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.

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.

Faculty Research Award nominations are made by the Dean, or Director if nominee’s primary appointment is to a Center/Institute.  Please check with your Dean’s office for internal college procedures and deadline.

  • Award Details. Early Career Scholar Awards recognize the scholarly achievements of junior faculty whose research, creative activities, and scholarly achievements indicate an aggressive trajectory toward an exceptional, sustained research career and an imminent rise to international stature in the field of study. Nominations should clearly describe the quality and promise of the work and the evidence that the quality and quantity of research productivity will continue to rise as the nominee’s career progresses. Awards are given annually in each of three discipline areas, named for three past UGA presidents:
    • 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 (tenure-track) who received the terminal degree no more than 10 years prior to the date of nomination and who 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
  • Award Details. These medals recognize a distinct, exceptional research/creative project with extraordinary impact and significance to the field of study performed by a mid-career faculty member. Nominations should clearly describe the specific project being nominated and its impact on the field. *The Creative Research Medal should not be considered a “stepping stone” or prerequisite to the Creative Research Award, which recognizes a complete body of work rather than a discrete project.
  • Eligibility. Associate professors and full professors within 3 years of promotion (tenure-track).  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
  • Award Details. Creative Research Awards recognize an established investigator whose research/creative accomplishments at UGA and overall scholarly body of work have had a major impact on the field of study and have established the investigator’s international reputation as a leader in the field. Nominations should clearly describe the scope and significance of the investigator’s work, how this contribution has influenced the field of study, and evidence of the nominee’s status as an internationally respected scholar in the field. Awards are given annually in each of three discipline areas, named for three renowned UGA professors:
    • 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 (tenure-track) who 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
  • Award Details. The title of Distinguished Research Professor recognizes senior faculty who are internationally recognized for their innovative body of work and its transformational impact on the field. The Professorship is awarded to faculty working at the very top of their discipline, who are recognized as a preeminent leader in their field of study. Nominations should clearly describe the evidence of prominence and impact of the nominee’s work, as well as the promise of ongoing and future scholarly work.
  • Eligibility. Full Professors who have been in residence at UGA for at least 3 years. Preference may be given to nominees not already holding major endowed professorships with significant research support.
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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.