Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dear Faculty and Staff,

At the Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting, I introduced a new initiative named the Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program and shared that more information would soon be available. Providing more resources for Appalachian’s stellar faculty and staff has been a chief priority for me. I am pleased to prioritize funding in support of innovative research and practice by faculty and staff throughout all disciplines and program areas on campus. The program supports thought leaders who are working creatively and entrepreneurially to: address challenges; create lasting institutional change; provide community and societal benefits; establish opportunities that increase student engagement with research, creativity, innovation, design thinking, and entrepreneurship; and promote broad-based sustainability in the areas of economics, equity and the environment.

Scholars may each receive support of up to $10,000 and these internal grants are intended to provide maximum flexibility in funding to support a diversity of faculty and staff concepts and approaches; therefore, the funding may be applied specifically to support expenses associated with each unique project. Applications, which include a narrative of the project and detailed budget with justification, are due by January 23, 2017 and will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and staff from the Innovation Campus Working Group. Recommendations for support are provided to Academic Affairs and the Office of the Chancellor. Scholars will be notified of selection by February 17, 2017.

More details about the program and the application process can be found at


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts