Internal Grants

nsu_5353.JPGResearch Council Grants

The NSU Research Council disseminates grant monies to Nicholls faculty for research projects in all disciplines. These funds are to be viewed as “seed money” to undertake worthy projects that will lead to larger projects, external funding, publications, performances, exhibitions or presentations. The Council is made up of representatives from each college, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Provost. Further information about the structure and mission of the Council can be found in the Faculty Handbook.

  • Tanya Schreiber, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, is the Council Chair.  Members include: Dr. Enmin Zou (Professor/Department Head of Biology), Dr. Cathleen Richard (Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies), Dr. Grant Gautreaux (Associate Professor of Teacher Education), Hayley Johnson (Assistant Librarian), Dr. Xiaoyan Chu (Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance).
  • There is no maximum award.
  • The award budget is approximately $25,000.
  • The deadline – TBA
  • For more information email

The following faculty members were competitively awarded Research Council Awards:

  • Dr. Ramaraj Boopathy, Department of Biological Sciences, “Does the Public Water Supply Carry Antibiotic Resistance Genes (ARG)? – A Study on the ARGs in Bayou Lafourche and in Treated Drinking Water,” $9,640.
  • Dr. Enmin Zou, Department of Biological Sciences, “Acquisition of Evidence for Sequential Degradation of Crustacean Exoskeleton,” $6,115.
  • Dr. Michael Zachery Darnell, Department of Biological Sciences, “Development of a Novel Biotelemetry System for Transformative Studies of Behavioral Thermoregulation in Free-ranging Mobile Intertidal Animals,” $5,885.
  • Dr. Aaron Pierce, Department of Biological Sciences, “Sex-bias in Natal Recruitment, Age of First Breeding, and Site Fidelity of Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns,” $3,360.

Technology Fee Grants

This internal grant program exists to fund projects that focus on the integration of technology into the instructional environment. The funding for the grant is generated from the Student Technology Fee – based on a per credit hour student fee. These fees are used to maintain the ITS open labs and to fund different technology projects requested by colleges and/or departments. The projects must directly benefit the students; requests for technology in faculty/staff offices is not permitted by state guidelines. The monies that the Technology Fee awards must be expended for student use and must meet the definition of technology as defined by the ULS board.

  • The term “technology” or “technologies” means computer hardware and software (and the networking and supporting computer and telecommunications infrastructure), laboratory instruments and discipline-specific equipment including but not limited to such items as scales, microscopes and musical instruments.

The proposals submitted each Spring are reviewed by Academic Computing’s technical review committee and then presented to a student subcommittee for consideration.  If the subcommittee reviewing the proposal has any questions, the faculty or staff member writing the proposal may be requested to have a 5-minute interview with the subcommittee to answer any questions they may have regarding the request.  Once voting is complete, everyone submitting a proposal will receive notification of the accepted proposals. Please contact a member of Academic Computing if you are planning to request a technology classroom, have questions regarding the proposals, or need assistance gathering information for a proposal.

Internal Proposal/Grant Submission:

Current deadline: TBA by 2.00 p.m. All proposals must be turned in to Mrs. Kim Cheesebrough in 156 Peltier Hall. Her phone number is 448-4419.

For Student Technology Fee Grant Proposal Application and explanation of scoring, click this link:  Technology Fee – Grant Proposal 2016-17.

Cash Matches for External Grants:

This aspect of the grant funding is specifically designed only to provide a match to external grants. In general, the Technology Fee will match up to 10 percent of the total requested. The portion of the grant requesting the cash match must meet the regulations for Technology Fee monies as stated by the ULS board.

  • To request cash matches for external grants, contact Mr. Ryan Dubina at 448-4978 or at
  • There is a limit amount of monies available each year for cash matches. The maximum award is a match of 10 percent of the total grant you are applying for with an external funder.