CHaSS Research Resources
CHaSS Faculty Research Resources
CHaSS supports our faculty in their research and creative agendas through research development opportunities, proposal development support, and by providing helpful resources related to university, college, and extramural funding practices. The resources provided here are not exhaustive but encompass some of the most common questions that primary investigators have when they engage in research and creative activities.
Best Practices in Grant & Proposal Writing:
- This best practices resource provides guidelines to follow in proposal writing for humanities and social science funding opportunities.
RFAST (Research & Financial Admin Series Training)
- RFAST Training, offered by the USU Office of Research, is required to ensure that researchers are aware of regulations and USU’s related policies and procedures.
Grant Proposal Development Support
- CHaSS provides grant proposal development support for institutional extramural awards.
Facilities & Administration Rates
- CHaSS has established a standard distribution rate for facilities and administration rates. All extramural funding is subject to F&A fees.
Institutional vs. Individual Research Awards
- Institutional awards are those that are paid directly to Utah State University. All institutional awards must flow through Sponsored Programs.
- Individual awards that are those that are paid directly to the researcher, typically during a faculty member’s summer months or research leaves.
CHaSS Internal Funding Opportunities
- CHaSS has internal funding opportunities.
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- The IRB is an independent committee charged with the ethical review, revision, and approval of research involving human participants. Research projects that involve human subjects (including class projects and scholarship of teaching and learning) must have their projects reviewed and approved by the IRB.
- CITI Training is required for all researchers prior to submitting through Kuali.
Sponsored Programs Rules and Regulations
- All institutional extramural grants must be reviewed and submitted to Sponsored Programs.
USU Office of Research Trainings, Funding, and Opportunities
- The University’s Office of Research provides research development support and training to USU faculty PIs.
- Research Training Calendar & Opportunities
- Annual Faculty Proposal Writing Seminar
- Arts & Humanities Grant Writing Seminar
- This training is similar to the Annual Faculty Proposal Writing Seminar but its emphasis is on humanities and arts opportunities. It is offered every other (even years) spring semester.
- Proposal Writing Institute
- The Proposal Writing Institute is an annual, intensive training workshop offered each spring by the Research Development division in the USU Office of Research.
- Office of Research Seed Grants
- The USU Office of Research provides university-level seed grants in support of extramural funding opportunities. These first route through individual colleges and then onto the USU Office of Research. Two cycles: Due January 8 or June 8 to CHaSS.
Research Data Management Plans
- A data management plan or DMP describes how research data will be generated, described, stored, and mad accessible. DMPs are often required as part of grant proposals. USU Libraries in cooperation with the USU Office of Research has developed many resources and examples on DMPs for USU researchers.
Conflict of Interest (COI)
- The Division of Research Integrity and Compliance (DRIC) is responsible for managing all Conflicts of Interest (individual and institutional) that are related to research.
- Employees are required to submit CoIs annually as well as:
- Within 5 days of a change to the employee’s Significant Financial Interests
- Every time the employee submits a new proposal through the Sponsored Programs Office
Graduate Student Research Resources
Graduate students, whether masters or doctoral students, occupy important roles in CHaSS research projects. Faculty mentors and graduate students are encouraged to meet with their departmental graduate program coordinators as well as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Dr. Rebecca Walton, to discuss other funding opportunities.
Graduate Student Research Resources and Opportunities from the Office of Research
Graduate Student Proposal Writing Seminar
- The Graduate Student Proposal Writing Seminar provides opportunities for graduate students to learn about grant-writing.
Graduate Research and Creative Opportunity (GRCO)
- GRCO provides $1000 to support original research, scholarship, or creative work by USU graduate students with the guidance of a faculty member.
Graduate Enhancement Awards (GEA)
- USUSA Graduate Enhancement Award supports outstanding graduate students at USU who have a consistent track record of excellence in academics.
Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship (PDRF)
- PDRF opportunity
Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research Graduate Fellowship (CIGSR)
- CIGSR opportunity
Graduate Student Travel Award
- Graduate Student Travel Award opportunity
Undergraduate Research Resources
CHaSS undergraduate majors are regularly involved in research projects both in and outside of the classroom. USU and CHaSS are strongly dedicated to providing undergraduates with research experiences. CHaSS and the division of Undergraduate Research through the Office of Research at USU have a number of undergraduate opportunities.
CHaSS Faculty-Student Summer Mentorship
- These grants provide outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to have a focused and funded one-on-one research mentorship.
USU Undergraduate Research Program
- Undergraduate Research Program
- Undergraduate Research Funding Opportunities (URCO, ROWs, Travel Award)
- Mentor Resources
- Student Research Symposium
- Student Needed Form
- Research Course Designation
Trainings and Events
Calendar - Research and Development Trainings and Events
Research and Development Trainings
|9/5/23||3:30-5:00 pm||USU Office of Research Student Program Fall Mentor Reception||South Lawn, Eccles Conference Center|
|9/6/23||11:00 am-1:00 pm||USU Office of Research Undergraduate Research Fair||Engineering Quad|
|9/15/23||5:00 pm||CHaSS Internal Research Funding Deadline for Faculty Travel Grants & C.A.R.E. Awards.||Submit Online|
|9/19/23||1:00 pm||USU Office of Research Graduate Student Proposal Writing Seminar Part 1 of 4||Zoom - Registration Required|
|9/20/23||11:30 am - 1:00 pm||CHaSS & IRB Faculty Workshop||MAIN 340 and Zoom|
|9/26/23||11:00 am - 12:30 pm||CHaSS & IRB Graduate Student & Faculty Mentor Workshop||MAIN 340 and Zoom|
|9/26/23||1:30 pm||USU Library hosts Peer Review @ USU Workshop|
|9/29/23||12:00 - 1:30 pm||USU Library hosts “Don’t be Reviewer 2: Reviewing for Journals and Conferences”||Merrill Cazier Library 101|
|9/29/23||1:30 - 3:00 pm||USU Office of Research Seed Grant Workshop|
|10/12/23||12:00 - 1:30 pm||USU Library hosts “Journal Selection Strategies: Finding the Perfect Fit for your Research"||Merrill Cazier Library 101|
|10/23/23||12:00 - 1:00 pm||CHaSS & USU Library hosts“Make your scholarship open!: An open access workshop”||Library 154 and on Zoom|
|10/24/23||12:00 - 1:00 pm||USU Library hosts “Community/Commercialization: A Panel Discussion”||Library 154|
|10/27/23||1:00 - 3:00 pm||USU Office of Research Faculty Proposal Writing Seminar Part 1 of 4||Zoom - Registration Required|
|11/16/23||12:00 - 1:00 pm||USU Library hosts “Author Agreements: What to Know Before You Sign on the Dotted Line”||LIB 101 or on Zoom|
|1/26/24||1:00 - 3:00 pm||USU Office of Research Arts & Humanities Proposal Writing Seminar Part 1 of 4||Registration Required|
External Grant Deadlines
Notable External Grant Deadlines
Note: Always verify deadlines with official funder guidelines
|Due Date||Grant Opportunity|
|9/5/23||NSF Science of Organizations - Funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate.|
|9/7/23||NEH Humanities Connection Grant - Seeks to expand the role of the humanities in undergraduate education at two- and four-year institutions by supporting innovative curricular approaches.|
|9/7/23||NEH Dialogues on the Experience of War Grant - Supports the study and discussion of important humanities sources about war, in the belief that these sources can help U.S. military veterans and others think more deeply about the issues raised by war and military service.|
|9/13/23||DOD Minerva Research Initiative’s Defense Education and Civilian University Research Partnership (DECUR) - Aims to develop collaborative basic research partnerships between PME Institutions and Civilian Research Universities by supporting fundamental scientific research that improves the capacity of security-related basic social science research and education.|
|9/13/23||NEH Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages - Supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages—languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use.|
|9/15/23||CHaSS Internal Research Funding Deadline for Faculty Travel Grants & C.A.R.E. Awards.|
|9/20/23||NEH Summer Stipends - Aims to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication by providing awards for advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars (by nomination only; limited submission call released each spring).|
|9/28/23||NEH Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research - Funding to conduct empirical research in the United States or abroad in order to answer questions of importance to the humanities.|
|10/2/23||FDN American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grants - Provides humanities scholars with grants to cover the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of research materials; or the costs of fieldwork or laboratory expenses.|
|10/18/23||NEH Spotlight on Humanities in Higher Education - Supports the exploration and development of small projects that would benefit underserved populations through the teaching and study of the humanities at small and medium-sized colleges and universities.|
|11/2/23||NARA Archival Projects - Supports archival projects that will significantly improve online public discovery and use of historical records collections.|
|11/2/23||NARA Public Engagement with Historical Records - Supports projects that encourage public engagement with historical records, including the development of new tools that enable people to engage online.|
|11/2/23||NARA Publishing Historical Records in Collaborative Digital Editions - Funding to publish online editions of historical records. All types of historical records are eligible. Projects may focus on broad historical movements in U.S. history, including any aspect of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American history, such as law (including the social and cultural history of the law), politics, social reform, business, military, the arts, and other aspects of the national experience.|
|11/7/23 (LOI)||FDN Russell Sage Foundation - Research grants are awarded through core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context; Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality.|
|11/29/23||NEH Collaborative Research - Encourages collaboration that proposes diverse approaches to topics, incorporates multiple points of view, and explores new avenues of inquiry.|
|11/29/23||NEH Public Scholars - Supports the creation of well-researched books in the humanities intended to reach a broad readership.|
|11/29/23||NEH Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations - Supports the preparation of editions and translations of pre-existing texts of value to the humanities that are currently inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions or transcriptions.|
|12/1/23||NSF Archaeology Program Senior Research Awards (Arch-SR) - Supports archaeological laboratory and field research with the goal of understanding the processes that have shaped past behavior in humans and their fossil relatives.|
|12/1/23||FDN American Philosophical Societies Franklin Research Grants - Provides humanities scholars with grants to cover the costs of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of research materials; or the costs of fieldwork or laboratory expenses.|
|12/15/23||FDN American Council on Learned Societies Digital Justice Grants - Supports efforts to promote and provide resources for projects that diversify the digital domain, advance justice and equity in digital scholarly practice, and/or contribute to public understanding of racial and social justice issues; separate programs for Seed Grants and Development Grants.|
|1/10/24||NEH Media Projects - Supports the development, production, and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.|
|1/11/24||NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grants - Supports digital humanities projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.|
|1/15/24||NSF Law & Science - Considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts.|
|1/15/24||NSF Linguistics - Basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general.|
|1/16/24||NSF Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards (CA-SR) - Supports research aimed at understanding patterns, causes, and consequences of human social and cultural variation, including research that has implications for confronting anthropogenic problems.|
|1/16/24||NSF Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS) - Supports basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales.|
|1/19/24 (Full)||FDN John Templeton Foundation - Awards grants in support of research and public engagement funding areas including: Religion, Science, and Society; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Life Sciences; Mathematical & Physical Sciences; and Public Engagement.|
|2/2/24||NSF Science of Organizations - Funds research that advances our fundamental understanding of how organizations develop, form and operate.|
|2/7/24||NEH Institutes for Higher Education Faculty - Convenes higher education faculty from across the nation in order to deepen and enrich their understanding of a variety of topics in the humanities and enrich their capacity for effective scholarship and teaching.|
|2/15/24||NEH Dynamic Language Infrastructure – Documenting Endangered Languages - Supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning dynamic language infrastructure in the context of endangered human languages—languages that are both understudied and at risk of falling out of use.|
|2/15/24||NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities - Supports national or regional (multistate) training programs for scholars, humanities professionals, and advanced graduate students to broaden and extend their knowledge of digital humanities.|
|5/7/23||NEH Humanities Initiatives - Seeks to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at institutions of higher education by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones; separate competitions for Colleges and Universities, Community Colleges, HBCUs, HSIs, and TCUs.|
|5/21/24||NEH Research and Development - Supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources.|
|5/21/24||NEH Preservation and Access Education and Training - Supports the development of knowledge and skills among professionals responsible for preserving and establishing access to humanities collections.|
|Spring 24 (Last: May 3, 2023)||NARA Archives Collaboratives - Supports projects that will make collections from small and under-represented archives more readily available for public discovery and use. (Note: Draft deadline three months beforehand.)|
|Spring 24 (Last: May 3, 2023)||NARA Major Collaborative Archival Initiatives - Supports projects that promote access to America's historical records to encourage understanding of our democracy, history, and culture. (Note: Draft deadline three months beforehand.)|
|Summer 24 (Last: Jun 7, 2023)||NARA NHPRC-Mellon Planning Grants for collaborative Digital Editions - Aims to broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions..|
|7/1/24||NSF Archaeology Program Senior Research Awards (Arch-SR) - Supports archaeological laboratory and field research with the goal of understanding the processes that have shaped past behavior in humans and their fossil relatives.|
|7/15/24||NSF Linguistics - Basic science in the domain of human language, encompassing investigations of the grammatical properties of individual human languages, and of natural language in general.|
|8/1/24||NSF Law & Science - Considers proposals that address social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, as well as studies of how science and technology are applied in legal contexts.|
|8/15/24||NSF Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards (CA-SR) - Supports research aimed at understanding patterns, causes, and consequences of human social and cultural variation, including research that has implications for confronting anthropogenic problems.|
|FDN John Templeton Foundation - Awards grants in support of research and public engagement funding areas including: Religion, Science, and Society; Character Virtue Development; Individual Freedom & Free Markets; Life Sciences; Mathematical & Physical Sciences; and Public Engagement.|
|8/20/24||NSF Human-Environment and Geographical Sciences Program (HEGS) - Supports basic scientific research about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of the spatial distribution of human activity and/or environmental processes across a range of scales.|
|Aug 2024 (Last: Aug 3, 2023)||NEA Our Town - Supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities.|
|Aug 2024 (Last: Aug 9, 2023)||NEH Public Humanities Projects - Supports projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences through in-person programming.|
|Varies by Program||Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation - Supports work in the social and natural sciences and aligned disciplines to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence in the contemporary world. Notable programs include Distinguished Scholars, Emerging Scholars, and African Fellows Program.|
|Rolling||Andrew W. Mellon Foundation - Aims to strengthen, promote, and defend the contributions of the humanities and arts through four primary programs: Higher Learning; Arts and Culture; Public Knowledge; and Humanities in Place.|
|Rolling||Carnegie Corporation of New York - Supports relevant grants in the areas of Education, Democracy, and International Peace and Security.|
|Rolling||Ford Foundation - Through the Creativity and Free Expression program, supports work that explores how cultural narratives affect and shape our reality, and how the arts, journalism, and film can contribute to fairer and more just societies. Oher notable programs include: Civic Engagement and Government; Future of Work(ers); Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice; International Cooperation and Global Governance; and Technology and Society.|
|Rolling||Henry Luce Foundation - Offers funding through separate programs for American Art, Asia, Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM, Indigenous Knowledge, Public Policy, and Religion and Theology.|
|Rolling||Knight Foundation - Supports informed and engaged communities through these program areas: Journalism, Communities, Arts, and Learning & Impact|
|Rolling||NSF Sociology - Supports basic research on all forms of human social organization -- societies, institutions, groups, and demography -- and processes of individual and institutional change.|