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 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
  • Eligibility: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (see the Willson Center for detailed guidelines).

Important Announcement: The March 2020 and May 2020 cycles are only open to postdocs and graduate students.  Going forward, faculty members should apply to the International Travel Funds Program from the Office of the Provost.  Beginning July 1, 2020, graduate students will apply to The Graduate School for foreign travel assistance.

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

  • Deadlines: Second Tuesdays in January, March, May, July, September and November.
  • Eligibility: Postdoctoral associates and graduate students are eligible. 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
  • 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.
  • 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

Funded projects through the Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program:

Up to $1 million will be available to support interdisciplinary teams of UGA faculty, possibly working with external collaborators from other universities, government agencies, or the private sector, who submit compelling proposals to address key aspects of these broad themes. Proposals must 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/outreach components when appropriate.

Funding. Awards may range from $50,000 to $150,000 per grant proposal, with actual amounts based on itemized budgets. Funds may be used in any customary way to support research, including for salary/stipend support of key personnel (faculty summer salary capped at two months). However, these funds are not intended to support conferences, external collaborators, or course buyouts. Awarded funds will be available July 1, 2019, and must be expended by Dec. 31, 2020.

Faculty may participate in more than one application in this funding cycle, provided that each application is for a scientifically distinct project. Faculty should NOT submit proposals that EITHER represent the continuation of a project previously funded by the first Presidential Seed Grant Program OR that have significant overlap with a proposal previously funded by the first Presidential Seed Grant Program. Proposals that were reviewed but not funded in the first Presidential Seed Grant Program should not be submitted to this round unless they have been substantially revised.

Notice of Intent. Teams must submit a short Notice of Intent to the Office of Research via the Notice of Intent Submission Form by March 15, 2019. It should include: proposal title; name and email of the contact PI (for communication with the Office of Research); names/affiliations of all other UGA faculty; and a brief but clear description of the proposal’s goals and approaches (3 sentences maximum).

Full proposal: Submit proposals via the Proposal Submission Form by April 30, 2019. Late proposals will not be considered. Proposals, submitted as a single PDF, should include:

  • Project title.
  • Identification of the relevant theme.
  • Name, affiliation, and email of the contact PI (must be a single individual).
  • Name, affiliation, and email of all other co-PIs at UGA or elsewhere.
  • For each PI/coPI, a brief paragraph describing their relevant experience and accomplishments. Faculty may participate in more than one proposal.
  • Project summary, written in lay terms and not to exceed half a page.
  • Work plan (bulk of proposal). What will the team do? Will it build on prior interactions? What are the anticipated outcomes? Be as specific as possible. The work plan should not exceed 5 single-spaced pages with a minimum 11-point font and one inch margins.
  • Identification of future external funding opportunities the team intends to pursue (be specific; avoid “such as” or “like”).
  • Itemized budget.

Contact email for questions:

Review: Proposals will be reviewed by a team of UGA faculty and administrators jointly assembled by the Office of Research and the Office of Public Service and Outreach. Review criteria will include: the degree to which the proposal addresses the identified grand challenge; extent of interdisciplinary collaboration; strength of the team and its leadership; specificity with which the team has identified and researched a subsequent external funding target.

The Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research Pre-Seed Program provides early stage developmental funding to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around a critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics. The goal of the pre-seed funding is to stimulate large-scale research team formation and position UGA faculty groups to be competitive for attracting resources for collaborative research, including internal UGA seed grants and ultimately, external grant support. The Program, first launched in the 2019-2020 academic year, is offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research, in partnership with the Office of the Provost.

Applications are now closed for the FY2020 funding cycle and are anticipated to reopen in Fall 2020.

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

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.

Deadline for UGA-Liverpool Pump Priming Grants Extended until May 28, 2019


  • 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
  • Current deadline: May 17, 2019
  • Program Guidelines