Faculty Research Grant Program

The Faculty Research Grant (FRG) program is intended to provide seed funding for new research projects, or to provide resources for major planning grants that lead to center-scale proposals to federal or philanthropic agencies. Faculty are required to leverage the funding they receive from the FRG by submitting at least one full proposal to an external federal funding agency, national foundation, or industrial source before reapplying to this program.

There are three components to this program: Emerging Research Grants, Grand Challenge Grants, and Special Purpose Bridge Grants. Faculty may be a participant in only one grant proposal per funding year. All grant programs are intended to stimulate interactions across disciplines, departments, colleges, and programs. In addition, this seed funding is designed to serve as leverage for attracting additional funding, and so an integral part of each proposal should be to demonstrate how funding for this project will directly lead to the development of additional funding requests. All proposed projects should align with one or more of the 7 strategic research priority areas delineated in the Office of Research & Economic Development Strategic Plan.

Emerging Research Grants

Emerging Research Grants support innovative research in emerging areas that have the potential for continued support from external sources. Emerging research grants are limited to a maximum of $10,000 over one (1) year, and typically involve a small group of faculty or a single investigator from eligible departments.

Grand Challenge Grants

The Grand Challenge Grants program supports the development of interdisciplinary research teams for the purpose of securing center-scale multi-year funding for a center of excellence from federal or philanthropic sources in emerging or grand challenge research areas. This includes providing team science workshops for interested teams, grant writing support through the Office of Research Advancement, and seed funding to support initial program development, travel, and grant writing. This program will support projects at up to $150,000 over two (2) years.

Special Purpose Bridge Grants

The Special Purpose Bridge Program is designed to sustain either new or continuing research projects that have been competitively reviewed and require additional seed funding to enhance a revised application for extramural funding. The program is intended to provide one-time support to eligible Principal Investigators (PIs) to assist with establishing or re-establishing external funding (e.g. NSF, NIH, DOD, etc.). The size of the award request will not exceed $10,000. Applicants may only apply for one year’s funding at a time. The applicant College, Department or Unit must provide significant co-funding beyond the requested funding from the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED).


All members of the faculty (tenure track and research) of departments that participate in LSU’s indirect cost (F&A) return program are eligible to apply for a Faculty Research Grant as follows:

  • Appointees in the rank of assistant, associate and full professor (tenure-track and research) with the exception of persons known to be in their last year of campus employment are eligible.
  • Appointees with only adjunct titles are not eligible.
  • Faculty on leave without pay are not eligible for a FRG unless approved as an exception by the Vice President for Research & Economic Development. A letter requesting an exception must be included in the  application.
  • Each faculty member may only be involved in one proposal in any capacity. You must choose to participate in either the small or interdisciplinary grant program.
  • Faculty in the School of Veterinary Medicine are eligible to participate as an interdisciplinary research team member, but not as lead PI, under a special agreement between the Office of Research & Economic Development and the School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • If you currently hold an unexpired FRG, you are ineligible for this year’s program.

How to apply

Use LSU Grants Application Portal to apply for internal grants and limited submission competitions



Important Documents

Note: Guidelines for this program are currently under review and may change significantly. Here are last year's documents.

Faculty Research Grants GUIDELINES

FRG Budget Sheet

ORED Strategic Plan