University Tools & Resources
As a new investigator, it's important to become familiar with the research landscape at the University. Please review our orientation material for information helpful to new and incoming investigators.Our website is the primary location for information and links related to all aspects of the Grants Life Cycle. Take some time to look through the Grants Life Cycle as well as the Resources section of the OSP website.
In addition to the resources on the right, investigators may find the tools below helpful.
- Ask MyRA is here to answer all of your research questions! If you can't find it, don't know where to look, or need some obscure piece of information, email MyRA@utah.edu. This goes to a Research Concierge librarian at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, and you should receive an answer within a day (except weekends, sorry).
- The Office of Undergraduate Research provides funding, publication and more. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program funds students up to $600/semester for two semesters of research, most departments have research-for-credit programs, and we have a number of publication and presentation options for student researchers as well.
- With Find-A-Researcher you can search by name, keyword, etc. to find collaborators, specialized equipment, etc. This site has been greatly enhanced by linking to the Faculty Activity Reports. To be found within the searches, update your Faculty Profile. Read more in Collaboration.
- Uspace is the University of Utah's open access institutional repository. Uspace collects and archives intellectual articles, papers, research and other scholarly endeavors.
- Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. The University of Utah specific Google Scholar Tutorial walks you through how to use Google Scholar.
- Looking for new equipment on campus? Find equipment that is already on campus but not fully utilized here.
Grant Writing Support
Whether you are new to grant writing or a proposal veteran, we strive to provide support to help you write the best possible proposals. Check out the proposal writing tools here.
Also check out the specific information from the sponsor you are writing the proposal for here. Many organizations have webinars, training, and other materials to help with grant writing.
One of the most important things when writing a grant is to pay careful attention to the call for proposals and any formatting and submission requirements for the sponsoring agency. In addition to doing this yourself, please give OSP sufficient time to review your proposal as well. For most proposals, the OSP deadline is 5 business days before the due date. This way, they can look over your proposal for common submission errors. For larger proposals, involving multiple sites, for instance, or if you want to ensure a more thorough review, more time may be needed. Please discuss this with your OSP Officer well in advance.
Another key way to improve your proposal is to have other colleagues read it and provide recommendations for improvement. Start early!
Managing and Budgeting your Project
The Grants Life Cycle contains detailed guidance for managing and budgeting your project. Information on developing your proposal budget can be found here. Information on managing your budget can be found here.