Creative Activities and Research Experiences for Teams (CARET) Program

The Creative Activities and Research Experiences for Teams (CARET) program is designed to CARET Awardsenhance undergraduate involvement and experiences in research and creative activities. This funding program is designed to encourage and support faculty engagement in research or creative activities with undergraduate student collaborators using a team approach. The research or creative activity can be one project for all team members or multiple projects across students.The CARET awards are designed to support research teams of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 undergraduate students. Although it is not required, faculty members in departments with graduate programs are strongly encouraged to include Graduate Research Assistants as mentors.

Special funding will be set aside for applicants who are conducting interdisciplinary research related to at least one of these themes:

  1. Biomedical and Health Services
  2. Technology and Computing
  3. Sustainable and Safe Communities
  4. Human Development and Well-Being

The undergraduates will be required to present their research at the annual Symposium of Student Scholars. Students are encouraged to also present their findings in an off-campus professional venue (e.g., exhibition, professional or undergraduate research conference). Students who have completed a presentation or exhibition at an off-campus venue as a result of this program will be designated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar and presented with an Undergraduate Research Honor Cord prior to graduation.

Upon the completion of the project(s), recipients are required to send a final report to the Office of Undergraduate Research that includes abstract(s) of the project results and a list of the presentations/ publications/ exhibitions from the work completed.


Application Deadline

Sunday February 21, 2021 @ 11:59pm EST

CARET Budget

The faculty member will construct a budget that does not exceed $8,000. Possible budget items could include, but are not limited to:
  • Faculty course release or summer salary
  • Travel funding for undergraduate team to either collect data or present at a conference
  • Supplies or other project needs

Funding Period: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Due to end-of-year spending deadlines, please have all funds encumbered by April 30.


Funds will be awarded only to full-time faculty under contract with KSU during time period of funding award. Temporary and part-time faculty members are not eligible.

  • The panel review group will not consider late or incomplete applications for any reason.

    Selection is competitive. You will be notified within two weeks of the deadline if your grant has been funded.

    • Quality and significance of the research or creative activity proposed.
    • The degree to which students are involved in the creative activity or research. Projects that emphasize a significant contribution and involvement of students rather than simply using students as “data gatherers” will be given preference.
    • Impact on student learning with respect to involvement in professional research and creative activities.
    • Feasibility of obtaining results suitable for presentation or exhibition in the time frame available.
    • Preference is given to applicants who have not received a CARET award previously. Because CARET awards have become increasingly competitive, it is highly unlikely that previous recipients would be awarded another CARET award.
    • Preference is given to CARET proposals involving larger teams.
    • Preference is given to proposals that have identified the student researchers already or have a concrete plan regarding recruitment of student researchers.
    • All KSU-supported research projects are administered in accordance with established University fiscal procedures and research policies. These include all travel regulations, policies relating to the protection of human subjects, and policies related to intellectual property rights. Equipment and computer software purchased through faculty development money become the property of the University, earmarked for the individual's use while at the institution during the time the project continues. All publications and presentations must acknowledge the assistance of Kennesaw State University.
    • The faculty member and students are expected to obtain Institutional Review Board approval prior to collecting any data if the project includes research involving human or animal participants.