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.

Under Revision

The Faculty Research Grant program is currently being revised and restructured. New information about this funding opportunities should be available by the end of August 2018.


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 to apply for funding.

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 will change significantly. Please review the ORED Strategic Plan to see our strategic focal areas.

ORED Strategic Plan