The Proposal Writing Institute (PWI) is the annual, intensive training workshop offered each Spring by the Research Development division that is designed to assist researchers in learning the tools and techniques to develop high-quality proposals. The PWI features a small-group setting, allowing for individualized attention, and participants actively work on a proposal during the workshop sessions that they will ultimately submit to an external funding agency at the conclusion of the Institute.

Applications Available December
Completed to Dean’s Offices Varies by College
College finalists forwarded to Research Development Mid-February
Applications notifications sent Early March
PWI Sessions May – early June
Completion of all PWI requirements Within 1 Year
A comprehensive approach to the proposal development process will be achieved during the Institute through presentations, discussions, and small-group activities. Some of the Institute topics include: finding funding; developing a proposal outline from the RFA/RFP and agency guidelines; creating timelines for proposal development; analyzing aims/objectives; building budgets based on project tasks; mock review panel(s); and understanding the proposal submission/resubmission process.
USU researchers eager to learn how to write better proposals for external funding of their research are invited to apply. New researchers are especially encouraged but applications are also welcomed from established faculty who may be less experienced in developing proposals for external funding consideration or simply want to improve their efforts. Priority is given to faculty who are in tenure-track positions.
Participants will be provided $2,500 for their successful completion of the Institute. Full attendance of all Institute sessions, completion of proposal-related assignments, and constructive participation in small-group activities is required to receive the first half of the payment ($1,250), which will be processed at the end of the Institute session. The remaining $1,250 will be paid to participants when a copy of the final proposal, a peer review of the proposal, and proof of submission is provided to Research Development (must be within 1 year of Institute).
Acceptance to participate in the Institute is a competitive process requiring the submission of an application and support of the faculty member’s department head/dean/center director. Approximately 12 participants are accepted for each annual Institute. The Dean’s Offices collect applications from faculty and rank their top three applicants, which are then forwarded to the Research Development division for final selection. The top candidate from each college is automatically admitted to the Institute, with the unoccupied Institute spots filled based upon the strength of the remaining applications.

The application period for the 2018 Proposal Writing Institute will open in early December 2017.

PWI Alumni

Curious about what the PWI is like? Contact a previous participant to find out what you will learn and do.

Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Lindsey Shirley Applied Sciences, Technology & Education 2010 No longer at USU
Jong-Su Eun Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2009
Clay Isom Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2010
Zonda Wang Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2012
Heloisa Rutigliano Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2013
Jeff Mason Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2014
Aaron Thomas Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2015
Kara Thornton-Kurth Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2016
Matthew Garcia Animal, Dairy & Veterinary Sciences 2017
Bo Yang Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning 2011
Ben George Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning 2016
Korry Kintze Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences 2009
Marie Walsh Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences 2012
Carrie Durward Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences 2015
Clara Cho Nutrition, Dietetics & Food Sciences 2017
Andrew Kulmatiski Plant, Soils & Climate 2013
Yoshimitsu Chikamoto Plant, Soils & Climate 2017
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
David Wall Art & Design 2017
Raymond Veon Dean’s Office 2014
Matt Omasta Theatre Arts 2011
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Benjamin Blau Economics & Finance 2011
Tyler Brough Economics & Finance 2011
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Julie Wolter Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education 2010 No longer at USU
Lisa Milman Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education 2012
Stephanie Borrie Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education 2015
Debbie Golos Schmitz Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education 2013 No longer at USU
Brittan Barker Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education 2016
Sarah Leopold Communicative Disorders & Deaf Education 2017
Ryan Seedall Family, Consumer & Human Development 2014
Travis Dorsch Family, Consumer & Human Development 2015
Brett Shelton Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences 2009 No longer at USU
Anne Diekema Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences 2011 No longer at USU
Yanghee Kim Instructional Technology & Learning Sciences 2013
Breanna Studenka Kinesiology & Health Science (formerly Health, Physical Education & Recreation 2015
Lori Anderson Kinesiology & Health Science (formerly Health, Physical Education & Recreation 2016 No longer at USU
David Bolton Kinesiology & Health Science (formerly Health, Physical Education & Recreation 2017
Kerry Jordan Psychology 2009
Rick Cruz Psychology 2017
Sarah Bloom Special Education & Rehabilitation 2010 No longer at USU
Scott Ross Special Education & Rehabilitation 2011 No longer at USU
Kathleen Oertle Special Education & Rehabilitation 2015
Dicky Ng Teacher Education & Leadership 2010 No longer at USU
Amy Wilson-Lopez Teacher Education & Leadership 2015
Ryan Knowles Teacher Education & Leadership 2016
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Soonjo Kwon Biological Engineering 2009 No longer at USU
Jixun Zhan Biological Engineering 2010
Charles Miller Biological Engineering 2011
Yue Cui Biological Engineering 2013 No longer at USU
Elizabeth Vargis Biological Engineering 2015
Yu Huang Biological Engineering 2017
John Rice Civil & Environmental Engineering 2011
David Rosenberg Civil & Environmental Engineering 2011
Bethany Neilson Civil & Environmental Engineering 2012
Kevin Heaslip Civil & Environmental Engineering 2012 No longer at USU
Marc Maguire Civil & Environmental Engineering 2014
Ardeshir Ebtehaj Civil & Environmental Engineering 2016 No longer at USU
Alfonso Torres-Rua Civil & Environmental Engineering 2017
Haitao Wang Computer Science 2013
Kumin Lee Computer Science 2014 No longer at USU
Young Woo Kwon Computer Science 2015 No longer at USU
Tung Nguyen Computer Science 2017
Koushik Chakraborty Electrical & Computer Engineering 2012
Tam Chantem Electrical & Computer Engineering 2013 No longer at USU
Ryan Gerdes Electrical & Computer Engineering 2013 No longer at USU
Rajnikant Sharma Electrical & Computer Engineering 2015 No longer at USU
Oenardi Lawanto Engineering Education 2010
Wade Goodridge Engineering Education 2014
Dhirendra Kubair Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2010 No longer at USU
Ling Liu Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2014
Nicholas Roberts Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2015
Kohei Fujimoto Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016 No longer at USU
Ryan Berke Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering 2016
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
David Francis 4-H 2015
Zuri Garcia 4-H 2016
Jaqueline Neid-Avila 4-H 2017
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Lisa Gabbert English 2010
Shane Graham English 2010
Kristina Scharp Languages, Philosophy & Communication Studies 2016
Damon Cann Political Science 2009
Kai He Political Science 2012 No longer at USU
Amy Kate Bailey Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology 2011 No longer at USU
Christopher Morgan Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology 2011 No longer at USU
Maggie Zraly Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology 2012 No longer at USU
Peg Petrzelka Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology 2013
Bonnie Glass-Coffin Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology 2014
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Ann Laudati Environment & Society 2009 No longer at USU
Zhao Ma Environment & Society 2012 No longer at USU
Jordan Smith Environment & Society 2017
Jiming Jin Watershed Sciences 2009
Karin Kettenring Watershed Sciences 2009
Patrick Belmont Watershed Sciences 2011
Janice Brahney Watershed Sciences 2017
Juan Villalba Wildland Resources 2011
Julie Young Wildland Resources 2016
Name Department Cohort Year Notes
Zach Gompert Biology 2016
Sean Johnson Chemistry & Biochemistry 2009
Joanie Hevel Chemistry & Biochemistry 2012
Tom Chang Chemistry & Biochemistry 2012
Edwin Antony Chemistry & Biochemistry 2013 No longer at USU
Leo Chen Chemistry & Biochemistry 2014 No longer at USU
Yujie Sun Chemistry & Biochemistry 2014
Nicholas Dickenson Chemistry & Biochemistry 2015
Leo Liu Chemistry & Biochemistry 2017
Tammy Rittenour Geology 2010
Carol Dehler Geology 2011
Dennis Newell Geology 2013
Kelly Bradbury Geology 2017
John Stevens Mathematics & Statistics 2009
Chris Corcoran Mathematics & Statistics 2010
Nghiem Nguyen Mathematics & Statistics 2012
Guifang Fu Mathematics & Statistics 2013
Andreas Malmendier Mathematics & Statistics 2017
Shane Larsen Physics 2009 No longer at USU