COLLEGE OF APPLIED & NATURAL SCIENCES

Mini & Travel Grants

Undergraduate Student Research Mini-Grants

Funds are available from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences to support research projects of ANS undergraduate students. To receive funding, students must satisfy eligibility criteria and proposal guidelines

Student Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students must be academically in good standing and enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of eight semester hours per quarter) in a Bachelor’s program in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences for at least fall and winter quarters during the current academic year.
  • Student must be sponsored by an ANS faculty member who has agreed to direct the student’s research.
  • Student must have completed a minimum of 30 semester credits prior to the current fall quarter, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.00.

Application Guidelines:

  • Fill out the application completely. Failure to do so will result in the immediate denial of funding for the project.
  • The Budget and Justification section should include explicitly and in detail how funds will be used. Requests for funding to pay salaries, or for gifts or incentives will not be supported. Only travel directly associated with research activities will be considered for funding. Travel to a meeting, even to present research findings, will not be supported. Awarded funds may only be used for items requested and approved in the proposal budget.
  • When preparing their proposal, students should keep in mind that the review panel may not be experts in the student’s field of research. As such, clarity in writing the proposal and budget is important.

Dissemination Expectation:

Recipients of research mini-grants are required to report progress at the College of Applied and Natural Sciences Research Symposium.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed by the ANS Research Council. Funding of proposals will be based on satisfying eligibility criteria and following proposal guidelines, relevance of the research project, clarity of communication, completeness of proposal budget, and overall suitability for funding. Proposals may be awarded partial funding.

The deadline for applications to be considered for the current round of funding will be announced soon.

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Graduate Student Research Mini-Grants

Funds are available from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences to support research projects of ANS graduate students. To receive funding, students must satisfy eligibility criteria and proposal guidelines.

Student Eligibility:

  • Graduate students must be enrolled within the College of Applied and Natural Sciences and be unconditionally accepted into an ANS graduate degree program. Students must maintain full-time student status (Six graduate credit hours per quarter) for at least fall and winter quarters of the current academic year.
  • Graduate Students must have submitted a completed Plan of Study form (GS Form 6). Thesis students must have submitted their thesis proposal with the Thesis Proposal form (GS Form 10). Thesis students who have not yet submitted a proposal can submit a memo from their advisor indicating the advisor has reviewed and approves of the student’s thesis project and the mini-grant proposal.
  • Proposed project must be the student’s thesis research project or other research project required as part of an ANS graduate program in which the student is enrolled.

Application Guidelines:

  • Fill out the application completely. Failure to do so will result in the immediate denial of funding for the project.
  • The Budget and Justification section should include explicitly and in detail how funds will be used. Requests for funding to pay salaries, student labor, or for gifts or incentives will not be supported. Only travel directly associated with research activities will be considered for funding. Travel to a meeting, even to present research findings, will not be supported. Awarded funds may only be used for items requested and approved in the proposal budget.
  • When preparing their proposal, students should keep in mind that the review panel may not be experts in the student’s field of research. As such, clarity in writing the proposal and budget is important.

Dissemination Expectation:

Recipients of research mini-grants are required to report progress at the College of Applied and Natural Sciences Research Symposium.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed by the ANS Research Council. Funding of proposals will be based on satisfying eligibility criteria and following proposal guidelines, relevance of the research project, clarity of communication, completeness of proposal budget, and overall suitability for funding. Proposals may be awarded partial funding.

The deadline for applications to be considered for the current round of funding will be announced soon.

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Faculty Research Mini-Grants

Funds are available from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences to support research projects of the College faculty. The purpose of these grants is to promote College faculty research activity, leading to increased competitiveness for external funding of faculty research.

Eligibility:

Assistant, Associate, and Full Professors holding a continuing, full-time appointment in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences are eligible for funding. Proposals may be submitted by individual ANS faculty members or by groups of two or more ANS faculty members.

Support Levels:

Proposals submitted by the deadline will be reviewed for funding by the ANS Research Council. Although a maximum level of support per proposal has not been established, it is anticipated that several proposals will be funded (the average level of funding for successful proposals in recent years was approximately $850). Proposals may be awarded partial funding.

Spending Guidelines:

Grant funds may be used to purchase items such as equipment, supplies, or software. Grant funds may not be used to supplement a faculty member’s salary or for student labor. No requests for other types of salary will be funded. Requests for cash incentives or gifts of any kind for participants in a project will not be funded. Only travel directly associated with research activities will be considered for funding. Travel to a meeting, even to present research findings, will not be supported by this program (proposals seeking travel support can be submitted to the ANS Travel Grant Program).

Application Guidelines:

  • Fill out the application completely. Failure to do so will result in the immediate denial of funding for the project.
  • The Budget and Justification section should include explicitly and in detail how funds will be used. Requests for funding to pay salaries, or for gifts or incentives will not be supported. Only travel directly associated with research activities will be considered for funding. Travel to a meeting, even to present research findings, will not be supported. Awarded funds may only be used for items requested and approved in the proposal budget.
  • When preparing proposals, faculty should keep in mind that the review panel may not be experts in their field of research. As such, clarity in writing the proposal and budget is important.

Post-Award Expectations:

Faculty members receiving funding are required to report progress at the College of Applied and Natural Sciences Research Symposium.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for applications to be considered for the current round of funding will be announced soon.

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Innovative Instruction in Undergraduate Courses Mini-Grants

The College of Applied and Natural Sciences funds a mini-grant program for all ANS faculty who teach undergraduate courses. The purpose of the grants is to improve the undergraduate education and the undergraduate learning experience in the College. The College has dedicated funds to be used to finance activities, supplies, or equipment that will improve the faculty member’s ability to provide a superior learning environment for students. Funds will be awarded through a competitive process with selection by the Faculty Advisory Council to the Dean.

Award Requirements and Priorities:

  • All ANS faculty who teach undergraduate courses in the College of Applied and Natural Sciences are eligible to apply for funds (individual or group projects are eligible.)
  • Requested funds must promote development of innovative classroom (including online), laboratory, or field experiences that lead to improved instruction and student learning at the undergraduate level. Once developed, the new activities or approaches must be sustainable. No funds will be provided for classroom projects that would require on-going funds to continue.
  • Funds may be requested to support such things as purchase of supplies or equipment to be used to improve instruction, laboratory supplies or equipment, or supplies for use in interactive lecture demonstrations or student activities. Requests for cash incentives or gifts of any kind for participants in a project will not be funded.
  • Funding to support faculty salaries, student labor, or support for others who are not students will not be considered. Requests for support of travel to meetings, short courses, or conferences involving education issues will be considered (travel will be funded only if the proposal contains a clear description of how information gained will be incorporated into undergraduate courses).
  • A maximum level of support per proposal has not been established, however it is anticipated that several proposals will be funded. Proposals may receive partial funding.
  • Priority will be given to projects that demonstrate a commitment to innovative strategies that promote student learning, problem solving, and critical thinking.
  • Priority will also be given to proposals that describe evaluation of the effectiveness of the techniques and use of the results.

Application Guidelines:

  • Fill out the application completely. Failure to do so will result in the immediate denial of funding for the project.
  • The Budget and Justification section should include explicitly and in detail how funds will be used. Requests for funding to pay salaries, or for gifts or incentives will not be supported. Awarded funds may only be used for items requested and approved in the proposal budget.
  • When preparing their proposal, faculty should keep in mind that the review panel may not be experts in the faculty’s field of research. As such, clarity in writing the proposal and budget is important.

Dissemination Expectation:

Award recipients are required to share their project and outcomes with other faculty in the College with a presentation at the annual ANS Research Symposium.

The deadline for applications to be considered for the current round of funding will be announced soon.

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Travel Grant Program

The College of Applied and Natural Sciences funds a travel grant program available to all ANS faculty. The purpose of the travel awards is to bring national and international recognition to faculty and students, ANS academic units, and to Louisiana Tech University.

Guidelines for Awarding ANS Travel Grants

Travel Grants will be considered in the following order of priority:

  1. Tenure-Track faculty who have not yet received tenure.
  2. Associate Professors.
  3. Instructors, Lecturers, and Professional in Residence.

Professorship holders will be expected to use at least $500 toward the requested travel grant proposal from their professorship.

Student travel will not be funded.

Faculty will be awarded only one travel grant per year.

Proposals to travel for the following activities will be considered:

  • Presentations at professional meetings
  • Travel seeking support from a funding agency

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