Faculty Research and Development Awards

Faculty Research and Development Awards (FRDA), funded by CHSS, are short-term awards that are designed to help tenured and tenure-track faculty initiate new programs of research and scholarship or enhance existing ones. 

Starting in Academic Year 2020-2021, the College is expanding the FRDA program to include two categories of funding. Each category of funding has a separate Call for Proposals with different application deadlines, submission instructions and eligibility.

Faculty may submit only one application for an FRDA award (including both categories) in any one Academic Year.

Category 1:  FRDA Seed Funding Leading to External Funding

A central purpose of FRDA Seed Funding Leading to External Funding (“FRDA Seed Funding”) is to provide seed funding that will lead to an application for external funding.  Immediate submission of a grant or fellowship proposal after the FRDA is completed is not required, although plans for seeking external funding must be included in the proposal.

Category 2:  FRDA Career Development for Associate Professors

A central purpose of the FRDA Career Development for Associate Professors (“FRDA Career Development”) is to provide research and professional development support to enhance the career development of mid-career faculty. Associate professors are encouraged to consider engaging in research and/or professional development activities to pursue promotion to full professor.

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for FRDA Seed Funding awards are due the last Friday of September each year for projects to be conducted during the calendar year.
  • Applications for FRDA Career Development awards are due the first Friday in February each year (February 5, 2021) for projects to be conducted during the summer following the deadline.

Funding Available

FRDA Seed Funding is available for: (1) single investigators (up to $10,000); (2) multiple investigators from two or more CHSS departments/programs (up to $15,000); or (3) for multiple investigators from two or more colleges or schools (up to $15,000 with match expected from non-CHSS colleges/schools).

FRDA Career Development awards are for single investigators.  Applicants will receive $6,000 plus fringe benefits with the expectation that they will devote two months of full-time work in the summer to the proposed project.  Faculty may engage in collaborations as part of the award but the amount of summer pay will not be changed. 

Eligibility

FRDA Seed Funding

Tenured and tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply.  Priority will be given to faculty members early in their career or those who have not previously received an FRDA award. Faculty who have previously received an FRDA Seed Funding award may apply for a second seed funding award only if they have:

  • Fulfilled the terms of their first FRDA award
  • Submitted the required Final Report
  • Submitted at least one proposal for external funding as a direct result of the FRDA

FRDA Career Development

Tenured faculty members at the associate professor rank are eligible to apply.  Priority will be given to those faculty who have not received an FRDA since being promoted to associate rank. Faculty who have previously received an FRDA Career Development award may apply for a second award only if they have:

  • Fulfilled the terms of their first FRDA Career Development award
  • Submitted the required Final Report

Faculty may not receive more than four FRDAs over time (a maximum of two in each category).

Application Process

Applicants must submit a complete application pertinent to the category to which he/she is applying by the deadline as specified in the FRDA Call for Proposals for the selected category, available on the CHSS website.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

Final Report 

At the completion of the FRDA award applicants must submit a brief final report by the required due date. 

Other Information

FRDA FAQ FY21

For questions related to the FRDA Seed Funding Leading to External Funding, please e-mail Michele Schwietz, mschwiet@gmu.edu

For questions related to the FRDA Career Development for Associate Professors, please email Jaime Lester, jlester2@gmu.edu.