Internal sources of funding for research and creative activity
(Updated September, 2019)
Utah State University (USU) provides a range of funding opportunities for research and creative activities. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHaSS) shares in this mission and 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grants from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
CHaSS provides funding for innovative research and creative activities, and travel for the purpose of research dissemination:
The Creative Activity and Research Enhancement (CARE) Award provides up to $1,500 to support innovative faculty projects that will result in a research product, such as a grant proposal, book chapter, or a peer-reviewed journal article.
The Faculty Travel Grant provides up to $1,000 to support the dissemination of research and other forms of scholarship emanating from creative activities.
Other sources of internal research support
The Mountain West Center (https://mountainwest.usu.edu/small-grants), Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (https://uaes.usu.edu/internal/project-support), and other USU agencies provide additional research funding opportunities. If you have questions about these or other programs, please contact Associate Dean Reither.
Grants from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies
The Office of Research at USU offers three generous funding opportunities 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 one month of faculty salary. The maximum award is $20,000.
The Seed Program to Advance Research Collaboration (SPARC) 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 Office of Research deadline by approximately one week. These programs require that faculty complete a seminar in grant writing offered by the Office of Research. For complete details, including eligibility requirements and proposal deadlines, see: https://research.usu.edu/rd/officeofresearch-funding/