The WVHEPC Division of Science and Research (DSR) Research Proposal Mini-Grants Program (Mini-Grants) is designed to aid tenured or tenure-track, or research faculty members at West Virginia institutions of higher education in the preparation of research or research equipment proposals for submission to external agencies or foundations.

The Mini-Grants Program provides $5,000 in replacement salary for an uninterrupted period of time for a faculty member to write research or research equipment proposals during the summer. The number of mini-grants awarded will depend upon funds available and the quality of the applications. By accepting this salary support, the faculty member agrees not to teach or engage in other activities that will interfere with the proposal writing effort for at least one month, and agrees to submit a proposal to an external agency or foundation, with a copy of the proposal acceptance letter to the DSR office within one year of the award of the Mini-Grant.