Fall & Spring Competitive Grant in Aid

The Competitive Grant in Aid program supports new and ongoing research projects of tenure-line faculty on the Main Campus. The competition is held biannually in the fall and spring with awards ranging in amount from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $2,000. Generally, 18-20 awards will be available per competition depending on individual research needs and the overall funding pool. A subcommittee of the Internal Grants Committee will meet to consider applications.

Accordingly, faculty are required to make their proposals accessible to non-specialists by avoiding the use of technical language and clearly articulating the importance of their work.

ELIGIBILITY: All full-time teaching members of the Main Campus faculty, with the exception of those in the MSB, are eligible.

PURPOSES: Acceptable use of funds include payment for research materials, support for travel connected with the performance of research, costs for research assistance, and subventions for scholarly manuscripts, if the subvention is a condition for publication and a letter from the publisher is provided. As the research needs of the faculty are various, other research related requests for support will also be considered. Due to resource limitations requests for conference travel cannot be considered.

APPLICATION: The following will comprise the proposal application: the proposal, CV, and budget each should be uploaded in PDF format.

  • A proposal of no more than 1,000 words, not including references cited, in a 12-point legible font, 1-inch margins all around, paginated and outlining in specific and succinct detail the purposes to which the award will be put, e.g., requests for funding a research assistant should indicate the kinds of tasks to be performed. The proposal also should describe briefly how the award will contribute to the applicant's proposed research and how the completion of this work will contribute to the applicant's development as a scholar. (2-page maximum);
  • A completed Previous Five Years' Funding Report;
  • Curriculum Vitae in a 12-point legible font, 1-inch margins all around, outline form and ordered as follows: (1) education; (2) history of employment; (3) academic honors received; (4) bibliography of applicant's publications or exhibitions; and (5) the source, time, and nature of any fellowships or grants received during the past five years. (3-page maximum);
  • A budget indicating the level of support requested: if support for more than one activity is desired, indicate how much money would be spent on each; if the grant-in-aid will cover only a portion of the research expenses, the applicant should indicate how the remaining portion would be covered. Applicants also should identify an appropriate cost center into which funds for approved applications may be transferred. (1-page maximum)

Failure to follow the required formatting and/or word and page limits will render the application ineligible for review.

Once the competition results are announced, the Office of the Provost will process and confirm the transfer of funds via e-mail with the faculty member and departmental administrative officer. Questions regarding the Competitive Grant-in-Aid Program should be directed to internalgrants@georgetown.edu

DEADLINES: Fall competition: Friday, September 23, 2016; Spring competition: Friday, January 27, 2017.

SUBMISSION: Electronic submission via GU-PASS

Enter your Georgetown University Net ID and password to log-in GU-PASS and then select the “New Internal Grant Request” button.  You will be required to complete the application and upload all materials required as per the program guidelines.  Chairs and other reviewers will be notified by e-mail to review internal grants for approval. 

Detailed instructions for creating an internal grant request in GU-PASS are available here.

If you have any problems accessing or using GU-PASS please request help by sending an email message to help@georgetown.edu, calling ext. 7-4949 on campus, or calling (202) 687-4949 if off campus.  For additional information or to provide feedback, please e-mail uis-rt@georgetown.edu.