Internal Funding Opportunities
We have instituted special provisions for current internal award holders whose projects are affected by COVID-19. No-cost extensions of one year can be requested for impacted projects. Visit the Post-Award Changes page to download the guidelines and apply.
This is not a complete list of the internal funding opportunities available at the University of South Alabama. Our primary responsibility is to publish opportunities from the Office of Research and Economic Development, but for other units we can only list what we are aware of. Contact the Dean's office to get a complete list of internal funding available in a given unit.
To see what kinds of projects these programs have funded in the past, visit our Award Announcements page.
NOTE: Effective October 1, 2019, all newly-awarded internal funding for ORED programs that allow no-cost extensions are limited to one six-month request. Funds remaining unused after 18 months will revert to the Office of Research and Economic Development.
Office of Research and Economic Development
DESCRIPTION: The Faculty Development Council Grant Program (FDCGP) provides funding to facilitate research, scholarly and creative productivity to increase awardee competitiveness for extramural grant funding. Faculty who are in the initial stages of conducting a research, scholarly and/or creative project, expanding the scope/aims of an existing project, and/or conducting additional experiments or other activities that will address reviewer/editor comments before resubmission to an external funding agency or publisher are strongly encouraged to apply.
DEADLINES: Sunday, November 1, 2020, 11:59PM.
FUNDING AMOUNT: $15,000 will be allocated for this program in fiscal year 2021, with individual awards limited to a maximum of $5,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Full time, tenure track and non-tenure track faculty of any academic rank, in continuous appointments, are eligible to apply. NOTE: Applicants to Faculty Development Council programs must select either the Fellows track or the Grant track. Applicants should NOT apply to both programs.
PROGRAM GUIDELINES (UPDATED 1 OCT 2020): FDCGP Application Guidelines. See the guidelines for detailed information about the process and application and submission requirements, including appendices that contain a walkthrough for Cayuse SP and an application checklist.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications must be submitted through InfoReady. Administrative approvals will be handled using Cayuse SP. See the FDCGP Application Guidelines (downloadable above) for an Appendix on using Cayuse SP to route proposals.
DESCRIPTION: The Faculty Development Council Fellows Program (FDCFP) has been created to provide junior faculty with a structured, incentivized framework for developing a significant proposal for external funding or prestigious fellowships. The broader goal of the program is to support outstanding faculty who have a future as accomplished grant seekers and mentors to faculty who are their juniors.
DEADLINES: Sunday, November 1, 2020, 11:59PM.
FUNDING AMOUNT: $20,000 will be allocated for this program in fiscal year 2020, with individual awards of $5,000.
ELIGIBILITY: Full-time tenure-track assistant professors in continuous appointments and in good standing are eligible to apply. NOTE: Applicants to Faculty Development Council programs must select either the Fellows track or the Grant track. Applicants should NOT apply to both programs.
PROGRAM GUIDELINES (UPDATED 12 SEP 2019): 2020 Guidelines have not yet been released. They should be very similar to the 2019 guidelines, which can be downloaded here: FDCFP Application Guidelines. See the guidelines for detailed information about the process and application and submission requirements.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications must be submitted through InfoReady. Administrative approvals will be handled using Cayuse SP. See the FDCFP Application Guidelines (downloadable above) for an Appendix on using Cayuse SP to route proposals.
DESCRIPTION: The Faculty Productivity Grant program (FPG) provides concentrated time for faculty to generate pilot or preliminary data that will enhance their competitiveness for a major grant or contract.
DEADLINE: Requests should be made at least one semester prior to the requested re-assigned time. Awards have been made for the 2020-21 academic year. New requests will be considered for 2021-22 and beyond.
FUNDING AMOUNT: The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) will provide funds for up to three (3) faculty “buy-outs” from teaching annually.
PROGRAM AND APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Please see the full program and application guidelines for a detailed description of the program.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the pandemic, travel to and research in the Galapagos Islands has temporarily been suspended. It is anticipated that work will be allowed again in 2021. Interested applicants are still encouraged to apply.
DESCRIPTION: The University of South Alabama is partnering with the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito via their joint Galapagos Science Center to establish collaborative relationships that will provide opportunities for USA students and faculty.
DEADLINES: In order to assure receipt of permitting (see PERMITTING, below), all proposals for travel to carry out specific research must be received by September 15. There is no deadline for other travel requests, and applications will be accepted continuously.
FUNDING AMOUNT: Awards for travel to the Galapagos will provide up to $3000.
ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: The travel funds will be used to begin preliminary research, create new student opportunities or pursue other collaborations.
ELIGIBILITY: Applicants for these travel funds must be USA Employees. The applicant’s dean or department chair must provide a portion of the funding. Applicants should have an initial communication with an individual at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito or at the Galapagos Science Center prior to requesting travel funds. The USA Office of Research and Economic Development, the Provost's Office, or the President's Office can help with contacts at these organizations.
Each request for funding will be evaluated based upon: (a) the quality of the proposed project; (b) the development of a strategy to secure external funding, if appropriate; and (c) the record of achievement of the applicant given the applicant’s career stage.
A final report will be required no later than five months following the travel.
PERMITTING: Marine and terrestrial research must receive Park Service permits. This will be handled by the Galapagos Science Center but must be received no later than October 1 - that is why the USA internal deadline is September 20.
DESCRIPTION: The Research and Scholarly Development Grant (RSDG) Program has been created to provide tenure and non-tenure track faculty with funding to help build their research and scholarly careers. RSDG grants are intended to stimulate interactions across disciplines, departments, colleges, and programs. The funding is designed to facilitate preliminary data collection or planning efforts to assist in the development of competitive proposals that will attract external funding. Each RSDG proposal is required to demonstrate how funding for the project will lead directly to external funding requests.
DEADLINES: Required Notice of Intent: February 1, 2021. Full proposals due March 1, 2021. February 1 and March 1 annually thereafter.
FUNDING AMOUNT: Awards are capped at $25,000. $125,000 has been allocated for the 2020-2021 Program.
ELIGIBLE EXPENSES: The award funds are to be used to:
- Provide seed funding for new research projects
- Provide resources for planning and executing a major grant submission
ELIGIBILITY: The current program guidelines reflect the eligibility criteria for individuals with "Instructor" titles. As of the 2018-19 competition, faculty in the College of Medicine are no longer eligible to apply in the Principal Investigator role.
PROGRAM GUIDELINES: 2021 Guidelines have not yet been released. They should be very similar to the 2020 guidelines, which can be downloaded here: Program and Application guidelines. See the guidelines for detailed information about the process and application and submission requirements.
NOTICE OF INTENT: Applicants planning to submit a full proposal are required to submit a simple Notice of Intent form in InfoReady by February 1, 2021.
FULL PROPOSAL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications must be submitted through InfoReady. Administrative approvals will be handled using Cayuse SP. See the Application Guidelines (downloadable above) for an Appendix on using Cayuse to route proposals.
DESCRIPTION: The Seed Grant to Support the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Program will provide funding to help support Arts and Humanities faculty research and scholarly activities. The purpose of the program is to assist faculty in building their careers and contributing to their disciplines by exploring new scholarly, creative, and research activities.
FUNDING AMOUNT: $25,000 will be allocated annually for this program, with individual awards limited to a maximum of $1,500.
ELIGIBILITY: Faculty in the departments of English, Communication, Modern and Classical Languages and Literature, History, Philosophy, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Arts in the rank of assistant, associate, and full professor, (without regard to tenure status) are eligible with the exception of persons known to be in their last year of employment. Applicants are REQUIRED to attend a process workshop for submitting an internal funding application. See our Research Education Events page for more information and to register.
PROGRAM GUIDELINES: Guidelines for FY2021 have been updated as of October 1, 2020.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Applications must be submitted through InfoReady. Administrative approvals are handled online using Cayuse SP. See the Application Guidelines (downloadable above) for an Appendix on using Cayuse to route proposals.
DESCRIPTION: This award supplements institutional start-up funding to incentivize the recruitment and hiring of a tenure or non-tenure track faculty member who will impact the growth of USA’s research enterprise. Funding can be used to purchase equipment, to support graduate students or post-doctoral fellows or hire technical support, and other critical components needed to establish a laboratory and/or team at the University of South Alabama.
FUNDING AMOUNT: $200,000 will be allocated for this program, annually. One award will be made per year upon successful recruitment of an eligible candidate. The award must be used exclusively to supplement university and/or college/school funds committed as part of a start-up package for a new faculty candidate. This award is made on a first come, first served basis. If an annual award is not made, funds will be carried forward to the next academic year.
ELIGIBILITY: The candidate must have a record of consistent funding for research and/or scholarship, an extensive publication record reflecting his/her discipline standards and a record of transferring research and scholarship into new technologies or to practice. The individual must be able to demonstrate that he/she has strong potential for garnering extensive research support from external sources of funding. Eligible candidates must:
- Have the capacity to build a strong team of researchers across disciplines and potentially across institutions;
- Be amenable to an A/B salary plan (combination state funds and external funds);
- Be able to transfer grants/contracts or have pending awards with sufficient funding to cover the “B” portion of an A/B salary plan;
- Be able to generate sufficient funding to cover at least one graduate student by the second year of their graduate program;
- Demonstrate that the research focus area should be able to maintain funding for an extended period of time (i.e. of interest to sponsors/national priorities).
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: An application, consisting of the candidate's CV and a request letter describing the candidate's eligibility in detail, must be submitted by a Dean directly to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
Institutional approval of ORED-sponsored internal funding programs is handled through Cayuse SP:
- Faculty Development Council Fellows
- Faculty Development Council Grant
- Research and Scholarly Development Grant
- Seed Grant to Support the Arts & Humanities
Download a PDF with guidelines for using Cayuse SP for proposal routing for these four programs. (NOTE: these are the same instructions included in each program guidelines document.)
ORED internal funding program applicants can download this PDF checklist to use prior to submission.
Post-award change requests for ORED internal funding programs must be submitted through InfoReady. This includes no-cost extensions, rebudgeting, rescoping, and requests to relinquish an award. Applicants need to download the guidelines PDF.
NOTE: We have published special provisions for current awardees whose projects are affected by COVID-19; no-cost extensions of one year may be requested for impacted awards. See the guidelines for further information.
No-cost extensions (NCEs) are no longer granted for the Seed Grant to Support the Arts & Humanities. For other programs, NCE requests must be received 60 days prior to the end date of the award. Effective October 1, 2019, all newly-awarded internal funding for ORED programs that allow no-cost extensions will be limited to one six-month request. Funds remaining unused after 18 months will revert to the Office of Research and Economic Development.
See the guidelines for requirements on other types of requests.
Internal Funding from Additional Units
The USA College of Arts and Sciences offers several research and travel grants. For additional information about these programs please see the program guidelines (scroll to the bottom of the page for Arts and Sciences College Funding Sources).