Faculty Research Grant (FRG)

The purpose of Faculty Research Grants is to encourage faculty to think creatively and author research projects that will directly and clearly contribute to globalization at UTRGV. Travel abroad for research or to conferences will be considered under these grants.

Travel fund applications will also be considered for faculty members attending conferences as panel chairs or discussants. However, all such requests must include a very clear explanation for how that role will:

  1. Establish a workable relationship with international institutions and organizations;
  2. Contribute directly to UTRGV strategic priorities; or
  3. Serve as an important part of a larger and sustained research agenda by the applicant.

All UTRGV faculty are required to follow the proper procedures for travel and obtain the necessary clearances PRIOR to traveling. You may find these policies at: http://www.utrgv.edu/hop/policies/adm-10-602.pdf

Faculty Research Application Form
(Download the Application Form)

Eligibility:

  • All UTRGV adjunct, lecturer, tenured, or tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
  • Proposals may have more than one author/investigator.
  • Proposals must be received by OGE no less than one month (or 30 days) PRIOR to the stated start date of the project. 
  • Funded part of projects must conclude prior to the end of the fiscal year.
  • All research involving interventions or interactions with individuals, or the collection of identifiable private information concerning living individuals, requires prospective Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. Grantees are responsible for obtaining IRB approval when required, and must provide documentation of IRB approval before a grant can be awarded.
  • UTRGV faculty members may receive a maximum of two OGE grants (FRG/GOG) per fiscal year.
    Preference will be given to first time applicants.

Faculty Research Grant Funding Levels

A FRG is intended to assist an individual faculty member or group of faculty members advance internationalization through research.

  • Domestic travel-related funding has a maximum award level of $600.
  • International travel-related funding has a maximum award level of $800.
  • Conference/membership fees have a maximum award level of $300.

Proposals must include proof of requests for funds from other sources.

Application Procedures:

A completed FRG proposal should be submitted by the faculty member and consist of the following:

   1- A titled proposal narrative (2 pages maximum) that includes the following:

  • Faculty name(s), rank, department, email, phone number;
  • Amount being requested from OGE;
  • Overview (brief statement that describes what you intend to accomplish, along with start/end dates);
  • Site (where the project will take place);
  • Outcome (how your proposed project will impact globalization at UTRGV and how it will be measured/assessed);
  • Budget (list of estimated expenses. Also provide the other funding amount and source).

   2- A copy of your curriculum vitae.

   3- A letter of support from your department chair or dean. (One to two paragraphs are sufficient.)

   4- Letter/documents demonstrating applicant is seeking additional funding as stated above.

Submit electronically your completed FRG application documents to the Office of Global Engagement (OGE@utrgv.edu, subject line “FRG Application.”) at least one month (or 30 days) PRIOR to the start date provided in the narrative. The application packet should be e-mailed directly to OGE, with copies to your chair and dean.  

Final Report:

Within 2 months following completion of the project, the PI must provide a final report (2 pages maximum) to OGE. Faculty are not eligible to apply for additional OGE grants until their final report has been received.  The final report will provide:

  • Brief over view of event;
  • Assessment of impact (specifically how did this promote internationalization.)
  • Did the project achieve its stated goals or not? Explain in either case.
  • When appropriate, a copy of the article/paper that resulted. All publications or papers should directly mention the Office of Global Engagement’s support.