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Grant and Proposal Writing Assistance Available

Collaborative Grant Support

*Note: Please see the Collaborative Support page for additional instruction and direction.

Support and funding is now available for large groups of researchers (5 or more) who would like to submit grants for large collaborative projects (resulting in direct costs of over $1M per year). Collaboration on and off campus, collaboration with industry, collaborations between colleges, etc. are encouraged. Additional funding, up to $50k per project, is available through the Vice President for Research Office for additional expenses such as travel for collaborative proposal development, buying out of courses to enable proposal development, funding for post docs, etc. to assist in the proposal preparation, and similar expenses incurred to prepare the proposal. There are no specific funding deadlines, and funding will be evaluated and provided on a case-by-case basis.

In addition, CRSP Project Managers assist faculty groups of any size with customized, targeted funding searches.

For more information, see the Collaborative Research Support Program or contact Dr. Cynthia Furse, Associate Vice President for Research (801-581-7236).

Writing Center Support

Grant and proposal writing and editing help are now available for faculty. Brought to you by the University Writing Center (UWC), in conjunction with the Writing Program and a grant from the Vice President for Research, a graduate Writing Fellow is now available to help you with the writing, editing, and style issues of grants and proposals. Individual consultations can be scheduled by contacting the Writing Center.

The UWC Writing Fellow will also be available to conduct hour-long workshops on grant writing and topics of general writing interest on-site in the Marriott Library or at other convenient locations. Other consultation times may be arranged by appointment.

There is no charge for this service. Help is on a first-come-first-serve basis, so please plan ahead, especially near common grant deadlines. We strongly encourage faculty who are English language learners to utilize this service for grammatical editing of grants and proposals.

The Writing Fellow will respond in a timely manner, help writers produce more in a shorter time frame, and is trained in the particular discourse practices of the academic community. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Other writing and editing assistance is also available free of charge to students, staff, and graduate students.. See the UWC website: Available Writing Courses through the Writing Program include WRTG 6000, Writing for Publication and WRTG 7060, Scientific Writing. These courses, taught during both fall and spring semesters, can be accessed from the U of U website (Catalog & Class Schedules).

Grants LifeCycle Resource:

The Grants LifeCycle provides step-by-step guidance and resource listing for researchers as they generate their ideas, put together their research teams, find funding, write and submit proposals, manage their projects, and disseminate the results.

Outreach and Diversity Resources

The Outreach and Diversity Resources table contains contact information for University of Utah, State, and Federal programs and partners that specialize in K-12, undergraduate, and community outreach resources. 

Research Administrative Training Series (RATS)

Research Education offers professional development opportunities for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and members of the University research community. The RATS program provides specialized tracks of instruction in the Pre-Award, Post-Award and Clinical Research areas, as well as Research Investigator and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) trainings. Continuing education credits and Certificates of Achievement are also available.

NSF Career Workshop

The College of Engineering sponsors a CAREER Grant Writing Workshop in preparation for the July deadlines. The workshop meets every 2 weeks from May - July to work on grants, review each others' grants, discuss issues related to the CAREER grants, etc. This workshop will be advertised yearly through RATS.

MyRA: My Research Assistant

MyRA provides online assistance finding research resources of all kinds.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, don’t know whom you should contact, or have other research questions, just ‘Ask MyRA’!

An example of some very useful information for faculty who are new to a specific agency is the videos / slides of the recent workshops on how to apply for funding from:

NSF: National Science Foundation
NIH: National Institutes of Health
DOE: Department of Energy (see Programs)
DTRA: Defense Threat Reduction Agency

University of Utah Research Administrator's Network (RAN)

The University of Utah Research Administrator's Network (RAN), formerly the Grant Writer's Network, is made up of on campus professionals (staff) whose job it is to help faculty prepare proposals and administer grants/contracts. The purposes of this group are to share information on grant resources available on and off campus, to identify and participate in the development of additional support as needed, to share ideas and provide general support and guidance for the community of grant writers on campus (both main campus and the medical campus). To be added send an email to each of the tracks you want to be a member of with the subject “PLEASE ADD”:


Last Updated: 11/17/16