Research Development

The Research Development division was established in 2008 as the Office of Proposal Development to assist USU researchers in developing stronger proposals for submission to external sponsors. The division was renamed Research Development in 2015 to more accurately reflect the work being done. Since its establishment, the division has grown from a one-person shop to a network of college-based specialists. Our primary goal is to foster a competitive advantage in the search for external funding by helping researchers develop strong and successful proposal writing skills and research portfolios, and ultimately expand the revenue created by externally funded research at USU.

Upcoming Deadlines Calendar icon

LIMITED SUBMISSION Internal Notice of Intent
NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
October 1, 2021

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) serves to increase access to shared scientific and engineering instruments for research and research training in our Nation's institutions of higher education, not-for-profit museums, science centers and scientific/engineering research organizations. The program provides organizations with opportunities to acquire major instrumentation that supports the research and research training goals of the organization and that may be used by other researchers regionally or nationally.

NOTE: There will be significant documentation required of the cost-share, ongoing costs, and space feasibility during the internal review process.


LIMITED SUBMISSION Internal Notice of Intent
ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
October 15, 2021

The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities. Full-time assistant professors within two years of their initial tenure track appointment (January 2020 through January 2022) at the time of application at an ORAU member institution are eligible.


FY22 Cycle 2 Seed Grants
January 18, 2022

FY22 cycle 2 seed grant applications are due January 18, 2022. Be sure to check with your Dean’s Office on internal deadline. Awarded grants will begin April 1, 2022.


Upcoming Events & Workshops Calendar icon

Graduate Student Proposal Writing Seminar (virtual)
September 17, 24 October 1, and 8, 2021

The goal of this seminar is to provide those with little to no proposal writing knowledge or experience with a framework of how to place a proposal in the context of a project. This seminar will help demystify the proposal process and emphasizes how the approaches taught can also be applied to planning and writing a thesis project or paper for publication.


NSF Fall 2021 Virtual Grants Conference
October 4-8, 2021

The Fall 2021 NSF Virtual Grants Conference is designed to give new faculty, researchers, and administrators key insights into a wide range of current issues at NSF. NSF program officers will be providing up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answering attendee questions.


Annual Faculty Proposal Writing Seminar (virtual)
October 29, November 5, 12, and 19, 2021

The goal of this seminar is to provide those with some proposal writing experience with new approaches and ways to think about preparing a proposal. The approaches taught during the seminar will help demystify the proposal writing process but at the same time provide concrete tools to use in organizing the information and arguments necessary for the development of a compelling proposal.


NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
November 1-4, 2021

The NIH Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration is intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify Federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff provide a broad array of expertise and encourage personal interaction between themselves and seminar participants. The seminar is appropriate for grants administrators, researchers new to NIH, and graduate students.

Seed Grants and Funding

Seed Program to Advance Research Collaborations
The Seed Program to Advance Research Collaborations (SPARC) provides funding to catalyze the development of interdisciplinary research teams and projects that involve research/creative scholarship in more than one department, research center, college, or institution.

Research Catalyst Program
The Research Catalyst (RC) program provides funding to help applicants develop new initiatives or directions in their discipline. The purpose of this program is to seed research/creative scholarship that will lead to external funding.

Grant-Writing Experience through Mentorship Program
The Grant-Writing Experience through Mentorship (GEM) program provides funding to enhance the professional development of investigators through one-on-one research/creative scholarship and grant-writing interaction with successful mentors.

Capital Equipment Grants Program
The Capital Equipment Grant program is an annual grants program to purchase capital equipment to support research and creative activities at USU, receiving an allocation from the recovered F&A pool.