USF Research News

Deadlines announced for USF Internal Awards Program grants

August 27, 2013

Grants from $2,500 to $10,000 available for USF faculty

TAMPA, Fla. – USF Research & Innovation has announced the first call for grant applications for the Fall 2013 competition: the first cycle of the Faculty International Travel and Conference Support grants, due Sep. 23, 2013, at 5 pm, and the only cycle for the New Researcher and Creative Scholarship grants, due Nov. 18, 2013, at 5 pm.

The grant programs are available to USF System faculty who are tenured, tenure earning, or in non-tenured (regularly renewable) positions that require independent research. Applications are located on the Internal Awards Program website.

Applications include mandatory questions that must be fully answered in order to be accepted for review. Proposals submitted will receive an initial administrative review for eligibility and completeness and will be evaluated using a peer review process. Recommendations are made by the USF Research Council to the Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation. All decisions are final.

Recipients of the Faculty International Travel and Conference Support grants will be announced Nov. 8, 2013. Recipients of the New Researcher and Creative Scholarship grants will be announced Feb. 14, 2014. The Spring 2014 competition will be announced at a later time.

Grant Types and Timelines

Faculty International Travel Grants provide financial support for scholarly and artistic presentations by USF System faculty at major professional meetings or conferences outside the U.S. The primary goal of the program is to enhance the international visibility and prestige of the USF System. Consequently, the highest priority will be given to faculty who are personally invited to give keynote speeches, plenary presentations or other major addresses, presentations, or performances. In addition to the type of the presentation, the prestige and scope of conference will also be considered. The maximum award amount is $2,500 per trip. The award period is event specific. The award can only be used for travel specified and during the time period cited in the proposal.

Conference Support Grants provide supplemental funding for the planning and implementation of national and international conferences to enhance the research and creative environment, along with bringing prestige and recognition to the USF System and the State of Florida. The maximum award amount is $5,000 and recipients have 12 months from the award date to hold the conference.

New Researcher Grants are designed for early career faculty who are new to the USF System (employment of four years or less) and do not have established funding sources (external or college/departmental). The program’s goal is to enable new faculty to launch productive research, scholarship, or artistic expression/performance activities that will ultimately result in grant funding from external agencies or foundations. This grant will fund pilot, draft, or preliminary studies/projects. It is expected that these results will provide the basis for external grant proposals, as well as publication or exhibition of the results. The maximum award amount is $10,000. The award period is 12 months. The grant starts the first day of the month after the award announcement.

Creative Scholarship Grants provide support for programs that will result in research scholarship, creation of new work, exhibition, or performance. It is hoped that these awards will enhance the profile and prestige of the USF System and possibly result in securing external funding. The maximum award amount is $10,000. The award period is 12 months and the grant starts the first day of the month following the award announcement.

Additional information is available at the Internal Awards Program website. For questions contact Brenda Simmons at or 813-974-8778.

About the Internal Awards Program

The mission of the University of South Florida Internal Awards Program is to foster excellence in research and scholarship by USF System faculty and support activities aimed at securing extramural funding. In the allocation of funds across program categories, the highest priority is given to initiatives aimed at funding activities likely to enable leveraging for additional extramural funding and to initiatives aimed at scholarly activities for which availability of extramural funding is extremely limited.