Faculty Development Grants

For an immersive research experience with pay

Deadline: January 15, 2021


Rationale and Scope:

These grants are intended to benefit both the Georgia Tech community and the careers of CoS faculty members by facilitating growth of a faculty member’s research program or a change in research direction by spending extensive time at another institution to conduct research.

Through this program, the College of Sciences aims to support 10 or more paid leaves each year across the College. Each CoS-funded grant will be paid to the faculty member’s School in order to replace the faculty member in the classroom for one semester. Faculty members who take a one semester leave will retain their Georgia Tech academic salary during this period. Faculty who wish to take leave for two academic semesters must receive external funds to pay their full salary during the second semester (or to support 50% of their salary during the 9-month academic year). No leaves with pay are available during summer semester.

  1. These grants are restricted to either tenured faculty members  or academic professionals who have been at Georgia Tech for at least five years, and who have not already received a Faculty Development Grant in the previous five years.
  2. Normally, Faculty Development Grants are intended to support faculty members who plan to visit other institutions for a significant portion of the leave time. However, due to the pandemic, we will also give consideration this year to strong proposals which do not involve extensive travel. In order to encourage collaborations with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), we welcome proposals to conduct research at GTRI in collaboration with GTRI researchers.
  3. Preference will be given to applications complemented by external funds acquired by the applicant to support the leave.
  4. The application will be judged on the basis of significance of the research opportunity, potential for impact on Georgia Tech and on the faculty member’s career, and recommendation and prioritization of the School (see expectations for the proposal below).
Application Process:

Applications must consist of the following documents submitted electronically to the CoS office (fdg@cos.gatech.edu) by January 15th for leaves proposed for the next academic year (i.e., a leave proposed for fall 2021 or spring 2022 must be applied for by January 15, 2021):

  1. A completed Faculty Development Grant Application Form signed by the School Chair.
  2. A proposal focusing on the nature of the research to be undertaken during the leave, including a description of research objectives, questions, or hypotheses, as well as research plans. The proposal should also explain how the leave will facilitate growth of the faculty member’s research program or a change in research direction. Expected research outcomes of the leave should be presented, including anticipated benefits to the faculty member’s career and to Georgia Tech. The maximum allowable length of the proposal is 2 pages including figures and references.
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae (in the Georgia Tech format or similar is preferred.)
Review and Award Process:

Applications are evaluated once per year soon after the January deadline. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis following a review within the College using the criteria described above and discussion with School Chairs. Applications that are highly rated but cannot be supported due to limited availability of CoS funds and/or a substantial excess of applications from one School may be supported by School funds with approval of the School Chair. Outcomes of the competition, including comments evaluating the merit of each proposal, will be provided to each applicant by the end of February of each year. Late applications will not be accepted unless unspent funds remain. Questions concerning the process and proposal status should be directed to Matt Baker, Associate Dean for Faculty Development (matt.baker@cos.gatech.edu)

After a Faculty Development Grant has been approved by the College, the faculty member’s home School should forward the appropriate paperwork to the Dean’s office so the absence can be approved at the Institute level. For an absence exceeding half a semester (8.5 weeks or more), the appropriate paperwork is a Leave of Absence Form plus spend authorization. For one or more absences each lasting more than 10 consecutive business days but not as long as 8.5 weeks, the appropriate paperwork is the Absence from Campus Form plus spend authorization submitted separately for each trip. Multiple shorter trips should not be bundled into a single leave request for institute-level paperwork, even though the FDG may have been awarded by the College of Sciences for a semester of activities in which multiple shorter trips occur. For individual absences of 10 or fewer consecutive business days, only a spend authorization is required. Faculty receiving a faculty development grant are required to return to Georgia Tech for at least one full year after their leave. After returning to campus, the faculty member must prepare a final report describing the activities during the leave and the benefits to the faculty member and to Georgia Tech, submitted to the CoS office.

If a faculty member who has received a faculty development grant wishes to defer their paid leave to a different academic year than was proposed, they should alert the College immediately and be aware that they may be asked to reapply.