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.
  • Connect Student Affairs and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
  • Address issues related to student success, broadly defined.

We encourage you to get in touch with Dr. Kara Fresk to discuss your ideas and questions.



Research proposals are due by May 15, 2019.



  • Please use this template for your application. Feel free contact Dr. Kara Fresk with questions about your submission or to establish connections to departments and directors in Student Affairs.
  • We provide funding in the range of $500 to $5,000. Funding will be for one fiscal year, unless otherwise specified.
  • Submit your application to Student Affairs Academic Partnerships and Initiatives.

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. Notifications about funding of research proposals will be sent out in June.


Reporting and Meetings

Interim report – a one-page progress report and interim budget report should be submitted by December 31, 2019. 

Final report –  a report not to exceed one page should be submitted 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.


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 the Department of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia. 

Contact Information

Kara Fresk
Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs - Learning Strategy