Rural Resilience and Innovation Seed Grants

New Department in the College: Rural Resilience and Innovation

The mission of the Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation is to sustain partnerships with rural stakeholders, share university resources for mutual benefit, provide curricular and research opportunities, collaborate with colleagues doing engaged work, and offer value-added experiences for students.

RFP: The new Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation will offer Seed Grants to fund research or service-learning class collaborations up to $5,000. 

Applications: The newest department in Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences welcomes proposals that incorporate a team (at least two individuals) and transdisciplinary approach to work on at least one of three grand innovation challenges that face rural American communities today and in the future: 

  1. Rural health and vitality; 
  2. Sustainable, resilient growth and continuity; 
  3. Rural-urban interdependence, agency, and shared knowledge.  

Proposals should include how the team will create/sustain mutual and beneficial partnerships with communities; show how their project could lead to larger scalable projects; and for those working with students, how the experience will provide educational transformations. 

Proposals should be no longer than five double-spaced pages and uploaded to the Info Ready Review. The Deadline for fall proposals is Friday, September 10, 2021. 

Award notifications will be made by September 15, 2021. Grant funds must be expended no later than May 15, 2022. A mandatory awardee team meeting will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021.

Teams may be made up of TT, NTTs, students, and/or community members, however, the PI must be a TT faculty member.

Deadline: Friday, September 10, 2021

Proposals: Info Ready Form[titled: RRI Seed Grants]

Outcome Reports: Each team will be asked to submit a mid-year report (2-3 pages) due by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022; and give a 15-minute presentation about their work to the CAS Council at the May 2022 meeting.


Department in the College: Rural Resilience and Innovation
The Department of Rural Resilience and Innovation is a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University that serves as a hub for those working on scholarship, teaching and service with rural community partners. Learn more at 

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Published: Aug 25, 2021 12:52pm