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Internal Funding

Texas State University offers the following internal funding opportunities:

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  • Texas State University

    College of Applied Arts

    Learning Communities Grant

    Description: In an effort to support the university goal to “promote the success of all students” (Goal 1, Strategic Plan 2017-2023), and more specifically, goal 1.3, which is to “provide all students with quality engagement opportunities that model the values associated with equitable competition, engender university pride, positive community relations, institutional prestige, and promote student well-being and development,” the College of Applies Arts has responded by developing a goal to “support learning communities for the purpose of increasing student retention and graduation rates” (College of Applied Arts, Strategic Plan 2017-2023, Goal 4). The Dean’s office is providing up to $20,000 annually to support such projects that are between $1,000 and $5,000 each. An emphasis will be placed on engaging undergraduate students in conducting research.

    Eligibility:  All full-time Texas State University faculty in the College of Applied Arts are eligible to apply for these funds.

    Application Guidelines: The proposal must not exceed five-pages (double-spaced, 12 point Cambria or similar font with 1” margins).  The proposal must include the following: (1) faculty name(s), Department/School, with contact information, (2) brief description of the (local, national, and/or global) problem being addressed, (3) description of impact of the project, including which courses (including number of students) will be affected with an emphasis on the number of undergraduate students who will be engaged in conducting research; (4) discussion of evaluation criteria that faculty will use and a plan to carry out the evaluation[1]; (5) a proposed budget with justification for each item; and (6) a letter from the Chair/Director should be attached confirming any matching funds from the Department/School. Matching funds are required only after the first year. Matching funds are encouraged, but not required in the first year. Projects should be executable in one to two semesters. All recipients are expected to provide a report (not to exceed 10 pages) to their Chair/Director and the Dean within three months upon completion of project.

    Due Date: All submissions for each academic year are due on August 1st.  Awardees will be notified by August 21st.  Submit via email to:

    Selection Process:  All Chairs/Directors within the College of Applied Arts will access the applications via TRACS and score the applicants (excluding applicants from their own Department/School) in accordance to the criteria below (10 points = highest merit). Those with the highest scores will be awarded.

    The following will be considered in assessing each proposal:

    • Opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in research (20 points)
    • Relevance and scope of the problem addressed (i.e., degree to which the project impacts students and the community at large). (10 points)
    • Potential to impact retention and/or time-to-graduation for undergraduate students. (10 points)
    • Level of innovation of the project. (10 points)
    • Potential for grant funding to continue and/or expand the project. (10 points)
    • Potential to increase interest in research and graduate education and conducting research. (10 points)
    • Project includes potential for policy recommendations. (10 points)

    [1] Examples would include student outcome measures (e.g., 10 students will present research at a national conference), or assessment of impact (e.g., provide at least 100 community members with education regarding growing one’s own food, etc.).

  • For professors in the College of Applied Arts, should you be planning on submitting an external grant for $100,000 or more (with indirect costs), you may request funds from the Dean’s office for graduate assistant support to assist with the grant proposal. You may ask for a graduate student, for example, for a short period of time (a few weeks) or longer (an entire semester). Professors will choose their own graduate students for this assignment. (Please consider the limitations of graduate students to work no more than 20 hours a week, per federal guidelines).

    Please submit the request in writing with details of the grant proposal to Dean Chahin, These will be considered upon receipt. Rolling deadline.

  • Research Enhancement Program

    Texas State's Research Enhancement Program is an internally funded grant competition intended to encourage and provide support for faculty research and other creative activities. All full-time Texas State faculty members, tenured or tenure-track, are eligible to apply. Individuals are eligible to apply for a maximum of $8000; two or more eligible faculty, for a maximum of $16,000.

  • Multi-disciplinary Internal Research Grant (MIRG)

    RFP will be released annually in mid-February.

    Texas State's Multi-disciplinary Internal Research Grant (MIRG) is an internally funded grant competition that supports multi-dicsiplinary research projects that are federal-ready or near federal-ready with the goal of enabling a greater success rate for research teams who seek federal awards. Thus, MIRG funds will help researchers to obtain the critical preliminary data and experience, and lay the necessary groundwork to obtain federal sponsorship. All full-time Texas State faculty members are eligible to apply. Awards can range from $15,000 to $30,000 for a 12-Month period of support.

    Please visit the MIRG webpage for more information.

  • Academic Computing Committee Grant Program

    Originating from the student computing fee, approximately $500,000 is made available by the Office of the Vice President for Informational Technology (VPIT) to provide for the enhancement of computing resources and technology available to Texas State students. The Academic Computing Committee (ACC), under the authority of the University Faculty Senate, is charged with the responsibility of soliciting and evaluating proposals. Proposals are invited from entities funded by Texas State University.

    The Request for Proposals (RFP) is issued campus-wide in early December. Guidelines are provided in the RFP. Those choosing to submit a request may obtain forms from their ACC representative.

    College representatives are appointed by the Faculty Senate, and their names and e-mail addresses are listed in the RFP. The deadline for submitting proposals is toward the end of January. The ACC evaluates the proposals and makes it recommendations in February.

    Both employees and students may submit, so long as the submitter is submitting a request on behalf of an entity funded by the university.

  • Institutional Inclusive Excellence

    The Office of Institutional Inclusive Excellence has funds that are available for programming or initiatives that support Goal 4 the University Plan, to enrich our learning and working environment by attracting and supporting a more diverse faculty, staff and student body.

    Proposal information including requirements and deadlines can be found at this link.

  • Albert B. Alkek Library, Library Research Grants

    Faculty members who need materials not in the library collection to support their research are invited to submit a proposal for a Library Research Grant. Each year the Alkek Library provides funds to acquire non-curricular materials for this purpose. Although the review process is competitive, most professionally written proposals have been funded in recent years.

    $20,000 in funding is available. Proposals over $3,000 are unlikely to receive full funding. Materials requested may include books, back issues of journals, electronic resources, AV materials, computer software. Requests should not include current subscriptions, journal articles or multiple copies of materials. Applicants are asked to provide a brief description of the project, a list of needed materials, and the estimated cost.

    To submit a proposal, use the form at this link.