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New Faculty Success in Scholarship Grant


Through an annual competition, Academic and Instructional Services and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost support a New Faculty Success in Scholarship Grant (NFSSG) designed to encourage scholarship and creative activities for Regional Campus early career tenure-track faculty. Proposals from tenure-track faculty will include details of working with a mentor to help them establish a scholarly program to advance their academic and professional career. This internal grant program will support scholarship advancement projects that will improve competitiveness for external funding and/or result in scholarly publications and conference presentations appropriate to the applicant’s role assignments.

New faculty may apply during the first 18 months of their hire date for up to $10,000 to implement a project that engages at least one faculty mentor over the one-year grant period. Proposed projects should represent a scholarship opportunity that may not otherwise be possible without this funding.

The AIS NFSSG will support:

  • Activities essential to scholarship advancement in fields where external funding is limited
  • Pilot studies to obtain preliminary data to enhance competitiveness of external grant applications
  • Travel to present at a professional meeting
  • Student assistance such as an internship or undergraduate research project

The AIS NFSSG will NOT support:

  • Summer salary of either the applicant or mentor
  • Projects to support graduate students pursuing their own research


AIS NFSSG awards are up to $10,000. Awards will be announced in the spring semester. The one-year grant period is July 1 through June 30 with a possible carry-forward of funds for one additional year.


Regional Campus tenure-track faculty members are encouraged to apply for these funds within 18 months of their hire date. Applicants must commit to work with a mentor for the grant period and have sufficient time to devote to the proposed project. Early career faculty with significant amounts of research funding or start-up funds will be less competitive for this grant.


Proposals for 2018-2019 grant funding, including the required letters of commitment and support, must be received by 5 p.m. on June 15, 2018. Late or incomplete proposals will be returned without consideration.

Proposal Sections and Format

  1. Cover Sheet (1 page) - See template.
  2. Project Narrative (up to 5 pages) - The project narrative should be concise but thorough and must not exceed five, single-spaced pages with one inch margins in a 12 point Times or 11 point Arial font. The project narrative should include the following sections and information:
    1. Project Description
      • Project overview
      • Explanation of need: include an explanation of how the proposed project will advance your scholarship, and a plan for publication/dissemination of results. If applicable, identify external funding sources or opportunities for which pilot data will be used. Include an explanation of how the proposed project will advance the mission of your academic department and AIS.
    2. Goals and Objectives
      • Overarching goal(s)
      • Specific objectives: include measurements for accomplishment of each objective.
    3. Approach
      • Description of activities
      • Timeline: include the proposed date of completion for each objective.
    4. Experience and Qualifications
      • Applicant and mentor roles

Since review committee members will represent a variety of disciplines, applicants should write the project narrative in a style that is easily understandable to reviewers who are not experts in the field.

  1. Budget and Budget Justification (up to 3 pages)

The budget must be reasonable, and costs should be commensurate with proposed activities. Examples of allowable expenses include student assistance, data collection and travel to professional meetings to present project outcomes. Funds may be used for partial support of undergraduate or graduate students but are not sufficient to be used as a research assistantship. Because these are internal funds, no facilities and administration fees will be assessed. As stated above, summer salary for the applicant and/or mentor is not allowed. Funds will be distributed to faculty at the beginning of the grant period (i.e. July).

NOTE: Costs of entertainment, including amusement, diversion, and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs (such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities) are unallowable. Purchase of alcoholic beverages is never allowed.

  1. Curriculum Vitae of Applicant and Mentor
  2. Letter of Commitment - Applicants must provide a letter of commitment from the proposed mentor.
  3. Letter of Support - Applicants must provide a letter of support from their academic department head.

Submission Procedure

Applicants may submit only one proposal per annual competition, and no more than one grant per faculty member will be funded. Since this is an internal grant program the proposal will not need to be reviewed by your sponsored program administrator in the USU Office of Sponsored Programs.

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Review Criteria and Procedure

Proposals are reviewed by a committee under the direction of the Vice President of AIS. In order to provide the review committee with additional information on which to base a funding decision, department heads may be invited to provide comments on the credentials of the applicant and the importance of the proposed project to the applicant’s scholarship program.

 The committee uses the following criteria to evaluate proposals:

  • Is the project well designed and justified?
  • Does the proposal incorporate measurable outcomes and a realistic timeline for completion of project activities?
  • Does the proposed project contribute to the faculty member’s long-term scholarship program?
  • Is the budget reasonable and tied to project goals?
  • Does the proposal outline specific mentoring activities?
  • Does the proposed mentor have the necessary experience and expertise?
  • Does the PI’s department support the proposed project (i.e. letter of support)?

Required Training

RFAST training must be completed before the award is given.

Post-award Requirements

Awards are administered by the Academic and Instructional Services Business Office, and final budgets are subject to approval of an AIS business officer. Post-award requirements are as follows:

  • A final report (limited to two pages) that summarizes results and identifies achieved outcomes is due 90 days after grant completion.
  • Support from this program should be acknowledged in all publications resulting from the funded project (“supported in part by an AIS New Faculty Success in Scholarship Grant”).
  • AIS should be notified if support through this program leads to funding or publications.
  • Funding recipients may be asked to participate in an evaluation activity to improve the program.

Contact Information

If you have any questions concerning these procedures or need assistance, please contact Dr. Rich Etchberger,, or call (435) 797-4106.

New Faculty Success in Scholarship Grant
Utah State University
5100 Old Main Hill
Logan Ut, 84322-5100

-Updated 5/2017-