OIBR Facts

What is the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR)?

OIBR stimulates, supports, and sustains innovation and infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our impact lies in the fact that we catalyze high-impact interdisciplinary research.

The mission of OIBR is to address the world’s most pressing health, economic, social, educational, and policy challenges through the facilitation and promotion of social behavioral science research.

What Do We Offer?

OIBR Grant Development Program: The OIBR Grant Development Program (GDP) fosters faculty career development and supports the UGA pipeline for future excellence by developing the skills junior faculty need to seek extramural funding, providing structured workshops and activities, and supporting pilot research designed to enhance future fundability. Faculty must apply and be accepted into the program. The goal of the grant development program is submission of an extramural grant through OIBR by the end of year two of the program.

Grants Administration Services: OIBR has staff experienced in pre-award and post-award services to assist with the complete life-cycle of research grants.

Pre-award: OIBR services include assistance with grant development such as helping the investigator integrate and develop research ideas to fall within both the institutional and sponsor guidelines, drafting a working budget template, providing example components, completing the transmittal information in the eResearch Portal, formatting and uploading components, and coordinating with subcontract sites. OIBR’s Research Administration Manager will also assist faculty with searching for funding opportunities to match their research interests.

Post-award: OIBR services include all aspects of grants management such as purchasing, setting up and processing payroll, paying out research incentives, processing reimbursements, monitoring grant budgets, processing sub-contract invoices and consulting agreements, assisting with submitting progress reports and no-costs extensions, and helping ensure compliance with UGA and external funding agencies’ requirements.

Who is Represented at OIBR?

Fellows, Affiliates & Grantsmanship Development Program Participants from many different Colleges & Departments:

  • Franklin College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology – Sociology – Communication Studies – Anthropology – Geography – Mathematics – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology – Cellular Biology – Genetics – Plant Biology – Statistics – Computer Science)
  • College of Education (Educational Psychology – Communication Sciences & Special Education – Kinesiology- Counseling & Human Development – Career & Information Studies – Early Childhood Education – Math & Science Education – Language & Literacy Education)
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences (Human Development & Family Science – Foods & Nutrition – Financial Planning, Housing & Consumer Economics – Textile, Merchandising & Interiors)
  • College of Public Health (Health Policy & Management – Health Promotion & Behavior – Epidemiology & Biostatistics)
  • School of Public & International Affairs (Public Administration & Policy – International Affairs – Political Science)
  • College of Pharmacy (Clinical & Administrative – Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes & Policy)
  • Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication (Advertising – Journalism – Public Relations)
  • Terry College of Business (Management – Economics – Management Information Systems)
  • College of Environment + Design
  • Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources (Animal Ecology – Spatial Ecology)
  • Carl Vinson Institute of Government
  • College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (Crop & Soil Sciences

6 Centers of Excellence:

  • Center for Family Research
  • Center on Biological Embedding of Social Events and Relationships
  • Center for Gambling Research
  • Center for Integrative Conservation Research
  • Center for Research on Behavioral Health & Human Services Delivery
  • Scientists Engaged in Education Research (SEER)

6 Active Workgroups:

  • Cognition and Neuroscience
  • Relationship Science
  • Computational Social Science
  • Violence
  • Stress, Trauma, Adversity and Resilience
  • Psychological Assessment

Affiliated Centers and Groups:

  • Biomedical & Translational Sciences Institute
  • Bio-Imaging Research Center (BIRC)
  • UGA New Media Institute
  • UGA Obesity Initiative

How is OIBR funded?

As a service unit within the Office of Research, OIBR’s entire operating budget comes directly from the Office of Research. Indirect cost return (F&A) is split according to home unit policies.  OIBR does not retain any indirect cost return from grants administered through the Institute.

How Does Affiliation with OIBR Benefit Departments & Colleges?

Affiliation with OIBR benefits departments and colleges by (1) offering a formal grant development program for faculty members, (2) organizing colloquia open to all University Faculty, (3) sponsoring faculty for internal and external awards, and (4) reducing departmental administrative burden through our comprehensive pre-award and post-award services. OIBR can also help departments and colleges with faculty recruitment and assist in the socialization of new faculty by offering a supportive, intellectual environment for the pursuit of research. For grants submitted through the institute, 100% of the academic credit remains at the investigator’s home department. Indirect cost return is split in accordance with unit policies.  An affiliated investigator may divide their portion of the indirect cost return 50/50 between their home department and OIBR with unit approval.   In this case, 100% of OIBR’s portion of the indirect cost return will be provided to the investigator for use as discretionary research support funding and will be managed by the same Business Manager who handles the faculty member’s post-award account activities.

How Does Affiliation with OIBR Benefit Faculty?

The multi-disciplinary collaboration and intellectual environment of OIBR has proven to be a rewarding professional experience for those affiliated with the institute and provides a platform for networking and research opportunities. Faculty who participate in our grant development program attend grant writing workshops and structured activities, can apply for funds to support pilot research to increase the likelihood of successful grant funding, and receive other grants specific support services. Faculty who choose to submit grants through OIBR will also benefit from our experienced pre-award and post-award staff.

OIBR by the number’s over our fifty year history (FY 1970-2020):

  • New proposals submitted: Over 1500 proposals totaling over a billion dollars
  • New proposals funded: 453
  • New dollars awarded: $270M


Director: Lillian Eby, Ph.D.
leby@uga.edu (706.542.7011)

Assistant Director: Kim Silvis Cherewick
ksilvis@uga.edu  (706.542.6078)