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Applications for the upcoming fiscal year are available after July 1. Projects are usually selected and approved by October. Additional rounds of funding may occur each year, if funds are available.

Minimum project criteria

SFA faculty members who are interested in applying for a research grant through the Center for Applied Research and Rural Innovation should submit a project that demonstrates how SFA research and resources will:

  • enhance the preparedness of the regional workforce
  • develop new products
  • improve existing economic development practices and services
  • or strengthen and diversify the regional economy.

Projects should demonstrate the potential to create new jobs by enhancing existing industry or attracting new business ventures.

Highly encouraged: Projects that engage small rural businesses, industries, organizations, educational institutions or community partners in efforts to improve the economy.

Project application review process

Projects submitted to CARRI will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the CARRI Steering Committee. Successful applicants must demonstrate how the project will lead to positive economic resiliency in the 12-county Deep East Texas region.

The reviewing subcommittee will score the applications using the criteria below.

Application scoring

Student participation30 points
Local industry collaboration/economic benefits20 points
Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the subject20 points
Quality of application15 points
Budget15 points

Special considerations

Special consideration will be given to projects that:

  • actively involve students (graduate or undergraduate) in a meaningful capacity, including transformative experiences for students.
  • involve or address a particular industry need and address potential areas for positive economic impact or skills development within the 12-county Deep East Texas region.

Using grant funds

Funds may be used to support direct student involvement in the form of assistantships, stipends, scholarships and other such forms of support. 

CARRI encourages leveraging funds and resources with strategic partners to maximize project performance and impact.

Submit your project application

The application will be posted closer to July.


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