Science & Research

West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

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Grants to Faculty Members

Innovation Grants
These grants fund improvements in scientific equipment, curriculum, minor renovations, classroom instruction, delivery and pedagogy. The program targets innovative, cohesive and/or comprehensive projects in laboratory/classroom settings that encourage undergraduate students to continue careers in science, mathematics and engineering. 
 
Eligibility:  Full-time faculty at the primarily undergraduate institutions in West Virginia may apply; West Virginia University and Marshall University faculty are not eligible.
 
The most recent Innovation Grants program announcement and request for proposals can be downloaded here.

 


International Innovation Grants
This program supports development of an international component in one or more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. The program encourages STEM faculty and students to think globally about research, collaboration, grant opportunities and exchange programs. Grant funds may be used for a variety of innovative purposes and activities including curriculum, scientific equipment and travel. 
 
Eligibility:  Tenure-track faculty at all four-year institutions of higher education in West Virginia are eligible.

A request for proposals for the  International Innovation Grants will not be held in 2010.

 


Instrumentation Grants
The program purchases scientific equipment for advanced undergraduate laboratories to help encourage undergraduate students in West Virginia to continue careers in science, mathematics and engineering. 
 
Eligibility:  Full-time faculty at the primarily undergraduate institutions in West Virginia may apply; West Virginia University and Marshall University faculty are not eligible.
 
The most recent Instrumentation Grants program announcement and request for proposals can be downloaded here.

 


Mini-Grants for Proposal Preparation
These grants aid faculty members in the preparation of research or research equipment proposals for submission to external agencies or foundations. This program may support the applicant in collection of preliminary data, idea development or dedication of time to focus on a larger research program and proposal.
 
Eligibility:  Tenure and tenure-track faculty at all four-year institutions of higher education in West Virginia are eligible.
 
The most recent Mini-Grants program announcement and request for proposals can be downloaded here.

 


Research Challenge Grants

This grant program supports large, focused STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research projects that may lead to research centers and economic development. Projects should assist the institution in its ability to successfully compete for external funding on a national and international basis by providing incentives to significantly increase capacity.

A report summarizing the results of the first round of scientific research projects funded through the Research Challenge Grant program is available here.

Eligibility:  Full-time faculty or research professors at all four-year institutions of higher education in West Virginia are eligible.

The most recent Research Challenge Grants program announcement and request for proposals can be downloaded here.