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Program Purpose

The Faculty Small Grant Program (FSGP) seeks to support small grants of $6,000 to $10,000 in budget. 

Starting in Spring 2022, the FSGP will have two application tracks: 

  • Track 1: Small grants to facilitate scholarly publications and creative research 
    Faculty awarded under Track 1 will receive up to $6,000 to support scholarly publications and creative research. 
  • Track 2: Small grants for pilot projects and external funding proposal submission
    Faculty awarded under Track 2 will receive up to $15,000 to support pilot projects and/or external funding proposal submissions. 

Eligibility Requirements

Faculty members who hold at least a .50 FTE appointment are eligible to apply.

Length of Grant

The grant activity will close one year after the award date. Funds remaining after the grant expiration date will be returned to the URC. A single, one-year no-cost extension will only be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Important Deadlines

  • Fall 2021 Cycle Deadline: 11:59pm (MST) on October 1, 2021
  • Spring 2022 Cycle Deadline: 11:59pm (MST) on April 1, 2022

Application Requirements

  1. Executive Abstract (up to 1.0 page max): Abstract should include project goals or research questions, plan of action or research methods, planned outcomes, and plan for dissemination. Abstract should also include up to 10 keywords that help identify the key objectives, disciplines, research types, and associated departments of the FSGP proposal. Example: DEI, global, air quality, interview research, and junior faculty.
  2. Letters of Support (2 letter maximum): Letters of support can come from a colleague in the applicant’s department OR from an external source. Minimum of 1 letter required. If uploading more than 1 letter, please upload as COMBINED PDF document.
  3. Proposal Narrative (up to 3 pages max): The proposal narrative must be limited to three single-spaced pages with a font size of 12 points. A one-page bibliography may also be submitted. Those with more than 3 pages will be returned to the applicant without committee review.
    • For ALL proposals: All proposal narratives must include: 
      • A clear description of the project with strong objectives, specific research questions/creative objectives, justification for the project, a detailed, concise description of methodology and procedure, and verification that the proposed project will not duplicate research already undertaken by other researchers.
      • A clear description of how the proposal addresses a clear funding need i.e., identify areas of research that have limited funding options, identify components of project that are challenging to fund (and why), identify why the FSGP program is an ideal mechanism for accomplishing a specific goal as part of a larger research effort, etc.
    • For Track 2 Proposals: Track 2 proposals must include a plan for identifying and applying to external funding as result of the FSGP award. This plan should include all targeted funding opportunities (with sponsor name, program title, and link to program solicitation.) 
  4. Budget Outline: Please use the FSGP Budget Guidelines and Restrictions as well as the FSGP Budget Template when completing this section. Budgets should be well-justified, accurate, and reflect the full scope of the proposed work. In general, budgets should not exceed the award amount for each FSGP Track. In exceptional circumstances the committee may elect to support an outstanding proposal at a higher level of funding. If additional funding is needed, substantial justification is required.
  5. Abbreviated CV OR Biographical Sketch: Please provide the abbreviated CV or biographical sketch of each investigator listed on the project. Bio sketches are not required for associated parties who will not be considered PI or Co-PI on the project.  
  6. Health, Safety, and Compliance Documentation: The applicant must submit evidence that the proposal has been submitted to the required health, safety, and compliance officials, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for research on human subjects, and IACUC approval for research involving comparative medicine.
    Note: The URC will not release funds for an awarded project if not approved by the relevant health, safety, and compliance officials. Documentation of relevant IRB and/or IACUC application submissions must be provided with grant application for the application to be considered.
  7. Resubmission Statement (if applicable): All RESUBMISSIONS must include a point-by-point response to all previous reviewer comments, explicitly stating how the new proposal has addressed or clarified those comments and concerns. New proposals are not required to complete this step.
  8. Appendices & Attachments (up to 2 pages max – optional): Examples of relevant attachments include applicant’s relevant publications (include first page of publication or link to publication), descriptions of how the project will be disseminated to the public, etc. Appendices & Attachments should be kept to a minimum.

Final Report Information

The recipient of any University Research Committee (URC) grant mechanism (FSGP, FFA, or CBR awards) is required to submit a Final Report within 90 days of the project’s expiration date, as outlined in the original award letter. The URC will not consider new applications from an investigator until a final report is received for ALL previous URC grants awarded to that investigator.

The recipient of any URC award is required to acknowledge the URC grant in any published results, catalogs, videos or other products using the following URC Acknowledgment Statement: “This project was supported by the University Research Committee (URC) at the University of Utah. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the official views of the URC, the Vice President for Research Office, or the University of Utah.”

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All applications must be submitted using the InfoReady system. 

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Last Updated: 1/19/22