1890 Faculty Research Sabbatical Program
About the 1890 Faculty Research Sabbatical Program (FRSP)
Since 2015, the USDA Agricultural Research Service has offered a Faculty Research Sabbatical Program for faculty at 1890 land-grant universities (LGUs). The program provides 1890 LGU faculty members with the opportunity to participate in a residency at an ARS laboratory to conduct cooperative research of mutual interest with ARS. Each year pending annual appropriations, ARS invests up to $500,000 in the program to support expenses such as salary, housing allowance, personal living expenses, travel, and research costs.
Important Program Changes in FY 2020
Please note the changes to this program in FY 2020:
- ARS will fund two types of sabbaticals:
- A 6- to 12-month residency funded at up to $125,000; and
- A “summer residency,” funding participants at a maximum of $75,000 over two consecutive 3-month summer residencies.
- The 1890 FRSP will be open to tenure-track and research-track faculty who have been employed for a minimum of 3 years at their current institution at the time of proposal submission.
- There is no limit to the number of applications that can be submitted by each 1890 LGU. Although ARS will attempt to maximize the number of institutions receiving awards, multiple awards may be made to the same university based on the quality of the proposals.
Call for Proposals
Information on the call for proposals for the FY 2020 award cycle will be posted mid-November 2019, and applications will be accepted through January 31, 2020. The FY 2020 award cycle will fund research collaborations that begin by September 1, 2020. The residencies may begin as early as May 15, 2020, or as late as June 1, 2021.
Past program documentation:
For more information on the 1890 Faculty Research Sabbatical Program, email 1890FRSP@usda.gov.
To learn more about ARS research programs, visit the ARS Office of National Programs home page.