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Research Hub Mini-Grant Program


The Research Hub Mini-Grant Program offers support for faculty research activities. Its primary purpose is to provide seed money to attract extramural funding or to assist faculty members with taking initial steps toward research projects.  Proposals are evaluated and grants awarded by the Research Hub Committee.

Funds will be distributed by competitive mini-grants available to CAES faculty.  Mini-grants are available in two tiers. Tier 1 in the amounts of up to $500 and Tier 2 from $501to $1000.  Applications for mini-grant funding may be accessed through the Faculty Funding Opportunities link on this page. 

Please email applications to Caitlin McKeighan (mckeighan@ulm.edu)


Mini-grants are available to full-time faculty members who wish to begin or continue a research project in two tiers:Tier 1 up to $500 or Tier 2 from $501 to $1000

Application Packet must include:

•    Completed Project Proposal that explains the project, the methodology to be used, expected outcome and how the funds will be utilized.

•    2-page curriculum vita containing activities and publications that support faculty member’s expertise to carry out the proposed work.


Funds can be used for almost any aspect of a research project.  Funds cannot be used to supplement salaries. Purchase of equipment or software, printing, postage, data searches, data collection are among the services for which mini-grant funds can be used.


Proposals involving human subject research are subject to the requirements of the University Institutional Review Board http://www.ulm.edu/research/irb.html

A final report summarizing the outcomes of the project with a completed budget detailing the use of funds must be submitted to the Research Hub Committee within one month of the end of the grant period

•    Spring Grant – Report due October 1st  (Grant period January through August)
•     Fall Grant – Report due February 1st  (Grant period May through December)

The Research Hub committee reserves the right to accept or deny applications based on availability of funds.
 Report of expenses must follow Louisiana’s Travel and Purchasing Policies to be reimbursed. To learn more about this go to ULM’s controller’s office website at http://www.ulm.edu/controller/. Please read carefully.


Applications will be considered twice annually:            

Spring Grant Application Deadline: November 1 (Grant period January through August)               

Fall Grant Application Deadline : April 1 (Grant period is May through December)


Evaluation of Proposals


 The following criteria will be considered by the committee when evaluating Mini Grant Proposals:

*  The scholarly merit of the proposal and its value to the faculty member, the college and the university. 

* Evaluation of Tier 2 proposals will be held to more stringent standards than Tier 1 proposals.

* The qualifications of the faculty member.

* Quality of the proposal - should be directed to general audience; provide clear description, clarify terminology.

* Realistic budget – Will the funds requested be sufficient to complete the project?

* The feasibility of the proposal and the ability of the faculty member to successfully complete the project.

* Other sources of funding, including both internal and external (endowed professorship, grant, etc.).


Forms and Examples of Completed Proposals

Please download the application form for your mini-grant amount, and click to view the scoring rubric.  Complete the form, save it, and submit by attaching your completed application form and abbreviated CV as files to Caitlin McKeighan (mckeighan@ulm.edu)


Tier 1 Tier 2
Funding up to $500 Funding for $501 to $1,000
Example of $500 proposal Example of $1,000 proposal