Research Development


Researchers Trained


Seed Grants Awarded


Capital Equipment Grants Awarded


GrantForward Opportunities

The ultimate goal of the Research Development Division 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. As part of this goal, the Division, through a network of college-based proposal development specialists, helps to relieve researchers of the logistics of proposal development and submission to allow more time to focus on technical writing. Proposal development specialists can help researchers from the beginning to end of the proposal development and submission process or at any point throughout depending on needs and/or wants.

Research Development vs. Research Administration
What's the difference?

Research Development is people and idea focused, pre-pre-award, strategic/big picture vision, proposal development support, limited submissions, training and education. Research Administration is policy and compliance focused, pre- and post-award, budgets and contracts, proposal submission process, award negotiation, and an authorized organization representative.

NIH R15 Program: Change in USU Eligibility
As of October 1, 2022, USU is ineligible to submit to the NIH R15 program.

USU researchers can review the Office of Research memo in Box. If you have any difficulties accessing the memo, please email Jeri Hansen.

Upcoming Deadlines

Limited Submission Notice of Intent
NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal Notice of Intent due May 31, 2024
NSF submission window - October 15-November 15, 2024

The Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program supports the acquisition of a multi-user research instrument that is commercially available through direct purchase from a vendor, or for the personnel costs and equipment that are required for the development of an instrument with new capabilities, thereby advancing instrumentation capabilities and enhancing expertise for instrument design and fabrication at academic institutions. The number of proposals allowed from an institution depends on Track (consult the Program Soliciation for more information). As part of the internal Notice of Intent, you will be required to submit a 2-page project description and CV.

FY25 Office of Research Seed Grants (Cycle 1)
June 18, 2024

FY25 cycle 1 seed grant applications are due June 18, 2024. Be sure to check with your Dean’s Office on internal deadline. Awarded grants will begin September 1, 2024.

Upcoming Events & Trainings

Hanover webinar: Engaging Collaborators to Enhance Your Proposal
May 23, 2024
10:00-11:00am Mountain
Zoom (virtual)

Contributions from partners, stakeholders, and collaborators are often central to the success of a grant application because they can provide the vital expertise, buy-in, and resources needed to effectively execute the project. Join Hanover Research for this session where profiles of different key collaborators in the grant development process will be reviewed, looking at what they bring to the table and how you can best draw them into your orbit.

Spring 2024 NSF Grants Conference
June 3 - 5, 2024
Philadelphia, PA
Hybrid event (in-person or virtual)

The NSF Grants Conference is a must, especially for new faculty, researchers, and administrators. Attendees will engage in and learn: New programs and initiatives, proposal preparation, NSF’s merit review process , NSF directorate sessions, award management topics , conflict of interest policies , and NSF systems updates.

Faculty Proposal Writing Seminar
October 25, November 1, 8, and 15, 2024
1:00-3:00pm Mountain
Zoom (virtual)
Registration will open in August

Join us for the next annual faculty proposal writing seminar! 
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.

Seminar content is spread out over the four days (i.e., new content each day). Participants must attend all four days to receive the full training. Full attendance of this seminar satisfies the prerequisite for application to the Office of Research seed grant program.