State higher education system awards grants to faculty in W.Va.

Five faculty members from West Virginia universities have been awarded mini-grants that will allow them the opportunity to better prepare larger research proposals.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Division of Science and Research awarded Research Proposal Mini-Grants of $6,000 each to faculty at Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

The grants provide replacement salary for an uninterrupted period of time so that the awarded faculty member may write large research proposals during the summer. Each winning faculty member agrees to submit a proposal for funding from an external agency or foundation as a result of obtaining the mini- grant.

The Research Proposal Mini-Grants were awarded to:

Dr. Jan Taylor, the Division of Science and Research’s Director of Research Programs, said, “The Mini-Grant Program is an investment in research and, ultimately, in economic development for our state. By giving these faculty members the chance to more fully concentrate on writing large external research proposals, the State of West Virginia may ultimately attain benefits that are well beyond this small investment.”

The Research Proposal Mini-Grants are funded by the West Virginia Research Challenge Fund, which lays the foundation for many of the state’s competitive grant programs. For more information regarding that fund and other programs managed by the Division of Science and Research, please visit