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Internal sources of funding for research and creative activity

Utah State University provides a range of funding opportunities for research and creative activities. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHaSS) shares in this mission and strongly encourages its faculty to pursue appropriate forms of internal support. If you have questions about any of these programs, please contact Associate Dean Eric Reither for further information (eric.reither@usu.edu; 435-797-9856).

Grants from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) at Utah State University offers generous seed funding to support the development of external grant proposals:

The Grant-Writing Experience through Mentorship (GEM) program requires that junior faculty at USU collaborate with a senior colleague to develop and submit an external grant proposal. The maximum award is $10,000.

The Research Catalyst (RC) program funds research initiatives that promise to attract external funding. Awards support preliminary research and proposal development, including up to 1 month of faculty salary. The maximum award is $20,000.

The Seed Program to Advance Research Collaboration (SPARC) program supports the creation of interdisciplinary research teams to pursue external awards of at least $1 million. Awards support teambuilding, preliminary research and proposal development, including up to one month of faculty salary. The maximum award is $35,000.

Faculty submit GEM, RC and SPARC proposals through CHaSS. The college due date will precede the RGS deadline by approximately one week. All of these programs require that faculty complete the RGS seminar in grant writing. For complete details on RGS seed funding programs, including proposal deadlines, see: https://rgs.usu.edu/rd/rgs-funding/

 

Other sources of internal research support

The Mountain West Center, Utah Agricultural Experiment Station, Center for Women and Gender and other USU agencies provide additional research funding opportunities. As requests for proposals and deadlines emerge for the 2017-18 academic year, we will update this webpage with additional information.

Grants from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

CHaSS provides funding opportunities for external grant development, innovative research and creative activities, and travel for the purpose of research dissemination. The Requests for Proposals (RFP) below provide further information about these awards, including eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

The Large Grant Development Award provides up to $10,000 in total funding for faculty to develop and submit external grant proposals of at least $200,000.

The Small Grant Development Award provides up to $5,000 in total funding for faculty to develop and submit external grant proposals of at least $10,000.

The Creative Activity and Research Enhancement (CARE) Award provides up to $2,000 to support innovative faculty projects that will result in a definable product, such as a book chapter or peer-reviewed journal article.

The Faculty Travel Grant provides up to $1,250 to support the dissemination of research and other forms of scholarship emanating from creative activities.