THRIVE Advancing Intelligent Minds (AIM)

THRIVE, in collaboration with the Graduate School, is offering AIM Developmental Grants for the 2020-21 academic year to provide funding to assist graduate students gain practical experiences or conduct scholarship that is relevant to the student’s field of study.  Recipients of this grant must propose to develop a tangible product, such as a performance, publication, presentation or scholarly document.  Projects must be completed within one academic year.

Interested students should submit a proposal describing their intended project, product and budget to the Graduate School.  We encourage proposals that will advance student inquiries in new and innovative directions.  Proposals may be disciplinary, but interdisciplinary or collaborative projects are encouraged, as are entrepreneurial endeavors and community/civic engagement projects which demonstrate significant scholarly, research and creative components.


Minority or Underrepresented Graduate Students


Complete the grant application and submit the complete proposal by the required deadline, Friday, November 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

THRIVE AIM Grant Application Form 

Applications can be submitted in person at The Graduate School, by mail at MSC 6702, or via email to


Grants will be selected for full or partial funding.  The maximum grant award is $2000.  The amount of funding for selected grants will be determined by the proposal.  Funding can be used for supplies, equipment, research expenses, travel, conference registrations, workshops, seminars or related fees.  Grant funds must be spent before June 9, 2021.

Note: Funding is typically not awarded for equipment or software that is freely available for student use on campus. Any equipment purchased with grant funding must be listed in the proposed budget, and will remain the property of JMU.

If you have questions about this process, please contact Laura Ryman at


Showcase of Graduate Scholarship and Creative Activities
Students applying for an AIM Grant should plan on attending the Showcase for a short presentation about their research/project on April 2021.

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