Grand Challenge

Faculty Grant Program 

Through the Center for Rural Innovation, the Tennessee Tech Rural Reimagined Grand Challenge Faculty Grant Program aims to continue the grand challenge of transforming rural communities across the state through partnership and collaboration with Tennessee Tech faculty and students. Involving faculty and students not only influences future generations, but it largely expands the scope of rural impact. The Center for Rural Innovation has made $150,000 available to fund faculty-led, rural related projects. Rural Reimagined looks forward to seeing your vision and ideas to serve our region. For questions or more information, contact Michael Aikens, Director - Center for Rural Innovation, at .

The deadline to apply for the Grand Challenge Faculty Grant is Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, by 4:30 p.m. CST. Please carefully review our Application Package and corresponding Application Handbook for all requirements and guidelines necessary for grant eligibility. Use the application package provided below to structure your proposal. Submit the completed proposal using the "Apply Here" button located beneath the dropdown menu.

  • Application Package

    The application package outlines the budget summary and proposal narrative structure. Please download the application package and fill out according to the included instructions. When you are finished, please submit your document using the "Apply Here" button beneath the dropdown menu. 

    Application Package


  • Application Handbook

    Please carefully review the application handbook to ensure your proposal meets the committee's pre-approved requirements and qualifications concerning the budget summary and proposal narrative.

    Application Handbook

The application window has closed for Fall 2023. 

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