Need Help Finding an NIH Study Section?

When applying the the National Institutes of Health (NIH), part of the process is finding which study section best fits your research. According to NIH, “Applications are reviewed in study sections (Scientific Review Group, SRG). Integrated Review Groups (IRGs) are clusters of study sections based on scientific discipline.”

If you’re struggling to identify a study section, the NIH Center for Scientific Review is there to help! You can now use their Assisted Referral Tool (ART) to help sort through your options. You only need to input your abstract (and preferably a project title), and ART will generate a list of potential study sections.

As always, Grants & Contracts Administration is here to help you in your funding search as well. Feel free to contact us at with any questions you may have!

Click this link to learn more about the NIH application and review process.

Resources for Finding Funding

With classes winding down, it’s a great time to take advantage of the available resources for finding funding for your research, service, or creative activity! UNG faculty and staff can use the following in their search for external grant funding:

As always, you can also reach out to for questions and assistance. We’re here to support you in your search and research!

Virtual NSF Conference

Updated 10/5/2020

Are you interested in applying for grant funding from NSF? Then the Virtual NSF Grants Conference is for you!

Out of an abundance of caution in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be holding its first ever Virtual NSF Grants Conference later this fall. NSF has canceled the in-person Fall 2020 NSF Grants Conference that was scheduled to take place in San Antonio, Texas this October. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we navigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The conference will be held held during the weeks of November 16 and November 30, 2020 and you can sign up to get notifications. Registration will be free of charge and opens on Thursday, October 29 at 12 p.m. EST. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

In the meantime, check out NSF’s Resource Center for recordings of past webinars and conference presentations.

Grant Budgeting 101 Workshop Spring 2020

Come and learn about the basics of developing a budget for your grant proposal!

In this virtual workshop, Grant Specialists Chris Jackson and Kelly Millsaps will discuss the importance of your budget, common misconceptions about grant budgets, how to incorporate sponsor requirements, common budget items and categories, best practices, and UNG regulations affecting your budget. This is exciting stuff!

Grant Budgeting 101 will be held via Microsoft Teams – join us for one of two sessions!

  • April 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • April 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Content will be the same for both sessions. You will need to RSVP to by 5:00 pm the day before the session you would like to attend to receive an invitation to join the virtual workshop.

If you have not used Microsoft Teams before, please make sure you can login before the workshop, either through your browser or the desktop app. UNG Information Technology has created a Microsoft Teams User Guide to help guide UNG personnel through the basic features of Teams.


COVID-19 Funding Resources

Funding Resources

In light of the current public health crisis, several sponsors have published new funding opportunities and resources to promote research on COVID-19 and its spread. Through their SPIN search database, InfoEd Global has compiled a thorough list of COVID-19 opportunities and resources. Click the link below to access this information for free.

InfoEd Global COVID-19 Funding Resources

If you identify a funding opportunity you would like to apply to, please complete a Proposal Initiation Form or email with any questions.

InfoEd SPIN is one of the most comprehensive databases of funding opportunities from government and private sources covering most disciplines and is available at no-cost to University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty and staff on a regular basis.

To register (not required to access COVID-19 info), go to the SPIN Login Page and click “Need to create a new profile?”. Enter your information and an account request will be sent to UNG’s SPIN administrator to approve. Email for more information and assistance.

Agency Guidance

In addition, the Council On Governmental Relations (COGR) is maintaining a webpage with federal Agency Guidance. Click the link below to learn more about how sponsors are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

COGR Agency Guidance on COVID-19

Principal Investigators (PIs) with current grants should contact GCA Associate Director of Post-Award, Lourdes Bastas, with any questions or concerns regarding their award and forward any sponsor communication to

GCA Operations Update

UPDATED July 27, 2020

The Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) physical offices are now open during normal business hours. Staff members continue to work remotely on a rotating schedule and encourage communication via email, phone, and virtual meetings. Please contact GCA Staff directly to inquire about individual availability on campus. If you have any questions or aren’t sure who to contact, please email

Pre-Award staff are available via email Microsoft Teams chat/call/video (video calls are by appointment). Please contact Post-Award staff and GCA Administration via email.

Principal Investigators (PIs) with current grants should forward any communications from sponsors to

Grant Proposal Basics Workshop Spring 2020

Come learn about the basics of grant proposal development and submission!

In this workshop, Grant Specialists Chris Jackson and Kelly Millsaps will go over how to interpret a solicitation, responding to sponsor expectations, and how to craft the common elements of a grant proposal, such as the need statement, goals and objectives, workplan, resources, and evaluation plan. Whether you are new to grant writing or are just looking for a refresher course, this presentation is a great way to prepare for applying for grant funding, and applies to both research and programmatic projects.

March 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Host Campus: Dahlonega
DAH Library 163 | OCN Student Resource Center 581

VTC connection will be available for the Oconee campus.

March 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Host Campus: Gainesville
GVL Library 134 | CMG Room 246

VTC connection will be available for the Cumming campus.

Please RSVP to

Spring 2020 Finding Funding Workshop

The Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA) Semester Series Workshops are back for Spring 2020!

We’ll be kicking off this semester with the workshop Finding Funding. Join Grant Specialists Chris Jackson and Kelly Millsaps to learn best practices for funding searches and get a crash course on how to use UNG’s search tools. All faculty and staff are welcome to attend!

This workshop will be held twice in February:

  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • DAH Library 163 | VTC to OCN Student Resource Center 581
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020
    • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
    • GVL Library 134 | VTC to CMG 246

For more information or to RSVP, please email

New NSF Biosketch Requirement

Starting October 5, 2020, Principal Investigators (PIs) will be required to use an NSF-approved format to prepare their biographical sketch for National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals. However, NSF encourages the use of these formats prior to the October 5th deadline.

What do you need to know?

  • You will be required to use SciENcv or the NSF-provided fillable PDF starting October 5, 2020, but NSF encourages using these formats for biosketch creation immediately
  • You won’t need a new login – SciENcv can be accessed using your NSF ID or NIH eRA Commons account information
  • SciENcv can link with PubMed or ORCiD for a simple way to quickly populate your citations in your biosketch
  • You can create multiple versions of your biosketch to tailor it to a specific proposal or sponsor
  • Once you create your biosketch in SciENcv, you will need to download it and send it to your Grant Specialist for proposal submission

Support & Resources

Contact for help with creating your biosketch in SciENcv.

Grants Academy 2020

[UPDATE: 3/31/2020]

GCA is now accepting applications for the 2020 Grants Academy!

Submit your application through InfoReady by April 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

Each May, Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) offers an intensive Grants Academy for UNG faculty and staff members interested in seeking external funding to advance their work at UNG. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the entire external grant funding process, including identifying sources of funding, developing proposals and budgets, and learning post-award processes.

Grants Academy is a four-day workshop and usually takes place during the week between Spring Semester and Maymester.

Applications for participation in Grants Academy are typically announced in March with an April deadline. Click here to go to GCA’s myUNG Department Site and look for updates on the application process.