The Rural Health Research Institute holds an annual grant competition through the Supporting Pilot Rural Investigations Grant (SPRInG) program. The goal of the program is to provide seed funding to investigators to enable them to collect pilot data or conduct other preliminary studies necessary for the preparation of a rural health-focused competitive grant submission to an external funder. Faculty will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 to support an interdisciplinary rural health research project. Recipients must submit both a peer-reviewed article and an RHRI-affiliated external grant submission within 12 months after the completion of the funding period.
SPRInG Eligibility and Requirements
The lead faculty member (PI) must be a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty member at Georgia Southern University with an earned doctorate, and must collaborate with at least one additional faculty co-Investigator to form a team that will conduct the proposed research project. A faculty member may not be a PI on more than one application; however, an individual may be a PI on one application and co-Investigator on a second.
The lead faculty member must complete the proposed research project and submit both a peer-reviewed journal article and an RHRI-affiliated external grant submission within 12 months from the completion of the funding period. Any presentation or publications resulting from the data collection must acknowledge the Rural Health Research Institute as a funding source.
Faculty may receive up to $10,000 to cover research costs. The number of awards per academic year is contingent upon the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications and the availability of funds.
Funds will be available for expenditure immediately following notification of the award. Upon funding, a milestone calendar will be created, listing required completion dates (such as IRB approval if necessary, purchasing of essential supplies, etc.).
All expenditures must be directly related to the acquisition or analysis of research data. Salaries are not an allowable cost. Funds may not be spent on travel unless such travel is an integral part of data collection and takes the researcher outside of Bulloch County (e.g., travel to a remote site for data collection purposes). Funds may not be used to purchase food or alcohol. Other expenditure restrictions may apply – any unallowable costs will be discussed with the PI of the project upon funding and adjustments allowed (if appropriate).
Complete applications should be formatted at 11-point Arial font, single-spaced, with at least 0.5-inch margins. Failure to adhere to formatting and length guidelines may disqualify the application from funding consideration. Applications must consist of the following:
- An application form with all required signatures
- An abstract of the proposed project (30 lines maximum)
- A brief summary of how the proposed project is relevant to rural health (30 lines maximum)
- A description of the proposed study, adhering to the following structure:
- Background and Significance (one page maximum)
- Methods (two page maximum)
- A project timeline detailing dates and deliverables (one page maximum)
- A description of how the proposed project will facilitate the submission of an external grant. Include a list of five potential publication venues for the results of the project and a list of at least two funding opportunities (current or recently passed) reflecting the type of grant submission that may result from this pilot data (one page maximum)
- An itemized budget detailing each expense with justification for the expenditure (including unit costs and quantities if appropriate)
- A current curriculum vitae for the PI and any co-Investigators
Application Review Process
Applications will be scored by a committee based on the following criteria:
- Scientific Approach – 40 points
- Rural Health Focus – 20 points
- Investigator Qualifications – 10 points
- Likelihood of Securing External Funding – 20 points
- Interdisciplinary Approach – 10 points
For more information, contact Maggie Exas, RHRI Program Manager,