‘Pre-seed’ funding available to jump-start formation of research teams

The Office of Research, in partnership with the Office of the Provost, will provide “pre-seed” funding to facilitate the formation of faculty teams and collaboration around critical areas of research expertise or emerging research topics. This program will be coordinated by Larry Hornak, the new associate vice president for research, integrative team initiatives.

The goal of the pre-seed funding is to stimulate large-scale research team formation and position UGA faculty groups to be more competitive in attracting resources for collaborative research, including internal UGA seed grants and ultimately, external grant support.

Each participating faculty member will be assigned $500. When a group with a minimum of six members across at least two different disciplines/academic units comes together to form a team, the total amount ($500 x number of faculty) will be transferred to the team leader for management.

This funding level is insufficient to support research, per se, however it may be used for team-building activities such as networking meals, part-time student support, group website development, and travel to meet with potential external collaborators or funding agencies.  Faculty may not use this funding to work on a project that is already supported by university funds, directly or indirectly through a center/institute/program.

Each team should be led by a tenure-track or tenured faculty member. Teaching, research and service faculty who are not tenure-track or tenured may participate as team members. Faculty members may join multiple teams, but they will still receive $500 per individual, to be divided among all the teams they join.

To apply for funding, the team leader should upload a name for the team, a brief description of its intended research focus, a visual representation or image of the research, and a list of current team members via the Teaming for Interdisciplinary Research Submission Form. This information will be used to create a single website listing the various projects.

A total of $50,000 is available this current fiscal year (FY2020). All requests will be honored until the available funding is exhausted. A similar amount will be available in FY2021 to continue this initiative.

For more information, please contact Larry Hornak at lahornak@uga.edu.