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
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends
Internal Notice of Intent due July 15, 2024
NEH submission deadline - September 18, 2024

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Summer Stipends program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Projects can be supported at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective. 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 2)
January 15, 2025

FY25 cycle 2 seed grant applications are due January 15, 2025. Be sure to check with your Dean’s Office on internal deadline. Awarded grants will begin April 1, 2025.

Upcoming Events & Trainings

Hanover webinar: Storytelling in Grantwriting
July 25, 2024
10:00-11:00am Mountain
Virtual event

The heart of any successful grant proposal is a compelling and convincing narrative. In this webinar, Hanover will dive into the art of storytelling as it relates to the grant writing process and explore how principal investigators can bring their proposals to life by applying storytelling principles and practices in their writing.​

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.