In support of the University’s mission, and to recognize and support NSU faculty in their research endeavors, President Ray Ferrero, Jr. initiated the President's Faculty Scholarship Award Program in 1999. Early in its inception, the program was renamed the President’s Faculty Research and Development Grant (PFRDG) program. Today, PFRDG continues to directly support Vision 2020’s research-focused core values and strategic priorities by providing seed money for new research areas for which external funding will be sought, or to move current research initiatives to new levels of competitiveness for external funding. Because PFRDG leverages significant university resources to grow externally funded research activities, the program receives a considerable level of attention and support from the University's administration.
Fifty percent of each PFRDG award is funded from the interest generated from this investment, and the other fifty percent comes directly from the winning faculty members' academic units; these funds represent new allocations for faculty development, and do not diminish existing resources for faculty support in the unit.
Funding is prioritized for work that:
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FY 2021 Application Portal
FY 2021 Request for Proposal
Deans Commitment Form (Download form if you are unable to view in browser)
PFRDG Scoring Rubric
PFRDG Application Portal Instructions
Applicant Training Recording
Apply to be a Reviewer
Reviewer Form Instructions
Reviewer Training Recording
Reviewer/Panel Chair SharePoint Guide
Post Award Procedures
No-Cost Extension Form (Download form if you are unable to view in browser)
Final Report Form (Download form if you are unable to view in browser)
Request to Waive External Funding Submission
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
Please be aware that the President's Faculty Research and Development Grants are not evaluated on the level of funding an individual may have for other projects locally or federally funded. Each project or submission is graded on its own merits, and not on past or present funding.
Additional Questions? Send an email to PFRDG@nova.edu.