Faculty Research Support Funds

A faculty member writes on a dry erase board while two other researchers look on.

The Division of Student Affairs announces the availability of FY20 funding to support research partnerships with University of Georgia investigators. The goal is to support research projects that can increase our understanding of elements of student success in a broad sense. If you are planning to pursue a research project that will investigate experiences of certain student populations (e.g. non-athletes with concussion, LGBT students, first-year students, etc.) or explore the impact of programs or experiences on student success, please contact our office to learn more about available research funding. We're looking to support investigators whose projects:

  • Incorporate a Student Affairs facility as part of their primary research laboratories, or who partner with a Student Affairs department. Research that is conducted in partnership with University Housing, the University Health Center, the Ramsey Center, the Disability Resource Center, LGBT Resource Center, Multicultural Services & Programs, Student Veterans Resource Center or other Student Affairs programs and services would be eligible.
  • Address a question relevant to the mission of Student Affairs or to the connection between academic and student affairs.
  • Assess local impact of Student Affairs’ units that conduct regular, programmatic service to the Athens area (e.g., Center for Leadership & Service, Office of Greek Life, etc.).
  • Partner with Student Affairs to evaluate program effectiveness and design strategies for various Student Affairs programs/services.
  • Conduct research that connects Student Affairs and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Adress issues realted to student success, broadly defined.

We encourage you to get in touch with Dr. Beate Brunow to discuss your ideas and questions.



Research Grant proposals are due by May 15, 2019.


Typical Funding

We fund grants in the range of $500 to $5,000. Funding will normally be for one fiscal year, unless otherwise specified.

Application Format and Requirements

  • 1 page - cover/signature page including proposal title, investigator names and affiliations, principal investigator's email and other contact information, total budget (if applicable, showing any college contribution), signatures of the investigator(s) and Department Chair or Associate Dean, and signature of a Student Affairs director whose unit/facility will be involved in the research project (please feel free contact Dr. Beate Brunow to establish connections to departments and directors in Student Affairs).
  • 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. Description of collaboration with partner units within the Division of Student Affairs. If applicable, include a statement identifying any potential collaborators or partners external to the University of Georgia.
  • 1 page – detailed budget and timeline page showing projected expenses/milestones. Include a description of how expenditures will support the research project.



The required pages should be assembled into a single PDF file then submitted to Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives. Any questions about the submission process should be directed to Dr. Beate Brunow.


Review Process

Proposals are reviewed by Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives and staff from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Other individuals may be consulted as needed.


Reporting and Meetings

Interim report – a one-page progress report and interim budget report should be submitted, and, if applicable, any amended proposal and budget plans - due by December 31, 2019. 

Final report –  a report not to exceed one page should be submitted, including results to date, final budget report, and plans for continued research - due by June 30, 2020.

Meetings - faculty PIs will attend three meetings with their respective Student Affairs collaborators during the 2019-2020 AY (August, December, March) to discuss research plans, progress, and results.


Small Research Grants

We fund grants up to $500 on a rolling basis (until funds are exhausted) for small scale or pilot research grants that align with our funding priorities listed above. Funding will be for the fiscal year. Please send a brief proposal (two pages) including a description of your proposed research, budget request, timeline, and a description of your collaboration with a partner unit in Student Affairs to Dr. Beate Brunow. Small grants require a final report by June 30, 2019.


Publication Acknowledgements

Any publication (including presentations) resulting from funding or partial funding by this program should acknowledge that funding was received from University of Georgia Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives. 

*This research was supported in part by a grant funded by the Department of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. 

Contact Information

Beate Brunow
Director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives