Archived Research Opportunities

Change to NSF Proposal Policies

Date Posted Hyperlink Date
January 6, 2013 Manual January 14, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Please note that NSF has modified the proposal policies; all changes take effect on January 14, 2013. There is a section in the new guide explaining all the major changes. The new guide can be downloaded here.

One major change to note for submissions this January is that the formatting of the Project Summary section will change from a single page to 3 separate text boxes. This format will NOT be available on the Fastlane until JANUARY 14th (according to NSF program officers). If your proposal is due ON or AFTER Jan 14, 2013, program officers are advising PIs to delay submission until January 14th or risk having the proposal rejected for lack of compliance with the new format. Please contact your program officer if you have concerns about these changes.

NASA Research Student Support Opportunity

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
November 19, 2012 RFP (pdf) January 11, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

Research student support proposal opportunity: Graduate students (MS or PhD) at Utah institutions of higher education are eligible to propose who are teaming with industry and/or government agencies to perform research. Priority will be given to student proposals that have a high likelihood of leading to enhancing the research infrastructure of the student's lab and resulting in collaboration with government agencies and/or industry within the State of Utah.

Please review the RFP, linked above, when preparing your proposal. Deadline is January 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

NASA EPSCoR Mini-grant

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
November 19, 2012 RFP (pdf) January 11, 2013, 5:00 p.m.

Minigrant research proposal opportunity: Faculty member PI's below rank of full professor are eligible to apply. The purpose of NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Cooperative Research (EPSCoR) is to help develop core expertise and infrastructure to enable investigators to successfully compete at the national level for resources on research projects and programs in alignment with the missions of the NASA Mission Directorates.

Please review the RFP, linked above, when preparing your proposal. Deadline is January 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

DTRA Basic Research Amendments

Date Posted Hyperlink Date
November 29, 2012 Webinar Site December 6, 2012, 2:00 p.m.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is the U.S. Department of Defense's official Combat Support Agency for countering weapons of mass destruction (WMD). They address the entire spectrum of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive threats.

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) plans to post two (2)
solicitation amendments for Basic Research proposals on or about Monday, 3 December 2012. Amendment 2 of the Basic Research Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) will be posted on and; and Amendment 2 of the Basic Research Service Call will be posted to the DTRA Basic and Fundamental Research Community Portal at and the DTRA submission site at

DTRA will host a webinar on 6 December 2012 from 2:00-4:00PM EST to address the Basic Research Broad Agency Announcement and Service Call amendments.

  • Topics Covered and What Webinar Attendees Can Expect to Gain from Participation:
    • Introduction into DTRA mission and its Research and Development goals and objectives
    • Review of the BAA and Service Call eligibility, timelines, award types and sizes
    • Review by the portfolio manager of each Basic Research topic advertised in the BAA/Service Call
    • Question and Answer session on specific research topics and overall BAA/Service Call eligibility, timelines, award structure.
This webinar is free, but registration is required.

Please review the RFP, linked above, when preparing your proposal. Deadline is January 11, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time).

Webinar: NIH e-Submissions for International Applicants (9/27)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
September 26, 2012 Registration Page September 27, 2012

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2012 – Live Broadcast
Time: 8:00am-10:00am Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Registration Required!

Note: This webinar will be captioned and recorded. The NIH will post the transcript, PowerPoint, and recording on the Foreign Grants website within 4 business days of the event.

Who should participate? This webinar is designed for investigators and administrators from foreign institutions who are responsible for developing and submitting grant applications. Space is limited! The webinar is limited to 1000 log-ins. Interested attendees should register as soon as possible.
To maximize participation and improve communication within our grantee institutions, NIH strongly encourages institutions to promote classroom style viewing whereby groups of viewers at one institution get together in one room to participate. Group viewing is a great way to discuss institutional processes that support the grant submission process within your institution!

Additional Resources: It will be helpful to attendees to have familiarized yourself with the NIH's Applying Electronically web page, as well as the eSubmission page for foreign grantees.

Webinar Logistics: Reserve your webinar seat at
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a unique log-in number and additional information about joining the webinar.
The GoToWebinar Audio Checklist provides tips for using your computer's microphone and speakers

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Mobile attendees: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet
Internet Connection Type: At this time, the software does not support dial-up connections. However, the conference call line provided during registration will allow attendees to listen "live" to the webinar.
Reminder: Captioning will be provided during the webinar in English. The PowerPoint, transcript and recording of the webinar will be posted no later than Wed., Oct. 3, 2012 on the Foreign Grants website.

Writing a Successful NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Proposal (8/31)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
August 30, 2012 Seminar Flyer August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Room 210 ASB

Dr. Richard Inouye, a Program Director within NSF's Division of Environmental Biology, will give an informal presentation on preparing a competitive DDIG proposal. The short presentation will allow time for questions. This represents a unique opportunity to learn how proposals are reviewed and ask for advice about proposal organization, incorporating preliminary data, common shortcomings, and DDIG resubmissions.

Tip 1: Begin writing your DDIG proposal early. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) proposals are due November 9, 2012.

DDIGs (up to $13,000 in Direct Costs for periods of up to 24 months) support proposals whose focus falls within the scope of any cluster in the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB). In the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems only proposals within the scientific area of animal behavior supported by the Behavioral Systems Cluster are eligible. These grants provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of research. Allowed are costs for doctoral candidates to participate in scientific meetings, to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings, and to expand an existing body of dissertation research. A student must have advanced to candidacy for a Ph.D. degree before the submission deadline to be eligible to submit a proposal. The student must be enrolled at a U.S. institution, but need not be a U.S. citizen.

Tom Kursar (host),
Erin Spear (host),

U of U Annual Grant Writing Workshop Series (5/7)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
April 15, 2012 See Description Sign up ASAP

Please click on the blue links below to sign up for these workshops:


'Education and outreach opportunities'

May 7
INSCC Auditorium

Find out more about education and outreach opportunities on campus. Many grants require broader impacts, educational impact, etc. We have numerous programs on campus that provide excellent framework already in place to help you with these activities. Liz Johnsen, a member of our Collaborative Research Support (CRSP) team, will give a survey of these programs, answer questions and discuss opportunities for K-12, community, and college engagement. Links to this material will be included on the grant writing page of

'An Overview of NSF Programs and Opportunities'

May 7
INSCC Auditorium

Dr. Richard Inouye, NSF Biology Directorate, will give an overview of NSF programs (all directorates) and funding opportunities. NSF has a number of exciting new programs and support for researchers. Links to this material will be included on the funding page (NSF) of

NSF Career Workshop

This year's NSF Career workshop will be held biweekly from May 7 – July 9. This workshop is intended for early career faculty writing an NSF Career proposal, however it is open to all faculty writing any type of NSF grant.

Kickoff -- 'What is a CAREER grant and how to do it right!'

May 7
INSCC Auditorium
Dr. Richard Inouye, NSF Biology Directorate

Lunch with Recent Career Awardees & Mentors

May 7
Choose a faculty member who might be willing to help give you advice on your grant, and invite them to lunch! (sign both of you up, so we have a count for lunch)

NSF Career Workshop

May 21-July 9 — see attached schedule
Please sign up for these biweekly sessions where we will learn about, write, and discuss our grants.

Please sign up for these free workshops at the links above.
Please click and sign up for EACH activity individually so we have proper counts for seating, lunch, etc.Thank you!

Grant Writing Crash Course (6/8-6/10)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
April 11, 2012 Research Ed. at the U ASAP

The Spring 2012 "Grant Writing Crash Course (GWCC): Faculty Partnering with Faculty to Develop Successful Proposals" is scheduled for Friday, June 8th - Sunday, June 10th at The Lodges at Deer Valley. Experienced University of Utah faculty will provide individualized instruction in the mechanics of effective grant proposal writing, how to sell your idea to a sponsoring agency, how to develop specific aims and justifications, and the political and social aspects of "grantsmanship". Participants will work on their grant proposals at the GWCC, receiving real-time feedback to strengthen their proposals and enhance their likelihood of funding. Attendance is highly limited to assure one-on-one grant writer-mentor interaction. Registration fees include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend).

In order to meet our stated objective of providing a high faculty to trainee (PI) ratio, the number of spaces available for attendees is limited to 15. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for the event, a participant must forward:

  1. A Campus Order in the amount of $1,195.00 to Research Education (chartfield #01-00219-2500-19528-62300-1-2011). The registration fee is often paid by the department, so we encourage you to talk with your chair about possible funding sources.
  2. A one-page document with complete information about you and your proposal including:
    1. Your Name (PI) and Department
    2. Tentative Title of the grant proposal you will be submitting
    3. Agency or Agencies you will be submitting to, and
    4. Tentative Submission Date of your proposal.
E-mail all materials to Tony Onofretti, Director of Research Education.

CREATIV Program (NSF) (6/1)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
February 2nd, 2012 NSF - CREATIV June 1st, 2012

A new program called “CREATIV” <> calls for high-interdisciplinary, transformative research with budgets of up to $1 million dollars. The submission process is unusual in that it is a 3-page proposal with an ultra quick turn-around time (within weeks). This opportunity ends June 1, 2012 but rumor has it the money will be gone long before then.

Marriott Library Article Processing Funding (3/30)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
March 26th, 2012 Application March 30th, 2012

The J. Willard Marriott Library is pleased to make funds available, on a limited basis, to offset open access article processing fees where outside funding is not otherwise available. Proposals from faculty, staff, and students on main campus (excluding law) will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Monday, March 19, 2012 and ending Friday, March 30, 2012. The purpose of the Open Access Publishing fund is to foster seamless access to U of U- authored journal articles and to help re-envision traditional scholarly journal publishing. Questions? Contact Allyson Mower, Scholarly Communications & Copyright Librarian,, 801-585-5458

Ellison Medical Fdtn. - New Scholars in Aging (3/1)

Date Posted Hyperlink Deadline
February 15th, 2012 Application March 1st, 2012

These awards are intended for investigators who are in the first three (3) years of their research careers following their post-doctoral fellowship experience. For the 2012 competition, nominees must hold regular full time appointments (tenure or non-tenure) on the faculty of the sponsoring institution by March 1, 2012; and they must have been in such an appointment, whether at the sponsoring institution or other institution(s), for no more than three years as of July 15, 2012, i.e. the first appointment having been made no earlier than July 15, 2009. Time spent in clinical internships, post-doctoral training, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the three-year limit. The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars may hold one other career development award from a private source concurrently for no more than one year.

Please contact Cheri Daily immediately if you have faculty who are interested in/qualified for this award.