Internal Grants & Awards

Internal Grants

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

Internal Research Support Co-Funding Program

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Purpose: This internal co-funding program is designed to provide a transparent and predictable mechanism through which faculty and units may request funds from the Office of Research to support needs and activities that don’t fall within the scope of any other formal internal funding mechanism or program. The goal of the program is to provide institutional support that enhances research activities and advances UGA’s strategic research goals; requests must demonstrate how the requested support will meet this goal. Funds awarded via this mechanism require matching support from faculty and their academic and/or administrative units.

Requests considered through this mechanism include:

  • Bridge funding: support to sustain research activity during brief gaps in ongoing external funding.
  • Targeted infrastructure support: equipment purchase/repair, research resource access/subscription.
  • Inter- and Intra-institutional program support: funding programs to be administered by UGA units and/or their partners, e.g. center/institute seed funding.
  • Event support: one-time support for major high-profile research events in which UGA plays a leadership role.
  • Other kinds of Institutional Support needed to foster an environment that enhances research activities and advances UGA’s strategic research goals.

Requests that should NOT be submitted through this mechanism include:

Who may apply:

  • Requests may be submitted by individual faculty or unit leadership. If requests are submitted directly by individual faculty, documentation of matching support commitment must be included with supporting documentation.
  • Multiple requests from a unit may be submitted; however, if multiple submissions are made in a single application cycle, they must be prioritized by the unit.


  • Quarterly, on the first Monday of February, May, August, November.

Application: Applications will be submitted through UGA InfoReady. The site will open approximately one month prior to each deadline. Required application information includes:

  • Category of Request.
  • Concise rationale for request, including objectives to be achieved, expected outcomes, and scope of individuals and units impacted.
  • Budget: The budget plan must include the following:
    1. An itemized budget for the total amount of funds needed from all sources. Faculty summer salary may not be included.
    2. Co-funding commitments from all other sources. Successful requests typically provide a 2:1 match from the faculty and/or academic/administrative units making the request, such that funding from the Office of Research represents less than a third of the total cost.
    3. Amount of co-funding requested from the Office of Research.
  • Unit’s ranking among multiple requests, if applicable.
  • Approval by Faculty, Unit Head, and Dean or Associate Dean for Research.

Review: Applications will be reviewed by UGA faculty experts and OoR leadership, and awarded on a competitive basis. Funding decisions will be announced approximately one month after each deadline.

  • General review criteria include:
    • alignment with UGA strategic research goals
    • the scope of impact among UGA faculty and across units,
    • matching support from relevant units, and
    • potential “return on investment”, broadly defined by publications, funding, collaboration, talent recruiting/retention, diversity, or recognition.
  • Additional category-specific review criteria include:
    • Researcher support: evidence of prior research success and potential for future impact, unit investment.
    • Infrastructure support: history of infrastructure support received, clear plan for future support and maintenance, coordination with existing plans/resources and Cores.
    • Event support: scope and prestige of event, UGA’s role and recognition in the event. If prior funding received, evidence of impact.
    • Program Support: internal process for selecting recipients, leadership history, and plan for future of program. For inter-institutional support: evidence of partnership plan and leadership collaboration.

Term: Requests for recurring support (i.e. subscriptions, partnership programs) are limited to three years, and are subject to competitive review for renewal or extension.

Reporting: Outcomes and impact must be reported to OoR 1 year from award date, including:

  • Progress in achieving initial objectives and outcomes
  • Publications, grant submissions, grant awards, and/or collaborations resulting from funding.
  • Multi-year support requires annual reporting.
  • Reports will also be submitted via InfoReady.

Competitive Research Grants: Internal

About the Program

The COVID Impact Research Recovery Funding is a partnership between the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Research, in response to the prolonged research disruptions that faculty across disciplines, especially early career faculty, have experienced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. To aid and accelerate recovery from these disruptions and restore pre-pandemic research trajectories, Provost Hu and Vice President for Research Karen Burg have committed funds for a competitive internal grant program to be awarded FY23.

Funding Focus

Proposals should describe disruptions to research projects and plans resulting from the pandemic and how additional internal funding would enable the faculty member or research team to initiate or resume research and restore research trajectories that were blunted or interrupted due to COVID. Proposals must describe work that will position faculty members or teams to be competitive for specific, externally funded awards or produce major scholarly works.

Examples of COVID disruptions include but are not limited to: inability to conduct field work, loss of access to human subjects or research settings (e.g., schools, clinics, hospitals, community organizations); inability to meet in-person with collaborators; delays in clinical or laboratory-based research programs due to requirements to de-densify workspaces or work remotely; travel restrictions that prevented or impaired ability to conduct field work, archival research, or other location-specific research or collaboration; child or family care demands resulting in reduced time and energy to engage in research, scholarship, or submitting proposals.

Program Structure

Up to $300,000 will be available to support individual UGA faculty or research teams who submit compelling proposals. Applications may include external collaborators from academia, government agencies, or the private sector. Funds awarded through this program must be spent at UGA by the end of Fiscal Year 2023.


Maximum awards of $25,000 per proposal, with itemized and justified budgets required for budget requests greater than $10,000. Funds may be used in any customary way to support research, including: salary support for the faculty applicant and other UGA non-faculty key personnel (faculty summer salary capped at one month), undergraduate and graduate students; research supplies and small equipment; conference registration; data, software, and technology; travel; and, as allowed by unit-level policies, course buyouts. Awarded funds are expected to be available on or before October 1, 2022, and must be expended by June 30, 2023.   UPDATE: Notifications are expected to be sent mid-October.


All faculty in all ranks and tracks, including academic-rank, non-tenure track, and public service, are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to early-career faculty with research expectations for promotion and/or tenure. Projects that are currently funded via internal or external grants are eligible to the extent that the proposal justifies how the additional internal funding will allow the faculty member or research team to restore, maintain, or maximize such other funding.

Proposal Submission and Review

Individual faculty members or teams are required to submit proposals by 11:59 PM, September 1, 2022, using the submission form on Office of Research’s InfoReady site. The InfoReady submission link will be made available by August 1, 2022.

Proposals must include:

  • Submission form field – Proposal title.
  • Submission form field – Name, affiliation and email of the contact PI (must be a single individual).
  • Submission form field (1 paragraph/200 word limit) – Brief statement of the faculty member’s or research team’s research focus or program.
  • Submission form field (600 word limit) – Brief description of the COVID-related impacts on the faculty applicant’s research to be addressed by the funding.
  • Submission form field – Identification of specific major scholarly submissions that will result from the support.
  • Submission form field – If appropriate for the discipline, identification of future external funding opportunities that the individual faculty member or the team intends to pursue (be specific; do no use “such as” or “like”).
  • File Upload – Project summary, written in lay terms, explaining how the funding will be used to initiate, resume, restore, or further COVID-impacted research and anticipated outcomes in advancing the faculty member’s or research teams’ research program, as specifically as possible. The project summary must not exceed 2 single-spaced pages with a minimum 11-point font and one-inch margins.
  • File Upload – Itemized budget using the template found here.
  • File Upload – Brief budget justification, including the role of all personnel to be supported with salary.


Proposals will be reviewed by a team of UGA faculty and administrators jointly assembled by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs, and Office of Research. Review criteria will include:

  • the clarity with which the proposal specifies the COVID-related research impacts and justifies the need for internal funding to enable the faculty member or team to maintain, resume, restore, or advance the research focus or program.
  • the specificity with which the proposal identifies the outcome and impact of the support, including subsequent external funding targets and competitiveness and likelihood for such external funding.

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The SEC Faculty Travel Program was established in 2012 and aims to foster relationships that stimulate collaboration between SEC member universities relative to exchanging ideas, developing grant proposals, presenting lectures, conducting research and delivering performances. In support of the SEC Faculty Travel Program, the SEC provides up to $10,000 in travel awards to each SEC university to assist participating faculty.

Click here for the current 2022-2023 UGA competition submission form in UGA’s InfoReady Portal.  Deadline: July 13, 2022

UGA Program Contact:

SEC Faculty Travel Program website


SEC Guidelines and Procedures

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) Faculty Travel Program is intended to enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities. It gives faculty members from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals and conduct research. The program may not be used in conjunction with outside employment. General program procedures are as follows:

Each SEC university will be able to access up to $10,000 per year from the SEC for faculty members participating in the travel program.

Travel program checks will be written from the SEC in late October or early November to the faculty member’s home institution and will be applicable to all program participants. The faculty member’s home institution is responsible for distributing the travel funds for transportation, room, board, etc.

The faculty member may visit any SEC institution, and consideration must be given to how many other SEC faculty will be on a particular campus that year and/or in the same timeframe. (All travel must occur between August 1, 2022, and July 31, 2023.)

The travel funds should be used during an appropriate period, such as a sabbatical leave, the summer, a designated university break, etc. Faculty members are responsible for arranging coverage of their duties at their home institutions.

The faculty member should contact a host unit (e.g., department, research center, school etc.) that he or she wishes to visit to determine that unit’s receptivity and availability. During the visit, the faculty member may consult with faculty and/or students, offer lectures, present concerts, conduct research, etc.

After the visit, the faculty member should submit a brief report to the university’s SEC Faculty Travel Program contact ( describing outcomes of the visit. A standard form for this report is available from the university point of contact.

Please note that the SEC Faculty Travel Grant funds apply to travel expenses only (airfare, lodging, meal per diems, shuttle/taxi service, etc). Funds awarded may not necessarily cover all of the trip’s travel costs; this program is intended to lessen the financial burden associated with travel, lodging, and meals.


Faculty members can submit applications on their own behalf, as these funds cannot cover teams, groups, or staff working with the faculty member. Travel funds may not be used for non travel-related expenses. The program is intended to lessen the financial burden associated with travel, lodging and meals.

Limitation Details

UGA typically divides this $10,000 grant amongst 4-10 recipients. To be considered for a portion of this grant, please submit an internal application according to the required internal submission instructions. Note that faculty members can only submit applications on their own behalf, as these funds cannot cover teams, groups, or staff working with the faculty member.

SEC Member Universities

University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Auburn University – Auburn, Alabama

University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida

University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia

University of Kentucky – Lexington, Kentucky

Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) – Oxford, Mississippi

Mississippi State University – Starkville, Mississippi

University of Missouri – Columbia, Missouri

University of South Carolina – Columbia, South Carolina

University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee

Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas

Vanderbilt University – Nashville, Tennessee


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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 creative practice and activity 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 or creative programs. The Faculty Research Grant (FRG) program is funded by the Office of Research through the University of Georgia Research Foundation.

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 $100,000) must have unusually strong justification.
  • Contact: Innovation Gateway –
  • Detailed Guidelines
  • Application

Program Description: President Jere W. Morehead has announced a new round of this internal seed grant program for interdisciplinary proposals.

Team proposals should address a significant challenge at the local, national, or global level and support UGA’s 2025 Strategic Plan goal of growing research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Challenge examples include those in areas identified by the Provost’s Task Force (precision agriculture, security, climate and environment, and brain and behavioral sciences), those requiring close collaboration between social/behavioral and biomedical faculty, and those leveraging advances in data science and AI.

Read the 2021 call for proposals.

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.

Competitive Travel Grants: Internal

This program is administered through the UGA Office of Postdoctoral Affairs within the Office of Research and provides support for domestic and foreign travel to national and international conferences for UGA postdoctoral scholars to present research.

This program will be administered through the Office of the Provost. Check the website for the most up-to-date information.

This program will be administered through the Graduate School. Further information coming soon.

Competitive Research Grants: Inter-Institutional

There are currently no active Inter-Institutional Competitive Research Grant Programs administered through the Office of Research.