The purpose of McNair Research Grant is to fund applied research that focuses on the general human needs of the Pee Dee region. These include, but are not limited to, social, educational, economic, environmental, political, and health matters. Through such research, Francis Marion University hopes to serve as a catalyst for enhancing the quality of life for the people of the region.

While not a requirement, those who are applying for a McNair Research Grant may want to consult the I-95 Corridor Survey, which provides information on the human needs of those living in the region.


      1. An applicant must be a full-time member of the university faculty. Part-time faculty, faculty on leave, graduate students, and individuals who have no direct association with the university are ineligible.
      2. Joint proposals will be treated as a single grant request and, therefore, are eligible for no more than $5000.
      3. Those submitting a joint proposal must meet requirement (1) above.
      4. Approval of grants using human subjects, radioisotopes, or vertebrates will be predicated upon approval from the Institutional Review Board (for human subjects), the Department of Physics (for radioisotopes), or the Department of Biology (for vertebrates). (A faculty member may apply for a McNair grant before receiving approval from the IRB or Physics or Biology Department, but if the IRB or Physics or Biology Department has not given its consent to the applicant prior to the grant application deadline, the applicant will be disqualified from receiving a grant.)
      5. The same applicant may not receive more than one McNair grant in any given year.
      6. Any grant money left unspent by the end of the award year, be it because of the grantee’s inability to complete the project or other reason, will revert to the university account.
      7. Any publications produced by the grant must acknowledge both Francis Marion University and the Robert E. McNair Center for Government and History.
      8. Grant recipients are deemed responsible for overseeing their budgets.
      9. At the end of the year, an applicant must submit a final report detailing:
        • How the grant money was appropriated and spent.
        • How the grant money allowed the grantee to achieve or approach the objectives detailed in his/her original application.
        • How the grantee’s work benefited the quality of life in the Pee Dee region.

Applications will be submitted once a year. The due date will be February 15, 2017.


      • Grants may not be used for the following:
    • To supplement one’s salary
    • To supplement funding approved by another FMU committee (such as Research and Development or IT)
    • To supplement a junior faculty summer stipend
    • To supplement a REAL grant
    • To offer stipends or fellowships to students unrelated to the grant
    • To support projects initiated by students
    • To support the completion of student research (such as an Honor’s or master’s theses, or dissertations)
    • To conduct research that does not meet the criteria set forth above


        • Applications should be no more than 15 pages and include the following:
    1. A cover letter detailing in layperson’s language:
      • The purpose of the project
      • The objectives of the project
      • The rationale/justification for the project
      • Methodology
      • The use of human subjects, radioisotopes, or vertebrate animals (if applicable)
      • How the project will benefit the quality of life in the Pee Dee region
      • Whether the applicant has sought or received funding from external sources for the project. If money for the project has already been awarded, the applicant must demonstrate that a McNair grant is necessary for completion of the project
    2. A detailed budget. Itemize expenses for travel, equipment, software, and other costs. The budget should be for a maximum of 18 months. Note the following:
      • Any requests for travel by car must not exceed that permitted by FMU.
      • Any requests for hotel stays must not exceed that permitted by FMU.
      • Per diem requests must not exceed that permitted by FMU.
      • If the applicant requires a computer and/or software, he/she must demonstrate why that particular computer and/or software is essential to his/her work. The applicant must also show that he/she was unable to get funding for that computer and/or software from another source (such as from his/her department or another grant-awarding FMU committee).
      • If the applicant requires specialized equipment, he/she must demonstrate why that equipment is essential to his/her work. The applicant must also show that he/she was unable to get funding for that equipment from another source, be that source internal or external to the university (including his/her department or another grant-awarding FMU committee).
      • If leasing of equipment is an option, the applicant must explain why purchasing said equipment is necessary.
      • Any equipment purchased via a McNair grant becomes the property of FMU.
    3. A curriculum vita of no more than two pages
    4. Submit a copy of your application to the McNair Center Director, Dr. Christopher Johnson, either in hard copy or via e-mail (either as a Word document or PDF).

NOTE: An applicant may not change the original objectives of his/her application without the expressed written approval of the grant committee. If those alterations are approved by the grant committee, a grantee may transfer no more than 25 percent of his/her budget to one of the budget lines provided for in the original proposal.


    • All applications will be considered by the McNair Center Director, who will look at the following:
            • Whether the application is complete.
            • Whether the application meets the criteria set forth above.
            • The competence of the applicant.
            • Whether the applicant’s work is designed to enhance the quality of life in the Pee Dee.

Grant recipients will be notified in March.