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Innovation Grants Program

Grants to West Virginia Faculty at Undergraduate
Institutions to Enhance STEM Education Programs

Agency Type:

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West Virginia Science and Research (WVSR)

Deadline Date:

09/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $40,000 to West Virginia faculty members at public and private colleges and universities to foster increased interest in science, math, engineering, and technology fields. Funding is intended to improve programs for undergraduate students through laboratory renovations and the acquisition of supplies and modern instruments. Curriculum enhancements and innovations in classroom instruction, delivery and pedagogy are central interests of Innovation awards.

Grants may be used only to purchase scientific instruments, equipment, minor renovations, and material supplies or for curriculum development.

Equipment and materials purchased should be used primarily for instructional purposes but may also be used to enhance faculty research programs that actively include undergraduates as primary participants. It is anticipated that an award will be made to one private and one public institution of higher education based upon the quality of proposals received. 

Proposals in any STEM field will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186960

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Funding per Award: $40,000

Term of Contract:

Award Period: 12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Organization: Primarily undergraduate colleges and universities (PUIs) in West Virginia. Faculty from West Virginia University and Marshall University are ineligible; however, proposals will be accepted from branch campuses of these universities.
- Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility: Full-time faculty from four-year PUIs in West Virginia. PIs who have received innovation awards in the two prior years are only eligible to receive an award in this competition as a supplement to a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project.

No funds are to be used for operating expenses, personnel or service contracts. No awards will be made for teaching aids such as slide projectors or computer software. No awards will be made for personal computers that are not linked to or critical to the operation of laboratory equipment.

Proposal Guidelines:

Pre-Application Information:

- Proposal Deadline: September 30, 2021 (due by 5 p.m.)
- Anticipated Award Date: November 15, 2021

Notification of awards will be made to the submitting PI and submitting organization. PIs whose proposals are declined will be advised as promptly as possible. Copies of review comments may be requested by the Principal Investigator.

Award Information:
- Type of Award: Cost Reimbursable
- Cost Share Requirement: Institutional support of at least 50% is required as a cost share. An in-kind cost share of up to $10,000 for matching institutional support is allowed.

No institution may submit more than two (2) proposals in one year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions, please contact the program officer:
Dr. Juliana Serafin, Senior Director
West Virginia Science & Research | West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
304.558.4128 x3

For technical assistance or help using the GO! system, please contact:
Dr. Jack Smith
West Virginia Science & Research | West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission

West Virginia Science & Research
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
1018 Kanawha Blvd East, Suite 1101
Charleston, W.Va. 25301
Phone: 304.558.4128
Fax: 304.558.2321

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia

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