Applications open for the Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear Faculty and Staff,

One of the aspects of my job that gives me great satisfaction is working on a campus of faculty and staff whose passion about sustainability drives them to innovate in both research and practice. This is what led me to establish the Appalachian Innovation Scholars Program last year, which funded five projects at $10,000 each.

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.

These internal grants are intended to provide maximum flexibility in funding to support a variety 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 November 13, 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 December 13, 2017.

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


/s/ Sheri N. Everts

Sheri N. Everts