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, whose primary goal is to relieve researchers of the logistics of proposal development and submission to allow more time to focus on technical writing. To achieve this, network specialists can help researchers from beginning to end of the proposal development and submission process, or at any point throughout depending on needs and/or wants.

The ultimate goal of the 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.

Upcoming Deadlines Calendar icon

LIMITED SUBMISSION Notice of Intent
NEH Summer Stipends
May 23, 2022

The purpose of the Summer Stipends program is to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication by providing $6,000 to support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. The Summer Stipends program supports projects at any stage of development, but especially early-stage research and late-stage writing in which small awards are most effective.


FY23 Cycle 1 Seed Grants
June 15, 2022

FY23 cycle 1 seed grant applications are due June 15, 2022. Be sure to check with your Dean’s Office on internal deadline. Awarded grants will begin September 1, 2022.


Upcoming Events & Workshops Calendar icon

2022 Proposal Writing Institute
May 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, June 2, 6, and 9, 2022
10:00am-noon Mountain

The Proposal Writing Institute (PWI) is the annual, intensive training workshop offered each Spring by the Research Development division that is designed to assist researchers in learning the tools and techniques to develop high-quality proposals. The PWI features a small-group setting, allowing for individualized attention, and participants actively work on a proposal during the workshop sessions that they will ultimately submit to an external funding agency at the conclusion of the Institute.


Spring 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference
June 6-10, 2022

The 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 provide up-to-date information about specific funding opportunities and answer attendee questions. Highlights include: new programs and initiatives; NSF Directorate sessions; future directions and strategies for national science policy; proposal preparation and the merit review process; award management topics.

Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, May 11th at 12 p.m. EST. Sign up here to be notified of conference registration details. For those who cannot attend the live conference, all conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event.

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.