Dean’s Update 4/16/19

April 16th, 2019


The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR) is soliciting applications for our 2019-2021 Grantsmanship Development Program. The program targets faculty members of any rank who are working in the social and behavioral sciences (broadly defined) at UGA who have not previously received major extramural support to pursue their research. The program prepares participants to compete successfully for major research grants from extramural sources. It is 2 years in duration and participants are expected to submit at least one research proposal for extramural funding through OIBR during that time.

Participation in this program originates with the faculty member interested in joining the program. The application process includes: (1) a letter of support from the Department Head (solicited by the faculty member), (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) an overview (1/2 page) of the applicant’s primary research agenda with 2-3 specific research questions that could serve as the basis for a grant application, and (4) for each specific research question a list of 2-3 relevant publications from the applicants vitae.

An OIBR committee will review applications to the program. Interested faculty members are selected based on their potential to develop the skills to successfully pursue extramural grant funding for research projects in the social and behavioral sciences. Potential is gauged both in terms of an existing track record of publications and a potentially fundable area of interest. Interviews may also be part of the application process, depending on demand for the program.

OIBR is a service unit under the Office of Research

- OIBR does not retain any indirect cost return from grants administered through the Institute.

- Indirect cost return (F&A) should follow the policies and practices in the faculty member’s home academic unit.

- For grants submitted through OIBR, academic credit is given to the participant’s home college/

department and institute credit is given to OIBR. 

Applications are due THE LAST FRIDAY IN APRIL, April 26, 2019. All materials must be submitted as one application packet via email to the Assistant Director, Kim Cherewick (


The Office of Research is now accepting applications for the university’s new Innovation Fellows Program. This program is designed to support faculty who want to engage in commercialization and product development, with an eye toward fine-tuning their research programs to align with industry and market needs. 

Applications for the fall 2019 Innovation Fellows Program are due May 20, and instructions can be found at Appointments will be announced the week of June 3. Faculty of all ranks are encouraged to apply.

Each semester, one to three faculty will be named Innovation Fellows. Fellows will receive up to $10,000 in funding to support customer discovery, make connections with potential industry partners and learn from successful entrepreneurs and investors. 

The fellowship begins with a weeklong immersion in UGA’s innovation-oriented curriculum from programs like NSF I-Corps followed by another week of activity planning and matching with mentors. The remainder of the semester will require a weekly commitment of about eight hours to keep moving the Fellows’ potentially commercially viable ideas forward. 

At the end of the program, Fellows will have a deeper understanding of industry needs as well as the tools to better assess how those needs align with their particular research interests. They also will be strongly connected to the university’s growing innovation ecosystem, including the new Innovation District initiative. 

Source:  Derek Eberhart, associate vice president for research and executive director of Innovation Gateway.


FACS Business and Finance Office is offering faculty focused grant budgets and reporting workshops utilizing the new OneSource financials. Lunch is provided.  The workshops are designed to help you understand the new reporting, why we have new reporting, and what makes our new system more complex. Please sign up for a workshop by sending an email to and identify which session you would like to attend. 

FACS Grants and Finance Reporting Workshops for PIs :

  1. Wed, May 1        12:05pm to 1pm               110 Dawson Hall
  2. Wed, May 8        12:05pm to 1pm               216 Dawson Hall

Additional workshops will be offered in August.

We look forward to seeing you all at the workshops!  Remember… lunch is on the Dean so it’s important to RSVP. Source: Jenny Ramsey


Proposals are now being received for the second phase of the New Approaches to Diversity and Inclusion Program. The program, which supported 21 innovative programs last year, is being renewed with $300,000 in private funds set aside by President Jere W. Morehead.

Building on the success of the original grants initiated in fall 2017, the second phase will provide awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for programs and projects sponsored by an office or department within a UGA school, college, or administrative unit that directly supports recruitment and retention efforts. Phase II will support not only new projects, but also extensions of previously funded efforts that have demonstrated the greatest promise for impact and a sustainable funding model.

Last year’s innovative programs addressed a range of topics such as outreach to provide information to incoming first-generation college students, a College of Public Health pre-collegiate summer institute, and a School of Law initiative to expand representation of individuals in the law profession.

Proposals for new funding will be accepted through May 8, 2019. As was done in the first phase of the program, a committee chaired by Assistant to the President Arthur Tripp and Michelle Cook, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Strategic University Initiatives, will evaluate the proposals and award the grants. For more information or to submit proposals, please visit the New Approaches website.


Please join us for the spring semester College Assembly on Thursday, April 18 at 3:30 pm in Dawson Hall Rm 110. Agenda will include:

  • Budget and Personnel Updates
  • Excellence in Graduate Education
  • AAFCS Accreditation


FACS College Convocation will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 9, in The Classic Center Theatre, 300 North Thomas Street, Athens.

The CLEAR BAG policy for UGA athletic events is in effect for Commencement ceremonies in the Stadium and in Stegeman Coliseum. Faculty Signup: Please use the following registration link to submit information for faculty planning to attend commencement no later than April 26. 

Please Register Here for UGA Commencement ceremonies

SCHEDULE (Dean’s travel and purpose during the next two weeks):

  • May 1-3, Attend National Health Outreach Conference, Dallas, TX
  • The next Dean’s Update will be the week of April 29


Linda Kirk Fox


The College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia embraces a commitment to diversity by modeling for the state and nation a community of individuals and programs which seek to reduce prejudice, disparities, and discrimination and build a supportive environment for all.

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