Announcements Internal Grants & Awards Funding

The Office of Research announces the FY 2024 cycle for the Faculty Seed Grants in the Sciences and Engineering.

The goal of the Faculty Seed Grants in the Sciences and Engineering is to enable faculty to launch new, promising lines of research for which resources are currently not available. These seed grants are intended to fund pilot research generating preliminary data that will be leveraged to compete for externally funded grant/contract opportunities and contribute to a sustainable program of research and scholarship. Basic and applied research in the social, life, physical sciences and engineering are eligible for funding through this program. (Note: The Office of Research funds research grants in Humanities and Arts through a separate program managed by the Willson Center).

All faculty (tenure-track and non-tenure track) with research EFT (equivalent full-time) are eligible with the following exceptions: 1) Applicants may not have access to more than $25,000 in institutional or discretionary research funding (e.g., start-up, salary returns or IDC returns) during the award year, and 2) Tenured applicants may not have received more than $50,000 in institutional research support in the past three years (e.g., bridge funding or other research funds).

See the guidelines on the Office of Research Internal Grants webpage here. Answers to frequently asked questions, award conditions, and other information are on the Faculty Seed Grants FAQs page.

The deadline for proposal submission is Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

Grants for successful applications will be awarded with start date of July 1, 2023 (FY 2024).

Announcements Internal Grants & Awards Funding

The Office of Research encourages the nominations of deserving scholars for the 2020-2021 UGA Research Awards.

In light of the unique demands on faculty and departmental administrators this fall semester, Office of Research has extended the deadline for submission of nominations beyond the original date of November 1, 2020.  The new deadline is January 25, 2021, consistent with the deadlines for awards from the provost’s office.  We hope that this additional time allows all deserving faculty, postdocs and graduate students the opportunity to be nominated.

This extension applies to the following research awards:

  • Faculty Research Awards:
    • Early Career Scholar Awards,
    • Creative Research Medals,
    • Creative Research Awards,
    • Distinguished Research Professorships
  • Postdoctoral Research Awards (postdocs) and
  • Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award (recent graduate students)

Faculty Research Award nominations are processed through Deans’ offices; please check with your Dean’s office for internal college procedures and deadline.  

The Postdoctoral Research Award nominations must initiate from the faculty mentor/supervisor of the postdoc and include a cover letter from the department head, dean or center/institute director supporting the nomination.  The Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award nominations are made by the nominee’s major professor and department head.

The guidelines for the awards have been updated for 2020-2021 (“Revised 4-2020” should appear in the bottom left corner of the guidelines).Please check the website for the most up-to-date information and forms for our Internal Grants and Awards ( and email if you have any questions.

The Office of Research strongly supports diversity in all its programs. We encourage nominations of women and underrepresented minorities for these awards.

Internal Grants & Awards Funding

Twelve faculty teams at the University of Georgia have been selected to receive research awards through the institution’s Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program. More than 150 faculty teams submitted research proposals to this competitive program.

“I want to congratulate the recipients of these awards on their outstanding research proposals,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead. “I am excited about the potential for their work to help address a wide range of grand challenges facing our state, nation, and world and to feed the growing momentum surrounding the research enterprise at UGA.”  

Morehead noted that the budget for the seed grant program was capped originally at $1 million, but the high number of strong proposals led him to increase the budget to approximately $1.4 million in order to fund a greater number of promising research projects.

Proposals were reviewed by a team of UGA faculty and administrators jointly assembled by Vice President for Research David Lee and Vice President for Public Service and Outreach Jennifer Frum.

“The review team was pleased to receive so many excellent proposals from across the University,” Lee said. “The great interest in this program is a clear sign of the deep commitment among our faculty to collaborate across traditional disciplinary lines to create new knowledge and make discoveries that improve the world around us.”

The review team selected winning proposals based on demonstrated potential to address key grand challenges and to generate new external funding in the future. Inclusion of public service and outreach components also was considered, among other criteria.

“Above all else, the winning proposals reflect what makes the University of Georgia special as a land-grant institution,” said Frum, “and that is the ability to harness vast resources in teaching, research, and service to address the complex challenges facing communities across Georgia and beyond.”

See winning proposals and investigators.

Announcements Internal Grants & Awards Funding

The University of Georgia and the Minas Gerais State Research Foundation have launched a new partnership to support international research collaboration with grant awards up to $15,000 to tackle issues — such as Zika and other infectious diseases — important to both Georgia and Minas Gerais, a large state located in southeastern Brazil.

The grant program was announced this week in Tiradentes, Minas Gerais, where 12 UGA faculty joined their Brazilian counterparts from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and the Federal University of Viçosa for a workshop focused on creating new joint research initiatives in human and animal health, bioinformatics and genomics. UGA faculty need not have attended the workshop to participate in the grant program.

“UGA faculty already have important collaborations with colleagues in Brazil and in the State of Minas Gerais, in particular,” said Vice President for Research David Lee. “With this new joint support we hope to deepen and expand our relationships.”

Grant applications are due January 9, 2017, and awards will support preliminary research, partnership development and proposal preparation. To be eligible, proposals must identify and commit to pursue specific sources of external funding as a result of the activities enabled by the program. The program is jointly funded by the Minas Gerais State Research Foundation (whose Portuguese abbreviation is FAPEMIG) and UGA’s Office of Research, in conjunction with UGA academic units.

“Brazil is already home to more of UGA’s international partnerships than any other country in the world. Given our shared areas of research — ranging from biomaterials to infectious diseases to agriculture and bioinformatics — Minas Gerais is an ideal strategic target for collaboration with the University of Georgia,” said Brian Watkins, UGA’s director of international partnerships.

The UGA-FAPEMIG program continues an increasing commitment to international research and service at UGA, following the Global Research Collaboration Grant Program that was launched in April to encourage UGA faculty to pursue externally funded research initiatives abroad.

More information:

Download the call for proposals:

View international funding opportunities:


Announcements Internal Grants & Awards Funding

Four UGA colleges are partnering with the Office of the Vice President for Research to provide small grants to investigators who narrowly miss getting their external research proposals funded.

Investigators in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Engineering, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences,  and College of Veterinary Medicine may apply for small, one-year grants of $2,000 to $10,000 to help strategically improve a proposal’s viability upon re-submission.

For complete details on the program for each college, see links below.

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Grants on the Edge: Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.

College of Engineering Awards Within Reach: Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Grants on the Edge: Proposals reviewed on a rolling basis.

College of Veterinary Medicine Grants on the Edge:    Applications are due November 1st, 2016, with awards available in January 2017. The program also will consider small grants for new proposals  if the investigator is able to demonstrate that they have a nearly completed competitive grant application with a specific and surmountable weakness.