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 goal of the Junior Faculty Seed Grants in STEM Program is to support and encourage the development of a strong program of research or scholarship by early-career faculty in the sciences and engineering. Grants are intended to fund pilot research that can be used to leverage extramural research grant opportunities.

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 15, 2018 by 11:59 pm
  • Eligibility: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (see the Willson Center for detailed guidelines).

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
  • IMPORTANT – Please read the following Travel Warning Policy before submitting your application for funding.
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Application
  • Deadlines: Friday, October 12, 2018 (for a January 1, 2019 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

In his 2017 State of the University Address, President Morehead announced a new internal seed grant program for interdisciplinary proposals addressing five grand challenges:

  • Enhancing Global Health and Well-Being
  • Ensuring Safe Food and Water
  • Promoting Cyber, Domestic, and Global Security
  • Engineering Environmental Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Building Vital and Prosperous Communities

Up to $1 million dollars will be made available to support cross-disciplinary teams of UGA faculty, possibly working with external collaborators from other research universities, government agencies, or the private sector, who submit compelling proposals to address key aspects of these broad themes. Proposals should describe work that will position teams to be competitive for externally funded multi-investigator and/or multi-institution awards. Proposals may include academic and public service faculty and both research and outreach components when appropriate.

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Competitive Research Grants: Inter-Institutional

  • The last deadline for proposals was January 9, 2017.  Currently, there is no active call for this program.  Contact with questions.
  • 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.