Internal Award Opportunities
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
These grants provide support to CAS faculty in their research and development goals and include Pilot Studies, Faculty Travel, and Research Equipment Grants/Awards.
In cooperation with the CAS Faculty Development Committee, the CAS Internal Awards Program supports the research and scholarship goals of CAS faculty and traditionally includes the following:
Pilot Studies Awards Program
The CAS Pilot Studies Award Program is targeted towards small scale projects that will lead to the submission of larger scale extramural proposal submission. This program is limited to tenured and tenure track faculty. Budgets should not exceed $5,000. If funded, a project summary will be required. To apply, complete and submit the Pilot Studies Application Submission Form.
Travel Awards Program
The CAS Travel Award Program supports foreign and domestic travel to present, research, and collaborate with peers. Travel budgets not to exceed $1,000/domestic travel or $1,500/foreign travel. If funded, a post-travel report will be required. To apply, complete and submit the Travel Awards Application Submission Form.
Research Equipment and Support Requests
CAS may provide support for small equipment acquisition, maintenance, repair or enhancement. The Research Equipment and Support Request form is located on the CAS Research website. Requests should be for one time needs and will be reviewed upon receipt. To request equipment, complete and submit the CAS Research Equipment and Support Request Form.
Office of Research & Innovation (ORI) Internal Awards Manuals and Forms
Conference Support Grant (CONF) - This program is designed to foster excellence in research and creative activity at the University of South Florida System. Conferences are an important part of the research and creative process because they provide a venue for the dissemination of new information and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas. Therefore, the Conference Support program provides supplemental funding for the planning and implementation of national and international conferences in order to enhance the research and creative environment at USF, as well as to bring prestige and recognition to the university and the State of Florida.
Creative Scholarship Grant (CSG) - The Creative Scholarship Grants are intended for USF System faculty in disciplines in which outside research support structure is scarce. It is expected that an award will result in research scholarship, creation of new work, exhibition or performance that will enhance the profile and prestige of USF, and possibly result in securing external funding.
Faculty International Travel Grant (FITG) - This program is designed to provide financial support for scholarly and creative presentations by University of South Florida System faculty at major professional meetings and conferences outside the USA. These grants are available for faculty pursuing a career at USF. The goals of the program are to enhance the international visibility and prestige of research activities and creative presentations conducted at USF and to encourage interaction with international colleagues.
New Researchers Grants (NRG) - The New Researcher Grants are intended for new, early career, USF System faculty who are pursuing a faculty/research career in any field at USF, especially those who do not have major start-up funds or established funding sources (external, university, or college/departmental). This includes faculty at the "assistant professor" level (or equivalent) who have not reached their fourth anniversary of employment in this position. The grant program may fund pilot, draft or preliminary studies/projects and it is expected that an award will result in research scholarship, creation of new work, exhibition or performance that will enhance the profile and prestige of USF, and possibly result in securing external funding.
Proposal Enhancement Grants (PEG) - The Proposal Enhancement Grant (PEG) program is designed to assist faculty who have received positive reviews of their grant application from external agencies and are close to the pay line, but are not yet funded. The PEG is intended to provide funds to address limitations or problems enumerated by the Review Panel with an expectation of a resubmission to an external agency. The PEG is not intended to be used in place of start-up funds, to initiate an entirely new research endeavor, or to fund research that has not been evaluated by an external funding agency.
ResearchOne - ResearchOne is the brand used by USF Research & Innovation to promote research-related activities and events that showcase the work of researchers throughout the USF System. The goal is to support researchers throughout the university and to encourage everyone to learn more about the innovative research work of USF faculty as well as external researchers and other experts in their fields. To be considered a ResearchOne event, a researcher's event must be research-related to include any of the following: Speakers, Exhibitions, Oral or poster presentations, Seminars, Symposia, Conferences, Workshops
Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award - Award presented to USF faculty with exceptional research achievements accomplished or recognized during the calendar year. Nominations are made by USF Deans, Department Chairs, and Center/Institute Directors. Visit the USF Sponsored Research Internal Award website for this award announcement.
Other Internal Awards
Creating Research Experiences and Activities through Teaching Enhancements (CREATTE) - This program provides funding for the development of undergraduate research or creative activities within lower or upper level undergraduate courses. Laboratory courses and capstone courses are not supported by the CREATTE initiative because they already incorporate research/projects and inquiry-based curriculum.
Florida High Tech Corridor Matching funds from $10,000 to $150,000 - The mission of The Corridor is to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship. USF CONNECT will help you with your application and identifying a good industry match in the private sector to partner. The high technology focus areas of The Corridor are based on key strengths of the universities, and include Agrictechnology, Digital Media & Interactive Entertainment, Information Technology, Microelectronics & Nanotechnology, Optics & Photonics, Aviation & Aerospace, Financial Services, Life Sciences & Medical Technologies, Modeling, Simulation & Training, Sustainable Energy. Funding will require a 2:1 cost match investment (soft/in-kind).
Interdisciplinary Research Scholarship (IDRS) - This scholarship provides monies for support components/supplies that are required for the interdisciplinary research/creative activity. Funds are typically provided to the project mentor in support of the research/creative activity project. Undergraduate students in all disciplines are eligible to apply for the IDRS. The IDRS application is accessible under the Funding tab on the Office of Undergraduate Research website.
Research in Arts Scholarship - This scholarship provides funding to foster student passion for inquiry and discovery. Two essential elements comprise the RIAS Scholarship: financial support, and comprehensive training in research skills and professional development. Under the direction of faculty mentors and OUR Program Directors, RIAS Scholars who participate in the USF School of Art and Art History's Summer Study Abroad Paris Program develop and produce research-based art projects from idea to installation.
Community Scholars Fellowship - This program supports undergraduate students conducting research that benefits, and is carried out in partnership with community organizations, nonprofits, or local government agencies. The program provides a stipend for a student who will carry out at least 150 hours of research over the course of a semester or a summer. The program also provides monies for research related expenses and a stipend for the community partner, and if applicable, funding for a faculty "advisor."
Humanities Institute Summer Grants - Each year the Humanities Institute awards up to ten, $5,000 grants to USF faculty to facilitate summer research. Funding for these awards is currently provided by the USF Office of Research and Innovation. Summer grant recipients have a long record of producing innovative and compelling research.