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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 Office of Research Grants and Funding website. CEHS proposal development services, procedures, and internal deadlines appear below. 

Office of Research Grants and Funding

NOTE: THE SPRING 2020 SEED GRANT DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 15, 2020

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 was held in October.  If you attended that workshop or the Write Winning Grant Proposals workshop in a previous year, you have fulfilled this requirement. 

Regarding the upcoming May, 2020 Seed Grant deadline:

  • If you apply in May 2020 and are awarded but have not attended, you must agree to attend the 1-day grant-writing workshop in Fall 2020.  If this does not occur, you will be ineligible for seed grant funding until you have attended the workshop.

The CEHS 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 Amanda Crosby at amanda.crosby@usu.edu  

 
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 Spring 2020 Seed Grant submissions are provided below.

SEED Grant Proposal Assistance Request

BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14

If you are considering submitting a Seed Grant proposal in April, 2020 and would like to receive assistance and review, please complete the brief Seed Grant Proposal Assistance Request NO LATER THAN Friday, February 14, 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, MARCH 23

Regardless of whether you would like assistance/review, if you are planning to submit a proposal, please email nancy.sassano@usu.edu by Monday, March 23, so that we can be prepared for the number of applications we’ll need to compile for submission to RGS.

BY FRIDAY, MAY 11 at 5:00 p.m.

The College internal deadline for proposals is Monday, May 11, at 5 p.m.  We must have your full, signed, 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 key personnel from other colleges, and center director(s), as appropriate.  We (Office of Research Services) will enter the CEHS Dean’s signature before submitting to RGS.

Please email your proposal to both nancy.sassano@usu.edu and amanda.crosby@usu.edu by the May 11 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 (VPR) website, please feel free to call or email nancy.sassano@usu.edu 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 USU deadline.  The normal 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.