Annual Research Grants

The Annual Research Grant (ARG) Program provides support for non-salary expenses incurred in the conduct of a specific research or scholarship project.

Award amounts

  • An ARG provides between $5,000 and $10,000 in funding to facilitate new or on-going research or scholarship that could not be conducted or completed without the support.
  • Awards are made in the Fall semester, to cover expenses incurred through the end of the following summer.


  • All full-time teaching members of the Main Campus faculty, with the exception of those in the McDonough School of Business, are eligible to apply.
  • Faculty are encouraged to combine an ARG with other Georgetown support, for example with a Summer Salary Supplement from the Provost’s Office, with school-based research funds, or with funds from their research accounts.

Selection Criteria

Subject to satisfying the eligibility criteria above, selection of proposals will be based on the following criteria:

  • Quality: applicants should explain in broadly accessible language the contribution their proposed research or scholarship will make to the literature or repertoire, and any future work to which it will lead.
  • Feasibility: applicants should present a clear and detailed plan for how the research/scholarship will be executed.
  • Value for money: A detailed budget, including where applicable items financed from other sources, should demonstrate how resources will be used efficiently to execute the project.
  • Credentials: applicants should explain how their track record, or in the case of junior faculty, their promise of future achievements, supports the notion that the proposed work will be successful


Applications consist of a project narrative of up to 1,000 words, a budget, and a current CV.  The narrative will address the issues of quality and feasibility outlined above, and include a description of the nature of the proposed research and its central hypothesis, the site, methodology, data, collaborations, and other inputs into the work, and the expected outcomes in terms of publications, other products, grant applications, performances, seminars, etc.

A budget detailing specific items and costs should be submitted. Allowable items include travel, materials and supplies, research assistants, data and data collection, etc. Funding cannot be used to pay faculty salaries or other direct compensation. If other funds, secured or pending, are to be used in combination with the ARG, these should be identified and included in the budget. A succinct budget narrative should also be included.

Your submission will be reviewed by faculty colleagues outside of your department, but in a related field. Please take this into account when crafting the language of your proposal.

Applications should be submitted via GU-PASS

The GU-PASS application window will open on August 25.

Financial process

Funds will be made available in a cost-center under the Vice Provost for Research.  Budgeted items can be charged to that cost center through August 31 of the year following the year in which the grant is made. Any surplus remaining after August 31 will expire at that time.


Recipients should submit a 200 word description of the activities that were conducted and made possible with the award by September 30 following the date of the award, with links, if available, to electronic copies of any materials – publications, working papers, reports, etc. – produced as a result.

The deliverable can be uploaded in GU-PASS. Instructions for uploading the deliverable may be
found in this User Guide

Faculty members who do not submit a deliverable as required will be ineligible for future internal grants.

A one-time six-month No-Cost Extension (NCE) can be requested in GU-PASS, by following the instructions in this job aid.