Internal Grants & Awards

Internal Grants

Competitive internal grants support initial work by early career faculty and research in new areas of endeavor, and travel to foreign conferences and symposia.

Competitive Research Grants: Internal

The Faculty Research Grants (FRG) are conducted in two separate competitions in support of research and scholarship by faculty. Both programs utilize the same guidelines. Also, be sure to read the Tips for FRG Applicants. (The Willson Center also administers the Research Clusters Grant competition funded by the Office of Research. Separate guidelines and application are available at the Willson Center website.)

  • Faculty Research Grant competitions:
    • Junior Faculty Research Grants in the Sciences
    • Junior and Senior Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities and Arts
  • Deadline for both FRG competitions: First Tuesday in February (These awards will now be on a fiscal year cycle instead of a calendar year cycle. Awarded grants start July 1.)
  • Eligibility: FRGs in the Sciences are designed for early career faculty (instructors, assistant professors and assistant research scientists); FRGs in the Humanities and Arts fund junior and senior faculty.
  • Amounts: Average grants are in the $3,000 – $10,000 range for faculty research grants.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Application
  • Tips for FRG Applicants
  • Faculty Research Grant Budget Template
  • Project Request Form
  • Resulting External Funding Form

Provides assistance in the form of round-trip airfare for travel to foreign destinations specifically to participate in conferences for faculty and graduate students through a competitive process.

  • Deadlines: Second Tuesdays in January, March, May, July, September and November.
  • Eligibility: Faculty members, research professionals, postdoctoral associates, and graduate students are eligible. All Adjunct professors and Non-UGA paid employees are ineligible.
  • Amount: The lowest round-trip airfare available
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Application
  • Deadlines: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (for a July 1, 2017 grant start date)
  • 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/OIE matching unit contributions at a 1:1 ratio.  See guidelines for more information.
  • 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

Competitive Research Grants: Inter-Institutional

The goal of the University of Georgia (UGA) – Georgia Regents University (GRU) Seed Funding Program is to explicitly encourage competitive extramural grant proposals involving personnel from both institutions (the PI may be at either institution).

These funds are being distributed in order to stimulate new collaborative projects between UGA and GRU that subsequently lead to new external grants, and applicants should keep this overriding goal in mind. Applicants and successful recipients must commit to submitting applications to external funding agencies by the specified deadlines.

Proposals are invited from a broad range of disciplines. Interdisciplinary or translational proposals, in particular, are encouraged.

As part of the University of Georgia (UGA) / University of Liverpool Partnership, we are providing financial and logistical support for preliminary work toward full-fledged collaborative projects in research and scholarship between the two institutions. The two institutions are offering seed grants / pump-priming grants to incentivize and catalyze research collaborations between the two institutions and encourage joint applications for ongoing sponsored funding to continue the collaborations.

  • Deadlines: The next to last Friday of October (in 2015, October 23) – UPDATE: The deadline for 2015 has been extended to Friday, November 6, 2015.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for this competition, UGA and Liverpool faculty members must have initial conversations about the potential collaboration and work together on a single short proposal for this seed grant competition.
  • Amount: The funds will involve equal shares from both institutions of amounts up to $9000 / £5300 total. For more details on the distribution of the grant funds, see the full guidelines.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Deadlines: Monday, January 9, 2017
  • 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.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • UGA Submissions – Application