Internal Grants

The following is a list of our programs:

Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (PSCoR)

PSCoR is an annual Research Office program that provides funding for research that will leverage external funding opportunities. As a condition of the award, each PI is required to submit a proposal to an external agency. That specific proposal must be externally reviewed prior to submission. A faculty member can be a PI on one proposal and co-PI on up to two.

West Virginia University faculty are urged to submit proposals for grants that provide internal funding for activities that will lead to external research funding.

Spring Date for PSCoR: Due May 15, 2017 to Research Office
(contact your college for any earlier deadlines)
RFP  |  Cover sheet  |  Reviewer Evaluation Form

Proposals will be reviewed by WVU faculty and Research Office staff on the basis of merit and the potential for the WVURC investment to lead to increased extramural funding.

Proposals should be routed through your Associate Dean for Research so that your college is aware of your submission. The cover sheet is included in the links above.

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New International Research Seed Program

Collaborative Internal Seed Funding Announcement from Offices of Research and Global Affairs

In a collaborative effort, the Offices of Research, Global Affairs and the Energy Institute are pleased to announce an internal seed funding program to encourage research with an international dimension. For the first program year, the selected topical area will be energy. This includes projects that are exclusively energy and those with a partial emphasis on energy, examples include: energy/water; energy/food; energy policy/law or energy finance/management, and energy security. Our intention is to provide funding, awarded on a competitive basis, as a stepping stone to transition the international research effort to sustained external support.

3 awards up to a level a maximum of $20k each are expected. The program seeks to:

  • Develop collaborations with foreign institutions including private industry and foreign laboratories; preference will be given to efforts targeting the Middle East, Latin America and Asia.
  • Stimulate new areas of inquiry;
  • Advance research efforts leading to publication and national/international presentations;
  • Increase the visibility, especially internationally, of WVU research;
  • And to support activities leading to external funding.

The 2017 solicitation for this seed funding for international research is now closed.

A new targeted area of interest will be announced in late 2017/early 2018.

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Internal Grant Applications

The central university administration generously supports faculty in their roles as scholars and researchers, teachers, and community partners. To better serve the faculty, the internal grants programs have undergone several changes which are detailed below.

As of January 21, 2017, all applications for RSA, CE, and Faculty Travel/Development must be submitted via the WVU+kc electronic research administration tool. Academic Conference Grants will continue to be submitted via an online form. Hard copies will NOT be accepted under any circumstances. This change will allow for a more timely review of applications.

In an effort to simplify the application process, chairperson and dean signatures are not required; however, chairs will be notified automatically of submissions. Faculty will also receive an auto-notify email of the submission. Associate Deans for Research will receive a spreadsheet of successful applicants.

Applications must be received electronically by the Research Office by 11:59 PM on the day of the deadline. There is one deadline per semester which will always be on the 5 th Monday of the semester. Travel/development has a fall and spring semester deadline; all other applications are due on the spring deadline.

If you have any problems with submission, please contact Deanna Whorton at

For information about submitting applications via WVU+kc, see the Submit a WVU Internal Grant Application in the ITS self-help knowledge base or contact the ITS Service Desk at or (304) 293-4444. Receive up to date information about WVU+kc, including outage announcements and user tips, by submitting a request to be added to the WVU+kc users listserv.

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Faculty Travel/Development Grants

FTD Grant Deadlines:

  • September 18, 2017
  • February 6, 2018

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Each faculty member has a maximum allowance per fiscal year for faculty development/travel (when the travel starts determines what fiscal year it counts against, not when it was applied for). More than one application per fiscal year can be entertained but the maximum amount per faculty member cannot be exceeded. The senate research committee determines this maximum in the fall contingent on the budget.

There are two application deadlines per year that fall on the 5th Monday of each semester, 11:59 pm. Because there is one due date per semester and to assist faculty, a proposal could be for either travel completed or travel planned.

  • Fall applications covers travel activities that start between June 1 and Dec 31.
  • Spring applications covers activities that start between Jan 1 to August 30.

For the purposes of determining if a faculty member has reached their maximum grant amount, the fiscal year of July 1 to June 30 is used. For the 2017–2018 academic year this is travel that occurs between July 1, 2017 & June 30, 2018.


You apply in Fall 2017 for a trip you took in June 2017.  That trip will go against your July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 allocation. This is the prior fiscal year to the one you are applying in.

You apply in Fall 2017 for a trip you took in July 2017. That trip will go against your July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 allowance. This is the same fiscal year as the one you are applying in.

You apply in Spring 2018 for a trip you are going to take in June 2018. That trip goes against your July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 allowance. This is the same fiscal year as the one you are applying in.

You apply in Spring 2018 for a trip you are going to take in August 2018. That trip goes against your July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 allowance. This is in the next fiscal year from the one you are applying in.

Funds can be used to (e.g.,):
  • present work at a conference
  • take advantage of another professional development opportunity at a conference
  • travel to conduct research or enhance teaching skills (e.g., visiting an archive, learning a new skill).

Study abroad trips, student recruitment trips, trips where you are chaperoning students, or trips for which you are paid to speak are not covered by this funding.

Required application information:
  • Your name
  • Your rank: TAPs, RAPs, CAPs, and TT faculty should select level (e.g., assistant professor, associate, full); “Other” should be used for instructor, visiting, and post-docs.
  • Name of your department chair
  • Destination, including if domestic or international
  • Conference (or activity) name and travel dates
  • A brief description of the activity and its significance to you and WVU (exact citation of presentations is not required)
  • A total budget amount and amount requested from the grant program (up to the yearly max); detailed budgets are not required.
  • You do not need to attach an abstract or proof of acceptance.

For the 2016 to 2017 academic year: After careful consideration due to current budget reductions, the Faculty Senate Research Committee set a maximum of $700 for domestic travel and $900 for international. Maximums are still per person and not per trip, thus a person can apply more than once as long as they have not exceeded the maximum per person amount within a fiscal year.

If the planned travel does not occur, remaining funds will revert back into the central pool. Please let Ms. Whorton know if you do not plan to use your funding.

Additional information about submitting internal grants in WVU+kc can be found in the Submit a WVU Internal Grant Application article.

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Supplemental Child/Elder care program:

This program is meant to partially cover child or elder care caregiving expenses that are a direct result of travel (note: expenses thus must be over and above your normal caregiving expenses). The total amount available is $800 in any one fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).

The need for such a program came from research conducted by the WVU ADVANCE Center. The WVU Faculty Family Travel Fund originated from a state-wide program supported by the Elsevier Foundation (2014-2017). Dr. Tower was Principal Investigator and Drs. Keesee, McLaughlin, and Stores were co-PIs. During the grant, Provost McConnell expanded the program to all WVU faculty who were not eligible for Elsevier funding. Grant funding has now ended, thus all applications now fall under the Provost’s program.Please go to the program website for more information and FAQ’s of what is covered and how the program works.

All faculty should use the online application; once approved, everyone should work with Dr. Leslie Tower (grant PI) on allowable expenses.

For the Provost Office program, once expenses are approved by Dr. Tower, recipients will need to fill out a form for reimbursement from the WVU Foundation (must be viewed with Adobe Acrobat) and turn in this form and copies of your receipts (if you have expenses from a private care person, please use the dependent care receipt on the STEM+ travel program website) to their college EBO.

While there is no exact deadline for the provost program, you must apply for reimbursement in the same fiscal year in which the travel took place (in the case of end of fiscal year travel, within a month of returning); the sooner you apply, the sooner you get reimbursed. Note that these monies are taxable income.

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Research and Scholarship Advancement Grants (RSA Grants)

(Formerly Senate Grants for Research and Scholarship)

Funding Deadline: February 6, 2017

Period of Performance: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

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Additional Application Information: Senate Grants for Research and Scholarship

The Provost Office and Vice President for Research Office provide funding for the Grants for Research and Scholarship program. These grants provide funding support for research and other scholarly activities conducted by faculty members.

To facilitate your work on RSA grants, the document RSA Questions in WVU+kc contains the questions (with response limits) that you will see in WVU+kc.

Additional information about submitting internal grants in WVU+kc can be found in the Submit a WVU Internal Grant Application article.

The committee’s evaluation will constitute 80 points (scoring rubric) of a 100 point score. The remaining 20 points will be determined by investigator’s tenure status, rank, and any prior Senate Research Grants the applicant has received as PI, according to the following outline:

Rank Points Previous Senate Research Awards Received Points
Assistant Professor 14 0 awards 6
Associate Professor 10 1 award 3
Full Professor 8 2 awards 1

Three+ awards 0

Current Committee Membership

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Grants for Community Engagement

Funding Deadline: February 6, 2017

Period of Performance: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

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Additional Application Information: Grants for Community Engagement

Community Engagement grants, formerly known as Public Service grants, are designed to stimulate and support community outreach and engagement projects that benefit the citizens of West Virginia and are conducted by members of the Faculty Assembly and other full-time regular employees. Funding from this program is intended to encourage development of additional support for these projects from other sources in the future as well as scholarly output. Funding is provided from the Provost’s Office.

To facilitate your work on RSA grants, the document Community Engagement Questions in WVU+kc contains the questions (with response limits) that you will see in WVU+kc.

Additional information about submitting internal grants in WVU+kc can be found in the Submit a WVU Internal Grant Application article.

Current Service Committee Members

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Academic Conference Grants

Deadline: February 6, 2017

Period of Performance: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

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A completed Academic Conference application must be uploaded to the online submission form.

One of the goals of WVU is to become more visible on a national/international level. Although the primary vehicle for accomplishing this is individual faculty accomplishments, a complimentary approach is to bring outstanding scholars within an area that we claim expertise in to our campus for a focused academic mini-conference or to host regional, national, or international disciplinary meetings. The end goal of a mini-conferences would be to produce a significant scholarly work in terms of an edited book, monograph, or special edition of a peer reviewed journal or other creative output (script for a play, a play, a musical composition or recording, juried exhibit, etc.) that would not have been possible without the in-person conference. The goal of hosting an academic conference could be the same, but would primarily be for increased visibility and reputation of the institution by serving as the host institution.

A maximum of $10,000 is available to any one project; no salary support is allowed. Preference will be given to projects with matching internal or external funding.

Conference must be held in Morgantown and include activities to showcase WVU.

All conferences must have at least a regional focus and ideally a national or international focus. State level meetings are not supported under this program.

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NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium

WVSGC is a group of West Virginia academic institutions with industrial partners under the sponsorship of NASA. WVSGC focus is on building research infrastructure and the promotion of Math, Science, Engineering and Technology education in West Virginia. An important component of its mission is to help build research infrastructure at its member institutions. In addition to small seed grants, the Consortium makes awards for different programs that are open to competition by all faculty from the Consortium affiliates. Each award category is judged separately based on published criteria. WVU is a member of the consortium.

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Funding Programs at WVU Health Sciences Center


This program provides a mechanism for soliciting and awarding clinical, translational, and community engagement projects, from concept to competitiveness for external funding.

The primary goal of the pilot funding mechanism is to increase the number of clinical and translational investigators who are positioned to secure extramurally funded investigations.

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