Starting with the FY2019 cycle, the name of the program has been changed. This was done to better reflect the purpose and goals of the program. The Junior Faculty Seed Grants in STEM program was previously called the Faculty Research Grants in Science and Engineering Program (FRG).
In recognition of the increased costs of conducting research, the maximum requested amount per proposal is increased to $15,000. It is estimated that 16-20 proposals will be funded annually.
Tenure-track Assistant Professors are eligible to apply for the grant program. Applicants must be a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the time of application and at time of funding, July 1.
A detailed return on investment analysis of the FRG was conducted. Significant changes to the program resulting from this analysis include:
- Focus of support on junior tenure-track faculty (Assistant Professors) whose units have high expectations of research productivity, independence, and attraction of funding from extramural sources
- Focus on faculty who currently lack substantial extramural support from any source to support development of a suitable research program per unit expectations
- Restriction of a single award to any faculty member during his or her period of eligibility
The following is an executive summary of the return on investment analysis.
Methods, data sources, and outcome measures:
From 2006 to 2017, 593 proposals were received from 424 applicants. Major outcomes of interest for the analysis were number of extramural grant proposals submitted, number awarded, and dollar amounts received. This information was extracted from the UGA Grants Portal Report for each applicant, regardless of outcome of the FRG application. In recognition that pursuit of funding frequently requires several years of effort, primary analysis of these outcomes was restricted to 201 applicants for whom 5 years of data following the year of proposal submission was available. For those who applied multiple times, the earliest successful record was considered. The first analysis compared those who had received an FRG (n=126) to those who had applied but were not awarded an FRG (n=75). The second analysis considered only those applicants among the 201 who held no extramural funding at the time of application (n=142); among these, 90 had received an FRG and 52 had applied but were not awarded an FRG.
Major results and summary findings:
Analysis 1: FRG recipients tended to be more likely to submit extramural grant applications and submitted significantly more proposals overall that non-recipients. However, rates of success in securing extramural funding and cumulative funding levels did not differ as a function of FRG application success.
Analysis 2: Considering only those FRG applicants who had no extramural funding at the time of the FRG application, FRG recipients tended to be more likely to submit extramural grant applications and submitted significantly more proposals overall that non-recipients. While rates of success in securing extramural funding did not differ as a function of FRG application success, cumulative five year funding was significantly higher among FRG recipients.
Receipt of an FRG enhances subsequent likelihood and frequency of submission of extramural grant proposals. In the absence of current extramural grant support at the time of application, receipt of an FRG is associated with subsequent ability to attract higher levels of extramural funding.