OIBR Seed Grant

The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research offers an annual faculty seed grant in the social and behavioral sciences.  In line with the mission of OIBR, projects must demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary research. All faculty in the Social and Behavioral Sciences are encouraged to apply, but OIBR gives preference to proposals from faculty who are OIBR distinguished scholars, affiliates, or grant development program participants. 

Seed grant projects may be used to gather preliminary data or demonstrate proof of concept and must be directly related to the planned submission of a federal grant application (e. NSF, CDC, DoD, or NIH R01, R03, R21). The proposed project is led by a UGA faculty member but can include faculty collaborators from other institutions. Because seed grant funds are only available to current UGA employees, if the PI leaves UGA, any remaining funds will revert to OIBR. All seed grant funds will be administered by the PI’s home unit. Subsequent grant applications must be either submitted through OIBR, or OIBR must be notified that a grant proposal resulted from the project.

Proposals may be expansions of existing projects aimed at further developing methods, hypotheses, or small stand-alone projects. Project description, submission form, and an estimated project budget listing main expense category, dollar amounts, and brief justification for use of funds are required. 

Faculty seed grant projects are small in size and scope. Expected budget proposals should not exceed $10,000. Budgets are subject to reduction based on the recommendation of the reviewers. Funds will be made available at the beginning of the fiscal year, and all funds must be spent on or before June 30 of that fiscal year. The grant will be managed by PI’s home unit business personnel.

Applications open in the spring of each year.