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.

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NIH R15 Program: Projected Change in USU Eligibility
USU will potentially be ineligible to submit proposals to the NIH R15 program in the next federal fiscal year, starting October 1, 2022.

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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FY23 Cycle 2 Seed Grants
January 15, 2023

FY23 cycle 2 seed grant applications are due January 15, 2023. Be sure to check with your Dean’s Office on internal deadline. Awarded grants will begin April 1, 2023.


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Fall 2022 Annual Faculty Proposal Writing Seminar (virtual)
October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 2022
1:00-3:00pm Mountain
Registration opens mid-August

The annual faculty proposal writing seminar is an intensive experience combining lecture, “in-classroom flipped classroom,” participant-supplied content, and other practices to provide engagement. This seminar emphasizes the why as well as the how of proposal writing. By understanding the reasoning and rationale behind specific suggestions, participants can take that learning and adapt it to many different research and proposal development situations.

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.

This seminar is offered every Fall semester and is a prerequisite for application to the Office of Research seed grant program.


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.

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.