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Research Development Committee

Research and Sponsored Programs

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The Research Development Committee (RDC), composed of two - three 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 and scholarship which is broadly interpreted to include the sciences and non-sciences, including the humanities and the fine and performing arts. Grants are awarded during the fiscal year of 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.  

A Note About Submissions...
All RDC grant proposals must be submitted electronically followed by a paper-copy format with proper approval signatures due one week later. For details, see the guidelines for the relevant type of RDC grant.

All recipients of RDC grants are to acknowledge RDC funding in any publications or presentations with the following 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

There are Three Types of Grants:

1.  Small Research Grants

Amounts requested may be up to $2,000. 

Small Research Grants are intended to support and encourage research which is broadly interpreted as scholarship in both the sciences and non-sciences including the humanities, as well as the fine and performing arts.  Grants awarded must be spent in the fiscal year ending June 30.  See the Small Grants Homepage for details, guidelines and upcoming deadlines.

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.  Grants are submitted in the Spring for review and then are awarded in the next Fiscal Year starting July 1.  See the Major Grants Homepage for details, guidelines and upcoming deadlines.

3.  Interdisciplinary Grants

Interdisciplinary Grants are intended to encourage collaborative interdisciplinary research groups which have strong potential to attract external funding by involving the efforts of multiple colleges, centers, and/or departments at ETSU. Grants are submitted in the Spring for review and then are awarded in the next Fiscal Year starting July 1.
See the Interdisciplinary Grants Homepage for details, guidelines and upcoming deadlines.

 See also:

ETSU Policy on the RDC (from the Faculty Handbook)

RDC Award Recipients, past and present  - updated May 23, 2018 
         This document is an MS Excel file which can be sorted in any order; also
         use the tabs at the bottom to see the list separated by program type.


 Brown Bag Seminar

Monday, January 14, 2019 at noon David Hurley, RDC Chair, will be giving a seminar on the RDC Grant application processes and tips for success.

To learn more click the link above

Featured 2017 RDC Grant Recipients 

University Relations featured select 2017 RDC grant recipients in news stories throughout the year. 

Click the link above for access to the full stories. 

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"The New Aesthetic and Art:
Constellations of the Postdigital"
is a new book by ETSU
Professor Scott Koterbay,
and was made possible
by RDC funding.

Click the image to read and
read about this free book.


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