Internal Grants

The following is a list of our programs:

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.

Application instructions

Due Date: February 15, 2017
Submit to: with subject line “International Research Program”
Proposals will be evaluated by an internal committee with funds available after April 1.

Proposal Elements:

  • List of WVU investigators and departmental/center affiliation
  • List of external partners and institutional affiliations
  • Project Description (max. 2 pages) to include:
    • Description of the project and motivation for the collaboration
    • Description of activities supported by the funding
  • Plans for external funding (max. 1 page) to include:
    • List of potential agencies/foundations (hyperlinks to specific programs are encouraged)
    • Connections between the activities in the project description and the funding objectives of the targeted funding agencies and programs
    • Timeline for planned submissions to external agencies
  • Budget
    • The program will not support summer or academic year salary for WVU faculty; however, the program will support travel, equipment, stipends of students/staff and any other necessary expenses for the success of the project.

The evaluation criteria are: scientific merit; potential for meaningful international exchange of ideas, faculty and students; and the prospects for new external funding.

Direct questions to:

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 Friday November 4th, 2016 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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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 5th Monday of the semester (for accommodation for a religious holiday please contact Ms. Whorton below). 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 or need an accommodation, 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 19, 2016
  • February 6, 2017

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We have greatly simplified the application process for travel/development grants. You will be asked to provide your basic information, including identifying your department chair, destination, and meeting dates for the conference (or activity), title of the presentation, a brief description of the activity and its significance to you and WVU, and a total budget and amount requested from the grant program. We are no longer asking for a detailed budget or justification, nor do you need to attach an abstract or proof of acceptance.

There will be only one application for faculty development/travel, with one due date in the fall and one in the spring. Fall application will cover activities between June 1 and Dec 31. Spring will cover Jan 1 to August 30. Note that spring now includes July and August travel to allow faculty to be reimbursed quicker after the trip (rather than waiting for the fall deadline); however, the fall will also include June, July, and August to account for summer trips that were unknown to the person at the time of spring application. The one year period for purposes of determining if a faculty member has reached their maximum grant amount will always be July 1 to June 30 (thus which granting cycle the summer funding is awarded in is not relevant, only that the award took place).

Funds can be used to present work (formerly supported by travel grants) or to take advantage of another professional development opportunity either at a conference (which can include attendance at the conference for networking and informational purposes, attendance at grant getting seminars, etc) or in another venue (e.g., visiting an archive; formerly funded under faculty development grants). We do not fund study abroad trips or trips in which you are paid to speak.

After careful consideration due to current budget issues, the Faculty Senate Research Committee decided the following changes to the Travel Grant program: the amount of funding will not exceed 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.

Because there is one due date, the proposal is for either travel completed or travel planned. If planned travel does not occur, money 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 collectively (thus you cannot get $800 from one program and $800 from another).

There are two programs: one which is grant funded and for women in STEM, social sciences, or women's studies; and one that is funded by the Provost for faculty who do not fall into one of those categories (this program will follow the exact same guidelines as the grant funded program so you should go to the website for FAQs and more information).

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, 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.

For the grant program – you must apply BEFORE you travel; due dates: Oct 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017. For the provost program, while there are no due dates, 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

Apply Online

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.

Subscribe to WVCTSI’s newsletter to stay updated on their events and funding opportunities.

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