Faculty Research and Development Awards

Faculty Research and Development Awards (FRDA), funded by CHSS, are short-term awards (not to exceed 12 months) that are designed to help tenured and tenure-track faculty initiate new programs of research and scholarship or enhance existing ones.  

  • Applications for FRDA projects to be conducted between January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.

A central purpose of FRDA funding is to provide seed funding that will lead to an application for external grant or fellowship funding. Immediate submission of a grant or fellowship proposal after the FRDA is completed is not required, although future plans for submission of proposals for external funding should be included in the proposal.

The College will invest up to $100,000 to support FRDA in the 2020 calendar year. Two important changes were made to FRDA in 2019. First, the amounts faculty may request for the categories of support were increased and second, applicants may now request summer stipend support. 

Award Types:

Single investigator awards: The maximum amount a single investigator may request for research costs is $10,000. Summer pay of up to $6,000 is an allowable expense; fringe benefits costs must be included in the overall budget.
Interdisciplinary collaborations involving faculty in two or more CHSS departments or programs: Proposals may request support for research costs up to $15,000.

Interdisciplinary collaborations involving faculty in other colleges or schools: Proposals for projects involving collaborations between CHSS faculty and faculty in other Colleges or Schools may request support for research costs up to $15,000. Cross-college proposals must include cost share of some kind from partnering colleges or schools.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply.  Faculty may apply for only one FRDA award in a review cycle.  Faculty who have previously received an FRDA award may apply for a second award only if they have:

  • Fulfilled the terms of their first FRDA award
  • Submitted the required Accomplishment/Final Report
  • Submitted at least one proposal for external funding as a direct result of the FRDA
  • Please note:  FRDA awards received before Fiscal Year 2014 (7/1/2013-6/30/2014) will not be counted in the two FRDA award limit in the FY 2020 competition round. 

Priority will be given to faculty members early in their career or those who have not previously received an FRDA award.

Application Process

The proposal must be submitted as a single document (Word or PDF) to Judy Herbert (jherber3@gmu.edu) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2019.  Applicants must follow proposal preparation instructions in the FRDA Call for Proposals. 

Review Criteria

  • Description of Proposed Research: The proposal should clearly and succinctly describe the significance, goals and objectives, design and methodology, analyses, explicit timeline, anticipated outcomes, and availability of resources to conduct the project.
  • Plans for Future Funding should be described and sponsors/programs and time frame for seeking external funding should be identified if possible.
  • Proposed Budget: The budget should include only items eligible for funding, be appropriate for the project, and be sufficiently justified.  Only expenses that are incurred during January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 are eligible for this round of FRDA awards.
  • The applicant should meet eligibility criteria.

Final Report 

At the completion of the FRDA, applicants must submit a brief report using the FRDA Final Report Form.  Final reports are due no later than December 31, 2020.    

Other Information

For further information or questions, please e-mail mschwiet@gmu.edu