Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative

Since 2001, over 3,000 students from 31 colleges and universities across Appalachia have participated in the Appalachian Collegiate Research Initiative (ACRI), formerly known as the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP). Administered by East Tennessee State University, ACRI is an applied research training program for Appalachian college students to support economic development initiatives for their communities.

2023 Participants

Students and faculty sponsors from 13 Appalachian colleges and universities completed research projects.

20 Years of ACRI

In 2021, East Tennessee State University’s Center of Excellence for Appalachian Studies and Services celebrated 20 years of coordinating ACRI.

Past ACRI Presentations