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 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 $80,000) 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.

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 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.  Further information coming soon.

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.