CITS Seed Grant Program

The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) is pleased to offer seed funding for research proposals from faculty and/or graduate students.  All faculty and graduate students in SPIA are welcome to apply, but CITS will give priority to those who are currently fellows or affiliates of the Center.  In support of the Center’s mission, all research proposals should demonstrate relevance to national and/or international security. The recipient(s) of the seed grant are required to submit at least one external grant proposal.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Submission Instructions:

Proposals should include a one-page project summary, as well as a brief budget (one page or less).


The project summary should include the following:

1) Brief outline of the project’s theoretical framework

2) Description of proposed research design and methods

3) Explanation of how the project contributes to the understanding of national and/or international security

4) External funding agencies that will be targeted if the seed grant project is funded


Budget proposals should not exceed $2,500.  Budgets should include the following:

1) Main expense categories

2) Amounts requested in each category

3) Brief justification of each request


Examples of permissible uses of seed grant funds are payments of survey/experiment participants, travel expenditures, purchase of datasets, hardware/software expenditures and faculty summer salary.  Please note, faculty can receive summer salary only if they are within their summer cap. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to know the cap policy and ensure they are eligible to take funds as summer salary.


Grantees are required to submit at least one external grant proposal, based on project findings.  Grantees will also submit a one-page report that describes how the funds were used, outcomes of the project, and the status of external grant submissions.  The report will be due one year from the award start date.


Proposals and questions should be addressed to Justin Conrad, Director of CITS ([email protected]).

E-Mobility Initiative Seed Proposal Program

The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) is pleased to support the E-Mobility Initiative at the University of Georgia.  The initiative is designed to advance research, scholarship, service, and outreach efforts to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility technology throughout the State. A critical element of this initiative is harnessing the talents of UGA in projects that leverage the expertise of faculty, staff, and students for the purpose of improving our communities and building larger programs that are competitive for external support.

The E-Mobility Initiative Seed Proposal program will accept proposals aimed at building the foundation of future programs and partnerships in this field of research and scholarship. Proposals must include two principal investigators from different units/departments/colleges. All projects will provide support for 1-2 graduate students and a cost-sharing commitment between $5,000 and $10,000 is required by the head(s) of the proposing units/departments/colleges.

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Proposal Format:

  1. Proposal Name
  2. Participating Personnel
  3. Project Plan (Background and Motivation, Student Research Goals, External Funding Plan, Budget)
  4. Letter of Support and Cost Sharing Commitment from Unit Head(s)

Review Criteria:

  1. Relevance to advancing the adoption of electric mobility technologies (15%)
  2. Expertise of participating personnel (15%)
  3. Merit of the Project Plan (50%)
  4. Quality of external funding plan (20%)


For questions, please contact:

Dean Don Leo, [email protected]

Dr. Justin Conrad, [email protected]

Kelley Saussy, [email protected]