Internal Grants & Awards

Competitive Internal Awards

UGA recognizes its accomplished faculty, postdoctoral staff, recent graduates of the Graduate School and current graduate students with a series of awards that celebrate outstanding research and creative achievement, as well as inventorship and entrepreneurship. Winners are formally announced each spring at the annual UGA Research Awards Banquet.

Changes to the Faculty Research Awards Program

The Office of Research has re-organized the Faculty Research Awards program.

Harmonized requirements honor research, creative activities, and scholarship progressively, beginning with early career awards, moving to mid-level medals and awards, and culminating with the Distinguished Research Professorship for senior faculty.

Nomination procedures are also being streamlined and simplified with deans and specified (see instructions) center directors making nominations across award types.

  • Complete nomination guidelines will be available August 1, 2017.
  • Nominations may be submitted beginning September 1, 2017.
  • The deadline for all nominations is November 1, 2017.

A summary of key criteria for each award is here.

Faculty Research Awards

UGA’s Faculty Research Awards offer progressive honors beginning with early career and mid-level faculty and culminating in the Distinguished Research Professorship.

  • Target. Assistant Professors
  • Award Details. Named for three past UGA presidents, these awards recognize early-career faculty whose research, creative activities, and scholarly achievements predict an exceptional trajectory in one of three discipline areas: Humanities and the Arts-the Michael F. Adams Award; Natural Sciences and Engineering-the Fred C. Davison Award; Social and Behavioral Sciences-the Charles B. Knapp Award
  • Eligibility. Assistant Professors post a successful third-year review process but pre-tenure. Must have been in residence at UGA for at least three years.
  • Prize. $2,000
  • Selection Process.  Nomination packages are reviewed by a discipline-specific committee of faculty. Recommendations are provided to the Vice President for Research who makes final selections.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Target. Mid-career faculty; achievement in a single project or piece of work
  • Award Details. These medals recognize mid-career faculty for an exceptional project or piece of work in one of three discipline areas: Humanities and the Arts, Natural Sciences and Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Eligibility. Associate professors and full professors within 3 years of promotion.  Must have been in residence at UGA for at least three years.
  • Prize. $1,500
  • Selection Process. Nomination packages are reviewed by a discipline-specific committee of faculty. Recommendations are provided to the Vice President for Research who makes final selections.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Past Recipients
  • Target. Mid-career faculty
  • Award Details. Named for three renowned UGA professors, these awards recognize mid-career faculty whose research, creative activities, and scholarly achievements at UGA have gained nation and international recognition, placing the recipient at the forefront of his or her field, in one of three discipline areas: Humanities and the Arts-the Albert Christ-Janer Award; Natural Sciences and Engineering-the Lamar Dodd Award; Social and Behavioral Sciences-the William A. Owens Award
  • Eligibility. Associate professors and full professors within 3 years of promotion.  Must have been in residence at UGA for at least three years.
  • Prize. $2,500 and framed art piece
  • Selection Process. Nomination packages are reviewed by a discipline-specific committee of faculty. Recommendations are provided to the Vice President for Research who makes final selections.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Past Recipients
  • Target. Professors
  • Award Details. This title is awarded to recognize senior faculty for an internationally known innovative and transformative body of work, coupled with the strong promise of continuing excellence.
  • Eligibility. Full Professors. Must have been in residence at UGA for at least 3 years.
  • Prize. $7,000 one-time, permanent salary increase; $5,000 per year for 5 years in research support
  • Selection Process. Nomination packages are reviewed by a multidisciplinary committee of senior faculty. Recommendations are provided to the Vice President for Research, who forwards his recommendations to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; final selections are made in conjunction with the President.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Past Recipients

Innovation Awards

The Inventor of the Year Award recognizes a discovery by a University of Georgia faculty inventor.

  • Target. Inventors, plant breeders, and other technology creators
  • Award Details. One award per year to a qualified applicant
  • Eligibility. Current, former, or emeritus faculty members
  • Prize. Engraved crystal award
  • Selection Process.  By Innovation Gateway

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes the entrepreneurial achievements of a University of Georgia Faculty Founder.

  • Target. Faculty who have started a company to bring UGA innovations into the marketplace
  • Award Details. One award per year to a qualified applicant
  • Eligibility. Current, former, or emeritus faculty members who have started a company based on research originated at UGA
  • Prize. Engraved crystal award
  • Selection Process.  By Innovation Gateway

Postdoctoral Scholars

  • Target. Postdoctoral appointees
  • Award Details. In recognition of the integral role and remarkable contributions that postdoctoral research scholars make to the UGA research enterprise, up to two awards will recognize research accomplishments from work performed in a UGA postdoctoral position.
  • Eligibility. Nominees must occupy a UGA Postdoctoral Research/Research & Teaching Associate, Fellow, or Fellow Adjunct position at the time of nomination for this award.
  • Selection Process. Nomination packages are reviewed by a committee of faculty.  Recommendations are provided to the vice president for research, who makes the final selections.
  • Prize. $2,000
  • Detailed Guidelines

Graduate Students

  • Target. Recent graduates of the UGA Graduate School
  • Award Details. As a memorial to Dr. Robert C. Anderson, former Vice President for Research, two awards to recent graduates of the UGA Graduate School are made annually.  Usually, although not necessarily, one award is made in the natural sciences and one in any other field.
  • Eligibility University of Georgia graduate students who received their terminal degree no more than two years prior to the award year (not calendar year of application) are eligible for nomination.
  • Selection Process. Nomination packages are reviewed by a committee of faculty. Recommendations are provided to the vice president for research, who makes the final selections.
  • Prize. $1,000
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Target. Current graduate students studying computer and/or networking technology
  • Award Details. An academic year scholarship awarded to a graduate student whose dissertation/thesis research reflects state-of-the-art utilization of computer and/or networking technology in the sciences or creative arts.  The scholarship is intended to support the recipient’s education at UGA.
  • Eligibility. Full-time graduate students in good standing will be considered.  The recipient must have completed two semesters of graduate school and have selected a thesis/dissertation research project at the time of application.
  • Selection Process. By committee, with approval of the Carmon family
  • Prize. One-time academic year scholarship of $4,000 for graduate study at UGA
  • Detailed Guidelines

These honors are administered by the UGA Graduate School, which provides detailed information with respect to eligibility, selection and prizes, as well as the application process.