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1U4U Seed Grant Program- “The Future of Sustainability”
Deadline: 11:59pm (MST) on Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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Award Amount: Up to $50,000

The 1U4U Seed Grant Program is designed to spark innovation through the development and championing of cross-campus and cross-disciplinary research teams. 1U4U empowers collaborative teams to address the most complex and profound challenges of our communities, both near and far. By bridging the gaps between disciplines, departments, colleges, and other organizational divides, we unlock the potential for groundbreaking discoveries that will transcend traditional boundaries and shape a brighter future for all.

For purposes of this RFP, sustainability is achieved whenever the needs of the present can be met without sacrificing the needs of future generations. Sustainability is a foundational goal that cuts across multiple intellectual topic areas (e.g., healthcare, water, energy, wildfire, critical minerals, education, food security) and can be interpreted widely. At the University of Utah, faculty have engaged sustainability across a wide range of domains, including but not limited to environmental, social, communal, health, economic, technical, and legal. All interpretations and definitions of “sustainability” can and will be considered under this funding mechanism.

Application Components:

  • Executive Abstract (500 words)
  • Team Roster
  • Research Proposal (2 pages)
  • Bibliography (1 page)
  • Budget Outline


VP-NSF Cohort Program: 2024 – 2025 Academic Year
Deadline: 11:59pm (MST) on Monday, April 15, 2024
Link to Apply:
Possible Awardees: Up to 20

The VP-NSF Cohort Program (henceforth, “Cohort”) is a university-wide resource that provides up to 20 faculty with NSF-specific mentoring, skill development, and support. Faculty selected to participate in the one-year program will craft an entire NSF proposal with the objective of submitting it the following year (and/or next cycle). The program is designed for both new faculty and those who are new to pursuing NSF funding.

The Cohort program will build a strong foundation for NSF-engaged faculty, providing Cohort members with critical feedback, resources, and grant-writing/development skills specific to NSF criteria and expectations. Cohort is the first in a series of grant writing resources that will be developed by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to target major federal funders including the NEH, NEA, DOD, DOE, etc. Cohort will work to foster a sense of belonging for faculty engaging in federally funded research and encourage consistent and long-term interdisciplinary collaboration.

Faculty who complete the Cohort program will finish with a complete NSF grant proposal that is ready for submission. Other potential benefits to participating faculty include:

  • Specific skills/feedback required to pursue and obtain future NSF funding
  • Increased interdisciplinary connections with peers
  • Enhanced grant-writing skills and confidence
  • Development of faculty mentorship skills