Research Development


Researchers Trained


Seed Grants Awarded


Capital Equipment Grants Awarded


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

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.

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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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
11:00am - 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. Workshop activities will include an overview of funding opportunities by an NEH program officer, an in-depth look at application best practices, and a mock review panel. More information will be available in the near future.

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.

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.