Internal Grants & Awards

Internal Grants

Competitive internal grants support work by faculty and research in new areas of endeavor.

Competitive Research Grants: Internal

The goal of the Faculty Seed Grants in the Sciences is to enable faculty to launch new, promising lines of research for which resources are currently not available. Grants are intended to fund pilot research that will generate preliminary data to leverage extramural research grant opportunities and contribute to a sustainable program of research or scholarship. Basic and applied research in the social, life, physical, and engineering sciences are eligible for funding through this program.

The goal of the Junior and Senior Faculty Research Grants in Humanities and Arts Program is to support and encourage the development of a strong program of research or scholarship by faculty in the humanities and arts.  Grants are considered “seed money” for research, in that they should lead to the growth and development of continuing research programs.

  • Deadline: February 17, 2020 by 11:59 pm
  • Program Contact: Willson Center for Humanities & Arts –
  • Eligibility: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (see the Willson Center for detailed guidelines).
  • Current Deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019 (For a 2020 grant period)
  • Eligibility: Open to all UGA faculty and administrative staff pursuing externally funded international research and technical assistance initiatives. To be eligible, proposals must identify and commit to pursue specific sources of external funding as a result of the activities enabled by the GRCG grant.
  • Amount: Grants will range from $4,000 to $8,000 each, with Office of Research/OGE matching unit contributions at a 1:1 ratio.  See guidelines for more information.
  • Program contact: Office of Global Engagement –
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Application

Provides grant support to researchers in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences to promote the development of new plant cultivars.

  • Deadline: First Wednesday in October
  • Eligibility: Full and part-time faculty, USDA adjunct positions, and permanent research scientists in the University’s “Research Professionals” classification system.  Visiting faculty and postdoctoral research associates are ineligible.
  • Amount: No upper limit, however funding proposals with large budgets (above $60,000) must have unusually strong justification.
  • Contact: Innovation Gateway –
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Application

Program Description. In his 2019 State of the University Address, President Morehead announced a new internal seed grant program for interdisciplinary proposals addressing any of the following grand challenges:

  • Healthier People
  • A More Secure Future
  • Stronger Communities

Read the call for proposals for the 2019 program.

Funded projects through the Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program:

For more information, please visit the Pre-Seed Program webpage or contact Larry Hornak, associate vice president for research, integrative team initiatives, at

For more information about teaming science programs, please visit the Integrative Team Initiatives webpage.

The Diversity Research and Scholarship Grant (DRSG) program is a collaboration of the Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Office of Institutional Diversity at the University of Georgia. The aim of this collaboration is to stimulate more diversity and inclusion related research and scholarship at UGA. The program will fund competitive internal grants to support initial work by early career faculty or to support a new emphasis on research and scholarship into diversity and inclusion by established faculty.

  • Current Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020
  • Eligibility: The DRSG program is open to all faculty tracks, including clinical and research faculty, with winning proposals to be selected on their merits. Special consideration will be given to proposals that have an interdisciplinary team of investigators and an interdisciplinary focus.
  • Amount: The DRSG program consists of a total of $40K in funding support.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Program contact: Office of Institutional Diversity –

Competitive Research Grants: Inter-Institutional

  • The last deadline for proposals was January 9, 2017.  Currently, there is no active call for this program. 
  • Eligibility: Proposals must specify at least one Principal Investigator (PI) who is a faculty member at UGA and one Principal Investigator working within a ICT located on the State of Minas Gerais and registered at FAPEMIG.
  • Amount: The total amount available by UGA and FAPEMIG in this call for proposals is US $60,000.  Each proposal may request up to US $15,000 to be supported jointly by FAPEMIG and UGA. Unit matches are required.
  • Program Contact: Office of Global Engagement –
  • The last deadline for proposals was May 28, 2019.  Currently, there is no active call for this program.
  • The University of Georgia (UGA) and University of Liverpool (Liverpool) are pleased to offer a limited number of pump-priming grants to catalyze research collaborations between the two institutions and to encourage joint applications for ongoing sponsored funding.
  • To be eligible for this competition, UGA and Liverpool faculty members must work together on a single short proposal within the scope of this call, which is to be submitted simultaneously to UGA and Liverpool for evaluation. The priority disciplines for this call are: Biological Sciences, Advanced Materials, and Humanities and Social Sciences related to issues of Heritage and Politics.
  • Responses to the call should address one or more of the following societal challenges: health and well-being, food security, environmental sustainability, human rights, inclusion and social justice
  • Program Contact: Office of Global Engagement –
  • Program Guidelines