Dean’s Grantsmanship Award

About the Award

The College of Agriculture has established the Dean’s Grantsmanship Awards to reward the great effort faculty members make to be successful in obtaining extramural grants and contracts. The Dean’s Grantsmanship Award will be made annually. All winners will receive a certificate recognizing this accomplishment.

In addition, the top three winners with the highest total dollar amount of qualified competitive extramural funding (as defined below) will each receive a cash award of $1,000. The award will be disbursed following university policy and is taxable according to IRS guidelines.


All tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty members, including the research professor series and research fellow IV, are eligible.


The sole criterion for the Dean’s Grantsmanship Award of the Year is the accumulative total dollar amount of competitive extramural grants/contracts brought in by a faculty member serving as principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator (co-PI) officially awarded during the fiscal year (October 1 to September 30).

The total dollar must be $250,000 or more in competitive extramural awards in response to standard Request for Applications (RFAs) from nationally or regionally recognized funding agencies/organizations, or extramural awards with a minimum indirect costs (i.e., Facilities and Administrative costs) rate of 15%.  

Subcontract dollar amounts to Auburn University will be counted towards the total of the PI/co-PI from Auburn University. Congressional support (earmarks), gifts and state support in the form of special grants or line items do not qualify.


The award will be presented at the annual College of Agriculture awards program in December.


The grant/contract award information will be obtained from the Office of Sponsored Programs and the total dollar amounts will be ranked with principal investigator. The sources and nature of funding will be examined to exclude congressional earmarks, line items or special grants, and verified with respective department heads/chairs. 

Upon verification of grants/contracts, the Associate Dean for Research will make a recommendation of candidates for the award to the Dean. The Dean will make the decision on the award recipients.

Dean’s Grantsmanship Award Nomination Form

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