Other Faculty Funding Opportunities

  • Academic Equipment/Maintenance:  Only requests for new equipment, equipment repair/maintenance, annual maintenance fees, etc. which directly enhance the instructional and/or research mission of the University will be funded. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the new equipment and submit document to your department head.  Consult state purchasing guidelines on Business Services website.

  • Applied Research Seed Grants (ARSG):  Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to assist faculty in exploration of applied research opportunities. Grant applications of less than $1,000 are encouraged. Projects involving more than one faculty are capped at $1,500.  Coordinated by the Center for Applied Research.

  • Art Collections:  Only requests for developing the art holdings of the University in regards to those pieces which would enhance the campus living and learning environment will be funded. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the art collections and submit document to your department head.  Consult state purchasing guidelines on Business Services website.

  • Renovation/Maintenance/ADA:  Only requests for renovation, repair, or redesign outside the classroom setting and beyond the normal Facilities Planning and Plant operating budget, including infrastructure improvements, will be funded. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the requested change and submit document to your department head.  Consult Plant Operations and Facilities Planning for more information.

  • Computer Replacement:  The Division of Information Technology recommends allocation levels and replacement cycles for faculty and staff computing needs.  If Information Technology items are needed sooner, consult your department head.

  • Faculty Scholarship:  The mission of Faculty Scholarship is to help fund VSU faculty to present papers at regional, national, and/or international academic conferences, to attend meetings and workshops which focus on curriculum development and instructional improvement activities.  Coordinated by the Division of Academic Affairs

  • Faculty Research Seed Grant:  The goal of the FRSG Program is to support faculty research and creative activity in the furtherance of the scholarly mission of the University.  Program objectives are: To assist early-stage scholars in establishing themselves as independent investigators or artists, thus increasing their chances of scholarly publication, extramural funding for research, or comparable recognition in the creative arts. To assist established scholars in transitioning to a new avenue of inquiry or creative activity; in performing exploratory high risk research for which external funding is currently unlikely; in determining the feasibility of conducting a larger, more complex research or creative project; or in developing preliminary data to support an extramural funding application; or, in the arts, to pursue a new avenue of creative activity.

  • Faculty Internationalization Fund:  Faculty Internationalization Fund (FIF) is a specifically designed VSU instrument to promote faculty exposure to and participation in international education and research. Funding for individual projects is provided on a competitive basis for activities aligned with academic units' and the University's strategic plans in the international dimension.  Coordinated by the Center for International Programs.

  • Federal Grant Opportunities:  The Office of Sponsored Programs & Research Administration (OSPRA) provides a list of available external funding grants.  GrantSelect - Offering over 13,000 funding opportunities and the largest collection of sponsored research opportunities, GrantSelect is the most effective and comprehensive tool available for any grant seeker.  State Funding Opportunities - State of Georgia, Georgia Humanities Council, Georgia Council for the Arts, Georgia.org Grants.

  • Instructional Setting Renovation:  Only requests for classroom renovation, repair, or redesign which directly enhance the instructional mission of the University will be funded through this funding pool. Requests pertaining to increased enrollment and retention will receive priority. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the requested change and submit document to your department head.  Consult Plant Operations and Facilities Planning for more information.

  • IT Infrastructure:  Only requests for infrastructure upgrades, maintenance and licensing which directly enhance the computing services of the University will be funded through this funding pool. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the requested change and submit document to your department head.  Consult the Division of Information Technology for technology purchasing assistance.

  • L. Brown Visiting Scholar Award:  Grant awards under this program focus on enabling an academic unit, or a multidisciplinary group of academic units to bring recognized international faculty to campus for a period of up to one academic year (beginning Fall or Spring semesters).  Coordinated by the Center for International Programs.

  • Library Reference and Special Collections:  Only requests for library acquisitions which directly enhance the instructional and/or research mission of the University will be funded under this funding pool. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the requested acquisition and submit document to your department head.  Consult the University Librarian for purchasing assistance.

  • Major Scientific Equipment Pool (Research):  This funding pool is for scientific equipment for use in teaching and research with a cost exceeding $50,000. Items supporting multiple scientific disciplines and likeliness to be used in undergraduate work will receive priority. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the requested equipment and submit document to your department head.  Consult state purchasing guidelines on Business Services website.

  • New Faculty, Staff, or Administrative Positions:  Contact your appropriate department head or budget manger to inquire about funding for new positions.

  • Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP):  As an important part of our reaffirmation of accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Valdosta State University must develop a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Projects must focus on learning outcomes and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplish the mission of the institution. The approve QEP topic is undergraduate engagement in discipline-based inquiry.  Funding for Iteration 1 has been awarded with projects commencing in January 2011. A future call for proposals for Iteration 2 will be advertised through the VSU website and email lists.

  • Reassigned Time for Research:  Only requests for faculty release time to engage in scholarly research appropriate to their discipline will be funded through this funding pool. Consult your department head.  Coordinated by the Division of Academic Affairs.

  • Student Affairs Equipment:  Only requests for new equipment, equipment repair/maintenance, annual maintenance fees, etc. which directly enhance the student development and leadership mission of the University will be funded under this funding pool. Complete a budget report listing benefits of adding the requested change and submit document to your department head.  Consult state purchasing guidelines on Business Services website.

  • Strategic Focus:  Strategic Focus engages the campus in comprehensive strategic planning to better utilize VSU as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource for the state of Georgia. Proposals must support one or more of the following standards: recruitment/enrollment of students, retention/graduation of students, scholarship/research, and/or financial solvency.  Consult the Call for Proposals and timeline on Strategic Research and Analysis’ website for additional information.  Coordinated by the Planning and Budget Council and Strategic Research and Analysis.

  • Tuition Assistance Program:  The tuition assistance program is available to full time benefits-eligible employees of the USG who have successfully completed at least six (6) months of employment in a benefits-eligible position, as of the date of the TAP application deadline for the desired academic semester.  Coordinated by Human Resources and Employee Development.

  • Tuition Assistance Program Book Scholarship:  The Council on Staff Affairs sponsors book scholarships to assist employees enrolled at VSU through the Tuition Assistance Program.  Contact a Council on Staff Affairs representative for more information.