Research Development


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GrantForward Opportunities

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.

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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.

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NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program
Internal competition still open

Note there are two NSF submission windows in 2023: January 16 - February 21 and October 16 - November 15.

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.

2023 Proposal Writing Institute Applications
February 17, 2023

Applications for the 2023 Proposal Writing Institute (PWI) are due February 17, 2023. Be sure to check with your Dean's Office on internal deadline. The 2023 PWI will be held over 9 sessions (10:00am – 12:00pm), meeting on May 15, 18, 22, 25, June 1, 5, 8, 12, and 15. Participants are expected to attend all Institute sessions.

FY24 Cycle 1 Seed Grants
June 15, 2023

FY24 cycle 1 seed grant applications are due June 15, 2023. Be sure to check with your Dean’s Office on internal deadline. Awarded grants will begin September 1, 2023.

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2022-23 Virtual NIH Grants Conference and PreCon Events
PreConference Events - August 2022-January 2023
2-Day Virtual Conference - February 1 & 2, 2023

New year, new format! Leading up to the virtual grants conference in February 2023, NIH will be holding monthly pre-conference events from August 2022-January 2023 on a variety of topics. A free, one-time registration will get you an All-Access Conference Pass that includes all of the PreCon Events, 2-Day Conference, On-Demand Library, Exhibit Hall, and additional opportunities to engage with NIH and peers.

NEH Regional Grant-Writing Workshop
March 3, 2023
8:30am - 5:00pm

Join us for the National Endowment for the Humanities regional grant-writing workshop to be held on the USU campus on March 3, 2023. Hosted by the College of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Office of Research, workshop activities will feature an overview of current NEH funding opportunities, NEH special initiatives, a mock application panel review, and strategies for writing winning proposals (which is applicable to a variety of federal institutions, not just NEH). Registration by February 22 is required.

CHaSS Grant-Writing Charrette
March 17, 2023
Noon - 3:00pm

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the Office of Research, and USU Libraries will sponsor a grant-writing charrette - a hands-on collaborative peer review session. Participants will share a grant proposal in progress with a small group of fellow participants and receive targeted, actionable feedback. Participation in the workshop is by application only and is limited to CHaSS faculty only. Application information will be available in the near future.

2023 Proposal Writing Institute
May 15, 18, 22, 25, June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 2023
10:00am - noon

The fifteenth annual Proposal Writing Institute (PWI) will be held in late Spring 2023 to assist researchers in learning to develop high-quality proposals for extramural funding. The PWI is conducted via a small-group setting allowing for individualized attention and the development of rapport among participants and the various staff members across campus who support them. Acceptance to participate in the Institute is a competitive process and faculty should check with their Dean's Office on its internal application deadline.

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.