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Graduate Incentives for Growth Awards (GIGA) Fall 2013 Starting Date - Call for Applications

Subject: Graduate Incentives for Growth Awards (GIGA) Fall 2013 Starting Date - Call for Applications

Program Description

The Graduate College is pleased to announce the availability of funding for the sixth year of the Graduate Incentives for Growth Awards (GIGA) program.

GIGA is a challenge grant to stimulate new long-term extramural funding for graduate students.  It is intended to provide direct funding support for current or incoming graduate students (international and/or domestic) and offer 'venture' or ‘matching funds’ to attract long-term extramural funds to support future graduate students. The overall goal of the program is to fulfill the UA mandate to increase the enrollment of graduate students beyond current base numbers and base support. 

GIGA provides graduate student funding for one or two years, to (a) bring in additional graduate students and (b) use these funds as seed grants to obtain additional graduate student funding, thereby multiplying the future effects of the award.  Due to the nature of the available funds, an award can be used only for graduate student support (i.e., teaching, research or outreach assistantships, fellowships, etc.). No salaries, operations or other expenses can be provided from this source.

Creative and innovative proposals for ways to grow graduate support and enrollment are encouraged. For example, a proposal might outline how GIGA funding will be part of an extramural funding strategy to create the desired multiplier effect. GIGA funding is intended to attract additional extramural sources from foundations, the private sector or individual/corporate donors, the city and county, regional organisms and other non-traditional sources, and not as a match to federal grants. GIGA awards might also be used to demonstrate institutional commitment and to support students in collecting data to support grant-writing and grant-submission that ultimately leads to lasting support for graduate students in the proposed program.

GIGA will not consider proposals that provide GA training in areas that do not serve their academic training (e.g., fund-raising or writing proposals unless the program clearly demonstrates that these activities are part and parcel of a graduate student’s program of studies and appropriate career development), for simply adding GA capacity for a year or two without a concrete plan for obtaining extramural support to fund additional GAs, or for RAs enabling one or two individual professors to write more research grants.

The GIGA program is an annual, competitive program, with proposals evaluated by a faculty awards committee. An award pool of a total of $300,000 is anticipated for the current round. Awards can be for one or for two years.  Two-year awards will be evaluated for second year renewal based on a progress report submitted by the grantee in February of Year 2 of the grant.

Eligible to Apply: Graduate programs, institutes, centers and other relevant units or faculty groups are eligible to apply.


  • Cover and Budget Page: contact information, amount requested and budget detail using format found here.
  • Proposal Text: Include a brief summary of the disciplinary or thematic area and a well developed 'business plan’ describing how GIGA funds will lead to a long-term net increase in graduate funding (2 pages maximum).  Please use an open format, non-technical language that faculty from outside your discipline can understand, and a font no smaller than pt. 11.
  • Submit as electronic attachment (either as PDF or Word doc) to Cynthia Bjerk-Plocke, by January 17, 2013, 5:00pm deadline.

Questions? Contact Maria Teresa Velez, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate College, at or at (520) 621-7815

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