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OSP Orientation for Investigators

We welcome the opportunity to assist new faculty in your efforts to obtain external funding. We hope our website is supportive in developing your research program and we recognize it's not a substitute for a proper introduction.  Ultimately, a thoughtful and mutual understanding of each others roles and responsibilities and our responsiveness to your goals will result in mutually beneficial relationships and success in obtaining research funding.

We encourage you to communicate early and contact your Sponsored Projects Officer to schedule a face-to-face meeting for an overview of OSP services, processes and procedures.

Some of the services that new and incoming investigators may find particularly helpful are outlined below.

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of programs designed for new investigators, including the NIH New Investigators initiative. We have details on selected funding opportunities that are especially relevant to new faculty and researchers.

You can also search for relevant funding opportunities directly through Pivot or you can request assistance with your search from your Sponsored Projects Officer.

If you are an experienced investigator but are new to the University of Utah, you may need assistance with Grant Transfers.

As discussed in Electronic Submission & Registration, if you have an existing NSF ID, you'll want to log-in to your profile and update your institution. If you have an exiting NIH eRA Commons account, please contact your Sponsored Projects Officer and request that your account be affiliated with the University of Utah. If you are a new investigator and have neither, you will need to request accounts through your Sponsored Projects Officer.

We offer research related education and training on proposal preparation, processing and review as well as topics of current interest. The Grants Life Cycle provides an overview of the entire research proposal submission and administration process. You can also read about investigator eligibility. Our Develop Your Proposal section provides information, tools and templates designed to increase your chances of obtaining funding.

Whether you're a new investigator or new to the University, you'll want to become familiar with proposal submission processes, including e-Proposal and the Document Summary Sheet (DSS). You will also want to request a profile in order to access Cayuse424.

If you have questions or need additional information while becoming familiar with the University's research landscape, please contact your Sponsored Projects Officer.

Last Updated: 5/11/21