIBILITY: Full time ETSU faculty on continuing appointments.

BUDGET: Individual grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000. We anticipate funding up to 10 grants. Funds can be used to support:

  1. Faculty summer stipend (maximum $2500);
  2. Purchase of material or technology essential to the proposed project;
  3. Travel to workshops for development of the international focus of the course;
  4. Other travel, when absolutely essential to the proposed curriculum development;

Faculty members are encouraged to contact in the Office of International Programs about eligibility of other budget items before submitting a proposal. We will work with you as much as possible. Matching support from the faculty department or college is not required, but will be viewed as an advantage in helping to address the sustainability of the proposed curriculum change.

Funds other than stipend will be available in May 2017.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES:  Proposals (typically 3-5 pages in length) should include the following:

  1. Cover page (available for download)
  2. Project goals/purpose with a concise description of how proposed change contributes to internationalization and of the potential for sustainability/persistence of the change;
  3. Anticipated learning outcomes;
  4. Assessment Plan to evaluate outcomes achieved;
  5. List and timetable of activities needed for project development;
  6. Itemized budget with justification.

In addition (not included in the 3-5 page suggested length), faculty should include:

  1. A current CV (abbreviated with focus on 2012-2016), and
  2. Letter of support from their department chair.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Electronic Submission Only!  Please submit ONE .pdf file that contains all documents via email to ()

          January 31, 2017, for projects impacting courses in Fall 2017,  and
          March 31, 2017, for projects impacting courses in Spring 2018

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS: Faculty should plan to provide a concise report (2-4 pages) of (1) actual activity completed; (2) a focused discussion of the assessment of learning outcomes achieved; and (3) plan for future of the curriculum change for the course.

  • Fall 2017 course: Report due February 1, 2018
  • Spring 2018 course: Report due June 28, 2018

PROPOSAL EVALUATION: Proposals will be evaluated and selected for funding by members of the ETSU International Advisory Council. Proposals should address the following impacts:

  • Contribution to the internationalization of the curriculum in the discipline and/or campus;
  • Potential for sustainability (persistence beyond initial funding period); and
  • Innovations in resources, course assignments, and/or pedagogies appropriate to adding or enhancing an international focus for the course.

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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.

Honors Undergraduate Reseach

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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; please check back later

Travel Award for Arts and Sciences Faculty

The Travel Award for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences competition is open to all tenured or tenure-track faculty within the College of Arts and Sciences.  The funds will be available to 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 Fall 2018 deadline will be 4:30 pm on November 1, 2018, for travel after November 1, 2018. 
First Thursday in November, annually thereafter.

The Spring 2019 deadline will be 4:30 pm on April 2, 2019, for travel after April 2, 2019.
First Thursday in April, annually thereafter.

Anyone planning for international travel should please reference and heed the advice of the State Department traveler resources at . All U.S. citizens traveling abroad should register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at

Guidelines for the TAASF program
Application Cover Page - required
Budget Request Form - required

Please submit your application, in the format outlined in the Guidelines document, to

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See also the Honors College Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities' funding page at




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