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USU Faculty Seed Grants

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Seed Grants are internal grants that provide support for faculty to “grow” their potential to obtain external funding. The USU Office of Research provides competitive Seed Grant opportunities in both the Fall and Spring semesters of each academic year. The types of grants available, detailed proposal instructions, and required documents can be found at the USU Office of Research website. CEHS proposal development services, procedures, and internal deadlines are provided below. 

SEED Grant Eligibility Policy

Faculty must complete the University’s 1-day grant writing workshop, now called Planning and Writing Successful Proposals, to be eligible for the seed grant awards.  The workshop is offered to faculty once a year, in the fall. This year’s workshop will occur on October 25, 2019. 

Regarding the upcoming October, 2019 Seed Grant deadline:

  • If you apply for a Seed Grant in October 2019 but have not yet attended the 1-day workshop, you must agree to attend the workshop on October 25, 2019. If this does not occur, your application will be removed from consideration for funding in this round. However, you may submit in April 2020 with the condition that you attend the workshop in Fall 2020.

The Office of Research Services has a list of all CEHS faculty who have participated in the 1-day grant writing workshop to-date so, if you want to confirm your status, please contact Janet Roberts at

CEHS Internal Process

In an effort to help CEHS faculty prepare competitive seed grant proposals, the Office of Research Services provides some opportunities for discussion of ideas and feedback, as well as direct assistance in preparation of the proposal, in the months before the CEHS internal deadline. Several important dates and explanation of CEHS procedures related to the Fall 2019 Seed Grant submissions are provided below.

SEED Grant Proposal Assistance Request

By Friday, September 6

If you are considering submitting a Seed Grant proposal in October, 2019 and would like to receive assistance and review, please complete the brief Seed Grant Proposal Assistance Request NO LATER THAN Friday, September 6 and we will work out plans accordingly. The number of people interested will determine how this process is structured so, even if you are not sure, please get yourself on our radar!

By Monday, September 23

Regardless of whether you would like assistance/review, if you are planning to submit a proposal, please email by Monday, September 23 so that we can be prepared for the number of applications we’ll need to compile for submission to the USU Office of Research.

By Thursday, October 10 at 5:00 pm

The College internal deadline for proposals is Thursday, October 10 at 5 pm. We must have your full application package in electronic form by that time. 

  • All application materials except the budget must be compiled in a single pdf. The budget template will be submitted as an excel file
    • You must obtain all signatures, except the CEHS Dean’s, on the cover sheet before submitting to us. This includes all key personnel, department head(s), dean(s) of collaborating colleges, and center director(s), as appropriate. We (Office of Research Services) will enter the CEHS Dean’s signature before submitting to the VP for Research.

Please email your proposal to both and by the October 10 internal deadline.

If you have questions about the various types of Seed grants or the USU process that cannot be answered by the USU Office of Research, please feel free to call or email or 435-797-0904.

SEED Grant Review Process

Proposals are submitted to each College Dean’s Office (in the case of CEHS, the Associate Dean for Research) by an internal College deadline and are then forwarded to the USU Office of Research by the stated university deadline. The USU deadlines are April 15 and October 15 of each year (or the first business day after those dates). Each college establishes its internal deadline to allow for necessary processing prior to those dates.

Proposals from the entire University are reviewed by a Review Panel consisting of representatives from each College and funding decisions are made by the Panel.