SPIA’s faculty members are internationally known for innovative and influential scholarship that informs policy makers and citizens about the dynamic world of politics and public affairs. Much of this incredible research done at SPIA would not be possible without the support of external funding. Our success in garnering grants is a direct result of the quality of our faculty and their determined efforts to seek funding for projects that improve health, safety and security, the economy and quality of life. External funding also plays a critical role in funding graduate assistantships that attract students to UGA and keep our state and nation at the forefront of today’s knowledge economy.


The Grants Coordinator serves to help faculty, staff and graduate students achieve research and programmatic goals by:

  • Providing assistance in the identification of funding opportunities
  • Offering a tailored, searchable database of requests for proposals (RFPs) and other funding announcements in areas of interest to SPIA faculty members
  • Preparation and submission of proposals (review & summarize funder guidelines, drafting of letters of inquiry, proposal structuring, editing)
  • Provision of grant writing reference materials
  • Arrangement of interdisciplinary planning meetings for large proposals
  • Facilitating contact and coordination with the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), the University of Georgia Research Foundation, and other universities for multi-institutional proposals
Recent SPIA Awards

The Jack Miller Center awarded funds to Professor Keith Dougherty for the American Founding Group, which he founded. This group sponsors the annual Constitution Day lecture, a reading group which features discussions focused on history, politics, philosophy, law, and economics as it pertains to the American Founding, and also sponsors other guest speakers.

The Stanton Foundation awarded a $96,000 grant in June 2020 to CITS Director Justin Conrad, Professor Ryan Powers, Assistant Professor Molly Berkemeier and Professor Jeff Berejikian for their proposal entitled “Nonproliferation Strategy to Practice: Assessing the State of Global Trade Control Implementation.” This project addresses the need to comprehensively assess the current state of export controls at the global and national levels by assessing  the front-line professionals working in this field. You can read more here.

The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute and the Georgia Voter Verification Study, sponsored by the Center for Election Innovation Research, are supporting the Survey Research Center, headed by Trey Hood, Professor of Political Science, including the “Fall 2020 Survey of Georgia Voters” survey.

The National Institutes of Health awarded $3.5 million dollars in July 2020 for a second year of project funding to David Bradford, George D. Busbee Chair in Public Policy, Amanda Abraham, Associate Professor in Public Administration and Policy, and Grace Bagwell Adams, Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, to study whether the use of legalized medical cannabis can act as a substitute for, or reduce the use of, traditional pain treatments. You can read more here.

The Carnegie Foundation is funding the work of Ryan Powers, Professor in International Affairs, entitled “Strengthening the Links Between Scholars and Practitioners of International Relations—Teaching, Research, and International Policy Project” with colleagues at the University of William and Mary. This project is exploring the views of International Relations scholars on foreign policy issues and ultimately disseminating these ideas to policy practitioners.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recommended for award three SPIA proposals submitted during the spring 2016 funding cycle. The recommended proposals include:

  • Christy Boyd, Scott Ainsworth, and Michael Lynch’s project “Judging Disabilities: Social Security Administration Appeals in the Federal Trial Courts” which will explore federal trial court appellate review of denied Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims brought between 1997 and 2014 to better understand why as many as 50 percent of the SSA’s disability determinations reviewed by the federal district courts are reversed and remanded.
  • Chad Clay, Thorin Wright (Arizona State University), Reed Wood (Arizona State University), and Chris Farriss’ (Univ. of Michigan) project “Sub-national Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP)” which will construct a new dataset that captures instances of political repression at the sub-national level that will support future studies of the subnational occurrence of repression and better explain variation in repression more generally.

Additionally, the following projects were also awarded:

  • Charles S. Bullock III was also awarded recently for his project, “Study on the Use and Cost of Primaries and Runoff Elections” by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. This project will evaluate the costs and/or benefits of using traditional run-off elections versus instant run-off elections to better understand under which circumstances each election type is most appropriate and effective.
  • J. Edward Kellough, Brad Wright, Tima Moldgogazlev, Gene Brewer, and Jamie Monogan‘s project “University of Georgia Program to Improve the Standards of Academic Research in Universities and Institute in the Republic of Georgia” has been recommended for award from the U.S. Department of State’s Mission to the Republic of Georgia. This project will help to improve the standards of Georgian academic research in Georgian universities and institutes by conducting a series of training seminars and coaching sessions to enhance research that supports government policy makers.  The project was developed in collaboration with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.