FAQ's for FACULTY RESEARCH GRANTS
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What are Student Affairs Faculty Research Grants?
- Student Affairs Faculty Research Grants provide funding to support research conducted by UGA faculty. The grants program was created in 2016 to enhance partnerships between UGA Faculty and the Division of Student Affairs, as well as create pathways for faculty to use the many facilities and programs within Student Affairs as a principle laboratory for their research.
Do I have to partner with Student Affairs?
- Partnerships with a Student Affairs unit are strongly encouraged. Faculty Research Grants are intended to support research partnerships between faculty and Student Affairs units. Partnering with a Student Affairs unit maximizes both the reach and impact of the grant. If you have further questions about partnering with a Student Affairs unit, we are happy to discuss options and opportunities with you; simply email Michele Howard.
What amount does an awarded Student Affairs Faculty grant provide?
- Grant funds are anticipated to be awarded ranging from $750 to $5,000, based upon the requested expenditures and the number of submissions awarded in the funding cycle. In the inaugural application cycle, applications for funding far exceeded the pool of available funds. While the maximum funding request is $5,000, proposals which have smaller funding requests are certainly encouraged.
How long does funding from the grant last?
- Funding will be typically available for one fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending the following June 30.
What type of expenditures can be funded by the grant?
- Awarded funds can be used to support research costs, professional travel, equipment costs, graduate assistants, however, this list is not exhaustive. There are some restrictions, so if you have additional questions not answered here, please feel free to email us with your specific funding question and we will do our best to answer.
Are there limitations on the amount that can be requested?
- Funding will typically be awarded ranging from $750 to $5,000. The detailed budget provided in the submission should provide a rationale/breakdown for the specific funds that are being requested. It is encouraged that you do not request more funds than you will anticipate needed to conduct the research project as described in the submission.
What types of research projects have been funded in the past?
- The first round of projects which were awarded funding included: a project that assessed the impact of food (in)security among students; a project to assess impacts of water quality at Lake Herrick, adjacent to Family Housing facilities; and a project which investigates contextual factors impacting student well-being during and after the transition to college. We are interested in funding a diverse range of projects, including both basic and applied research questions.
How will the proposal be evaluated?
- Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and staff from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs based upon the depth and clarity of the research topic; collaboration with a Student Affairs department; budget expenditures; and potential for the research to continue past the funding provided by the grant.
How are grant recipients selected?
- Grants recipients will be selected based upon their evaluation by the Office of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and staff from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the evaluation criteria.
Can I receive a Faculty Research Grant more than once?
- Yes, however, a new full proposal must be submitted each cycle.
What are the requirements for submitting a proposal?
Each grant submission must include the following:
- 12 point font, 1 inch margins
- 1 page - cover/signature page containing proposal title, investigator names and affiliations, investigator email and other contact information, total budget (if applicable, showing any college contribution), signatures of the investigator(s) and Department Chair or Associate Dean.
- 1 page – Project Summary or Abstract
- 2 pages – description of proposed research and a clear articulation of how it will align with area(s) outlined above. Include a description of how expenditures will support the research project
- 1 page – detailed budget and timeline page showing projected expenses/milestones, including potential partner units within UGA Student Affairs and explicit dates for engagement with UGA Student Affairs.
- Identify any potential collaborators or partners external to UGA (e.g., researchers at other institutions, external funding agencies, etc.).
- If the current proposal may lead to additional future funding pathways, please describe.