In February 2007, the vice president for research assembled a committee with broad-based representation and charged it to identify opportunities and best practices for growing sponsored research at Utah State University. The efforts of this committee were compiled into the Strategic Plan for Growing Sponsored Research. One of the key recommendations to emerge from this report was that existing seed grants should be restructured toward more targeted programs with specific missions, goals and expected outcomes. To satisfy this recommendation, the research office announced the availability of three new seed grant programs, GEM, RC and SPARC, effective July 1, 2008.

NOTE: Effective FY16, applicants must complete the one-day faculty grant writing seminar to be eligible for a seed grant award.

RGS Seed Funding Programs

Program Eligibility Funding Dates Outcome
Grant-Writing Experience Through Mentorship (GEM) Tenure-eligible assistant professors, research assistant professors, or research professionals with less than 4 years in rank

Completion of the one-day faculty grant writing seminar

1 year

$10,000 max

April 15

October 15

Check with college to determine internal review due dates

Develop and submit an external grant proposal within 3 months of GEM award end date.

Resubmission required if proposal is not funded.

Research Catalyst (RC) All tenured or tenure-eligible faculty, research faculty, or other USU research professionals

Completion of the one-day faculty grant writing seminar

1 year

$20,000 max

April 15

October 15

Check with college to determine internal review due dates

Develop and submit an external grant proposal within 3 months of RC award end date.

Resubmission required if proposal is not funded.

Seed Program To Advance Research Collaboration (SPARC) Same as RC, but must also engage faculty from more than 1 department, research center, college, or institution.

Completion of the one-day faculty grant writing seminar

1 year

$35,000 max

April 15

October 15

Check with college to determine internal review due dates

Develop and submit an interdisciplinary external grant proposal seeking >$1M within 3 months of SPARC award end date.

Resubmission required if proposal is not funded.