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2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program

Applications are open for the 2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program.

The Presidential Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Programs, launched first in 2017 and again in 2019 through a partnership between the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, were highly successful as reflected by the value of external grants subsequently won by teams to pursue the work initiated through these seed grants. In response to this continued success, President Morehead has committed funds for a third competition in 2021 and invites interdisciplinary faculty teams to submit proposals.

Research Focus

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.

Program Structure

Up to $1.5 million will be available to support interdisciplinary teams of UGA faculty who submit compelling proposals. Applications may include external collaborators from academia, government agencies, or the private sector, but any funds awarded through this program must be spent at UGA. Proposals must describe work that will position teams to be competitive for specific, externally funded, multi-investigator and/or multi-institution awards. Proposals may include academic and public service faculty, and both research and outreach components when appropriate.


Awards may range from $50,000 to $150,000 per grant proposal, with actual amounts based on itemized and justified 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) and, in particular, graduate students. However, these funds may not be used to support conferences, external collaborators, or course buyouts. Awarded funds will be available December 1, 2021 and must be expended by June 30, 2023.


Faculty may participate in more than one application 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 Presidential Seed Grant Program or have significant overlap with a proposal previously funded by the Presidential Seed Grant Program. Proposals that were reviewed but not funded in previous Presidential Seed Grant Program rounds should not be submitted to this round unless they have been substantially revised. Projects that are currently funded via external grants are not eligible.

Proposal Submission and Review

 Letter of Intent (LOI)

Teams must submit a short LOI by August 1, 2021 using the submission website link. The LOI includes proposal title, name and email of the contact PI, names and affiliations the UGA faculty in the team; and a brief but clear description of the challenge to be addressed, goals and approach of the proposed team research (5 sentences maximum).

Full Proposal

Teams that have previously submitted an LOI may submit a proposal by midnight September 15, 2021. Late proposals will not be considered. The submission website will be open for proposal submission immediately following the LOI deadline.

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