Many entities are interested in supporting humanities and social science projects. The main task of a researcher or artist is to find the right match between their interests and those of a potential funder. At USU, grant programs are available from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies. Many of these are geared toward the development of external funding requests.
Grants from the Vice President for Research
Three seed grant programs are available through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS). All of these programs require that the Principal Investigator seek external funding for the same project within a prescribed time limit. For complete information, visit the RGS funding web page at http://rgs.usu.edu/facultyfunding/htm/grants-funding.
IMPORTANT: The deadlines shown on the RGS website are not the deadlines for faculty submission. All proposals for these programs must be submitted to the college, where they go through a ranking process before being submitted by the college to the RGS to meet the due date shown on the RGS web site. The college deadline is usually 2 weeks before
RGS deadline. RGS Seed Grant program:
- Grant-Writing Experience through Mentorship (GEM) - Requires active collaboration between a junior faculty member and a successful senior colleague. Maximum $5,000.
- Research Catalyst (RC) - Funds can be used for one month faculty salary support, student RA, travel required to do research, supplies and equipment needed to complete the project. Maximum $20,000.
- Seed Program To Advance Research Collaboration (SPARC) - Funds can be used for 1 month faculty salary support, student RA, travel required to do research, supplies and equipment needed to complete the project, plus travel to meet with collaborators or representatives of funding agencies. To obtain full award level, PIs must utilize a professional proposal development service. Maximum $35,000.
CHaSS Grant Development Seed Grants
These are grants of up to $4,000 for tenure stream faculty members to support research leading to submission of an external grant. These grants are offered on a competitive basis in the fall and spring semesters, with deadlines specified for submission of external proposals. All external proposals funded by this program must be submitted through the USU Sponsored Programs Office.
CHaSS Travel and Data Collection Grants
These grants of up to $1000 for full time, benefitted faculty (including tenure stream faculty, lecturers and clinical professors, with the exception of RCDE faculty) are aimed at supporting faculty travel to present papers at professional meetings or to gather preliminary data in support of preparing peer reviewed scholarly research and/or creative products. Travel and Data Collection grants are available on a competitive basis in the fall and spring semesters, with terms for expenditures outlined in the guidelines.
Mountain West Center For Regional Studies Small Grants
These grants of up to $2000 are offered on a competitive basis for research and creative activities leading to the production of a journal article, book chapter, book, or other scientific or creative product. This program is open to all full time, benefitted faculty, including RCDE faculty. The deadline for submission of proposals to the program is March 31, 2013. Proposals should be submitted to the Mountain West Center in person or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.