Faculty Research Grant Program

The Faculty Research Grant (FRG) program is intended to provide seed funding for new research projects and provide resources for major planning grants. 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. Preference will be given to faculty who are in the initial stages of building a research career, who are returning to the funding arena, who are exploring a new research focus, or who are working with an established or emerging group to create a nationally recognized center of excellence in support of a substantive research area.

Projects and proposals should be focused and aligned on emerging research areas in one of the following university research priorities:

  • Biotechnology, Biomedical, and Cancer Research
  • Data, AI, and Computational Sciences
  • Coastal, Environmental and Energy Research

Proposals for research topics outside of the above should be vetted with the Office of Research & Economic Development prior to submission.

There are two components to this program: Emerging Research Grants and Big Idea Research Planning Grants. Faculty may be a participant in only one (1) grant proposal per funding year. All programs are intended to stimulate interactions across disciplines, departments, colleges, and programs. In addition, these grants are seed funding programs designed to serve as leverage for attracting additional funding. As such, 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.

Emerging Research Grants

The vision of the Emerging Research Grants is to 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 year, and typically involve a small group of faculty or a single investigator from eligible departments.

Big Idea Research Planning Grants

The vision for this program is to foster the development of interdisciplinary research teams for the purpose of securing center-scale multi-year funding 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.

To address this vision, Principal Investigators must develop proposals whose goals are to:

  • seed innovative research efforts in emerging areas that are fundable priorities for federal or philanthropic agencies
  • secure long-term center-scale ($5M +) funding from external sources to support such research
  • train LSU faculty in team science and collaborative research techniques

This program will support up to three projects at up to $75,000. Proposals for Big Idea Research Planning grants should involve an interdisciplinary team of faculty from eligible departments.


All members of the faculty who hold the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor (tenure track or research) who hold appointments in departments that participate in LSU’s indirect cost (F&A) return program are eligible to apply for a Faculty Research Grant. Eligibility exceptions are as follows:

  • Persons known to be in their last year of campus employment are not
  • Faculty who only hold 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
  • Faculty who currently hold an unexpired FRG are not eligible to apply

How to apply

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