ASU offers services and support to researchers throughout the entire research life-cycle, from locating funding opportunities to commercializing new technologies. Keep this as a step-by-step guide to all the resources available to you.
- Get started
- These two resources are your starting points for a successful research career at ASU.
Research Advancement staff assigned to your unit are available to support your research endeavors and assist when you have questions. RAs provide support in a number of areas, including:
- identification and review of funding opportunities
- proposal development, including completion of all required forms, budgeting, and routing of the completed proposal for all required signature approvals
- serving as the liaison between you and the Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA) including transmission of completed proposals for review and submission to sponsor
- transfer of existing sponsored projects to ASU
Research Academy links you to the resources, tools and teams you need at the moment you need them. Use this site to find a library of online topics on grant writing and professional development events that will assist you at any stage of your research career. Start with reviewing the How to Get Research Funding topics where you can find practical instructions, templates, examples, and links to teams that assist with:
- researching potential sponsors
- searching for funding opportunities
- determining the right funding opportunity for you
- finding expertise at ASU
- preparing to talk with program officers
- writing key sections of your proposal
- Identify opportunities
- Assisting with funding opportunity searches, locating potential collaborators, and networking with successful researchers and proposal writers.
Pivot your next funding opportunity. Pivot is a powerful global funding opportunities and scholars database that allows users to receive results in a variety of ways. All ASU faculty, staff, and students can access Pivot. When first setting up a Pivot account, it is best to log in from an ASU computer, as Pivot will recognize that you are an ASU user. Faculty and staff that are interested in learning more about this tool can contact their unit Research Advancement Staff.
Research Development works with ASU research faculty, staff and leaders to improve their funding success and grow the research enterprise. Though we only have capacity to support proposals of strategic importance or ones that meet the annual budget threshold of more than $1 million, we are happy to offer advice for any proposal and answer questions about any opportunity. The Research Development team helps faculty:
- identify limited submission funding
- participate in a transparent review process/li>
- identify and apply to internal seed funding opportunities at ASU
- gain strategic insight by using competitive intelligence tools and techniques
- discover and connect with colleagues and ASU resources through research-focused events
- develop a compelling story through proposal management and graphic design
Experts.ASU is a way to connect with colleagues, build collaborations, and share scholarly works and research interests. All tenured and tenure-track faculty at ASU are automatically part of the profiled catalogue and can easily be accessible via the public-facing experts.asu site. ASU experts are updated each semester to account for personnel changes and have customizable profiles which can be edited to contain a large variety of scholarly works, patents, exhibitions, compositions, data sets, and more.
The College Research & Evaluation Services Team (CREST) provides evaluation support across multiple disciplines and partnering organizations at the local, state, and national level. A personalized and flexible technique is utilized to meet program evaluation needs from the development of the proposal through final report requirements.
The CREST approach is to collect actionable data and provide information for program improvement, enhancement, and sustainability.
Research Academy hosts events and workshops centered on how to improve opportunities for research funding, conducting research programs, and networking within the research community. Events are conducted throughout the year by Research Development, The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA), ASU Library, Core Facilities, and other ASU research support teams.
Utilize Research Academy to find upcoming events and workshops focused on topics such as:
- proposal development
- responsible conduct in research
- sponsor funding opportunity kick-offs
- institutional Review Board basics
- TEC Talks (Technology, Expertise, Collaboration)
New and tenured research faculty can also find short professional development courses regarding research focused administrative and regulatory needs, and research tools in the Research Academy Training Catalog.
- Write your proposal
- Helping you craft a strong proposal that leverages university resources.
The Office of Industry Research Collaboration (OIRC) serves as the liaison between ASU and industry and provides guidance to faculty and staff to ensure a successful interaction. OIRC provides advice and assistance on pre-award issues for proposals to industry sponsors. The team also negotiates and executes industry-sponsored research agreements (SRAs), non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), material transfer agreements (MTAs) and external sales agreements.
ASU Core Research Facilities provide state-of-the-art equipment, specialized services, and expert consultation and training to help you solve your most pressing research challenges. Core Research Facilities provide a wide variety of tools and services, including genetic sequencing, magnetic resonance imaging, electron microscopy, laser spectroscopy, instrument design and fabrication, cleanroom facilities, and more. Description and use rates are available to help you prepare your proposal.
ASU Library helps researchers identify publishing and self-archiving venues (especially those which comply with sponsor public access policies), understand the scope of their copyright and publication agreements, and assess the impact of their research. The ASU Library offers researcher support and guidance for:
- data management planning
- copyright negotiations and long-term accessibility
- literature and systematic review strategies
Proposal Editing provides ASU faculty with a talented team of editors who carefully proofread your proposal to help you craft a well-written, persuasive narrative. The proposal editing service will help clarify your writing, ensuring your research is both readable and persuasive for the varying levels of expertise and the interests of your reviewers. As well, they review the funding request to help align your narrative with the funder’s request, saving you valuable time and effort.
This free editing service is available to help make your grant proposals clear, concise and correct.
Research Development offers support for large and strategic proposals through:
- Competitive Intelligence (CI) – Gain strategic insight into sponsors, programs, and internal strengths. CI helps define what the sponsor has awarded in the past, or wants to fund in the future and can give your proposal a competitive edge.
- Proposal Management – Accredited, highly trained proposal managers use best practices to meet the individual needs of every faculty team with whom they work.
- Graphics – Translate scientific data into figures and illustrations for proposals and journals. Graphics help to clearly and meaningfully illustrate ideas, data, and messages.
Project Management Office (PMO) works with research teams on projects with moderate to high levels of risk and complexity, throughout the project’s life-cycle. Project managers help Principal Investigators (PIs) assess the feasibility of opportunities during project initiation and then assist with project planning during the proposal writing stage. PMO provides expertise in:
- project scoping
- scheduling and major milestone setting
- determining staffing and partnering needs
- creating and adhering to budgets
- defining the project’s management plan and organizational structure
- writing sponsor reporting and data management plans
- Submit Your Proposal
- Helping you submit a strong proposal compliant with all legal and ethical requirements.
The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) administers key research compliance committees and training programs for the university to promote responsible conduct of research. Research compliance is best obtained proactively. Contact ORIA if any of the following will be used or apply to your research:
Human Subjects Live Animals Conflict of Interest Biological Materials Sensitive Information or Commodities Scientific Diving
Enterprise Research Administration (ERA) provides an integrated platform for the administration of research and sponsored projects at ASU.
ERA allows for efficient and effective support of ASU investigators by managing the following all in one system:
- development and submission of proposals
- management of awards
- integrity and assurance activities
Submit your completed proposal to your RA, who will coordinate with the Proposals and Negotiations Team (PNT) or Office of Industry Research Collaboration (OIRC) to review and submit your proposal to the sponsor and notify you of any post-proposal submission activities.
Sponsor reviews for submitted proposals can take months to complete. While waiting for sponsor replies, consider:
- starting a new proposal for a different funding announcement or another sponsor
- writing a journal article on your topic or in your field of work
- assisting a peer with their research project, journal article, or literature review
- brainstorming new research goals
- finding a research mentor
- collaborating with a peer on a similar project
- networking with interdisciplinary groups
- completing additional certifications
- joining professional development groups
Proposal reapplication - while it may be disheartening to find that you didn’t win the award, unawarded proposals receive highly valuable reviewer feedback that will improve your next proposal. Whether you choose to reapply for a future due date for the same funding opportunity, or decide to seek out a new opportunity or sponsor, the feedback you receive on proposals can be essential for your future grant seeking activities.
Review sponsor feedback to determine if goals need adaptations to match the funding organization’s goals or expectations, or maybe find a different Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that fits with the research needs better. Reviewer comments might say exactly what needs to be adjusted for or considered during rewrites.
Awarded a Grant! What Now? Inform your RA, who will coordinate with the Award Management Team (AMT). AMT acts as the institutional official for all sponsored project management functions, including:
- award setup, modifications or amendments
- subaward invoicing and closeout
- serving as the liaison to your sponsor
- invoicing, financial reporting and all non-technical reporting
- Research Advancement/Business Operations Manager support and policy guidance
- Conduct your research
- Facilities, tools and resources to help you carry out your sponsored projects.
Research Computing consists of computational scientists, programmers, engineers, and architects with expertise in all areas of computing, including scientific and parallel computing, big data analytics, and scientific visualization, networking and cyber-security.
Research Computing provides a variety of HPC, physical, virtual, cloud, storage, development, implementation, proposal and consultation services.
Research Computing also provides:
- HPC (supercomputer) cluster with over
- 7,800 cores
- 150 GPU’s
- 30,000 free core hours/month
- research environment including HIPAA & CUI
- research virtual machines (VM) for specific research environments
- scientific software consulting & engineering services
ASU Library project support includes data management support and guidance on the management of your data in progress. The ASU Library also assists with:
- identifying additional, complimentary data sources
- accessing and mining data resources
- project collaboration tools
- citation management help
- project-based data analysis
- visualization opportunities
- fulfilling open access and open data agreements
Global Operations reduces the risks and burdens of conducting international business by developing ASU’s infrastructure and delivering global project solutions. The team provides a central coordinating resource for foreign legal, tax, employment, contracting, purchasing, cash management, and health and safety issues that can arise from:
- foreign travel of ASU faculty and staff
- foreign operations for an ASU project or program
- employment of foreign-based personnel for an ASU project
Department of Animal Care and Technologies (DACT) supports animal-based research and teaching and maintains four centralized vivaria on the Tempe campus. DACT assists researchers with:
- animal housing/ husbandry/ veterinary services
- technical expertise to assist in procedures
- training in animal handling and procedures
- assistance in developing studies and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols
- assurance of regulatory compliance and animal well-being
The Research Technology Office advances institutional research success through the promotion and application of technological services and solutions. Technical advisors are trained to recommend solutions that address the complex and specific needs of researchers and research administrators. Services for research faculty, labs, and centers include:
- file storage
- virtual machines
- contract review
- security policy
- workflow automation
- data management
- HPC (supercomputer) cluster with over
- Commercialize Your Work
- Helping you bring your discoveries and innovations into the marketplace.
Entrepreneurship + Innovation (E+I) supports entrepreneurs at all stages across ASU and in the community who are interested in launching a startup company. E+I connects you to the information, resources and people that can help turn your ideas into reality.
Through training and programs such as Venture Devils and NSF Innovation Corps, the E+I team can help you:
Research Computing also provides:
- incubate and accelerate your venture(s)
- network with other entrepreneurs
- find or become a mentor
- identify available training and events to help grow your ideas
- access maker spaces to test ideas and build prototypes
SkySong Innovations (SI) is ASU’s exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization. SI’s goal is the rapid and wide dissemination of ASU discoveries and inventions from the lab into the marketplace. SI can help you:
- file an invention disclosure
- assess whether your invention has market potential
- apply for a patent
- license your technology to companies
- launch a startup company
- complete business and venture development activities
As soon as you believe you have a potentially patentable invention you should notify SI by completing the Invention Disclosure form available on the SI website, or contact SI directly.
- Additional Resources
- These resources specialize in areas that may be applicable to your project.
Biostatistics Core (BC) is a collaborative research unit providing comprehensive statistical and data management support and consultation from the beginning of a research project to its manuscript preparation. BC’s mission is to enhance research capabilities and address the critical, biostatistical methodological and analytical needs of any research project at ASU and the community. BC collaborates with faculty, research centers, and institutes in the following areas:
- grant proposal support – study design, statistical planning, power analyses
- data management – electronic data capture, data cleaning
- training/workshops/seminars – research methods, statistical analyses and software, electronic data capture
- publication development
- abstract/presentation/analysis plan development
Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) funding programs create and imagine new futures for research and scholarship at Arizona State University. The IHR encourages faculty from humanities disciplines, often in partnership with faculty from other fields, to take advantage of funded research opportunities. The IHR, in conjunction with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, supports humanities and interdisciplinary faculty by providing several internal funding opportunities as well as support in applying for external grants and fellowships. Internal funding programs include the fellows program, research clusters, seed grants, micro-residencies, and subvention grants.
Decision Theater collaborates with researchers to harness the power of data, predictive analytics, computational modeling and visualization to more effectively understand complex problems while convening stakeholders from across a spectrum of interests. Decision Theater’s team of computer scientists, data scientists, and graphic artists provide enabling capabilities to researchers to address real world, transdisciplinary problems.
Researchers use Decision Theater to:
- convene diverse stakeholders
- integrate computational models
- amplify research to new audiences
- demonstrate the impacts of research
Global Futures Laboratory Research Development Office (GFL RDO) provides many levels of research support to Sustainability Scientists & Scholars across ASU. Support focuses on competitiveness, education, skill development and catalyzing people and ideas for research. A personalized approach is used to provide assistance in the following areas:
- faculty consultation
- funding opportunities
- proposal/program/center development
- research development academy
Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) supports social science at ASU, development of ideas for research, and for training in research methods with:
- seed grants
- methods workshops
- graduate student poster contest
- biometric, focus group & interview lab
- graduate and undergraduate certificate in Social Science Research methods
The University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness (UOEEE) is uniquely positioned to provide formative and summative evaluation services. UOEEE serves in an independent evaluation capacity for externally funded programs and grants or for internal evaluation efforts. UOEEE develops evaluation plans, designs research and evaluation instruments, collects quantitative and qualitative data, analyzes results, and provides high quality reports to clients.
Evaluation may serve to document and improve project processes or products and/or may be used to measure the impacts of a program on key stakeholders. Evaluation plans are required by many federal funding agencies. The UOEEE can assist with:
- proposal logic model
- proposal evaluation plan
- IRB documentation
- evaluation monitoring
- data collection, analysis, and reporting
Sustainability Solutions Service The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service is ASU’s sustainability solutions consultancy. The Solutions Service’s mission is to enable clients to implement sustainable solutions by leveraging our exclusive access to the university’s resources to create customized, actionable and scalable solutions for a stronger future. The Solutions Service engages diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators with ASU and throughout its global network to collaborate and deliver sustainability solutions that make measurable impacts and empower audiences of all ages to be agents of change. With seven years of applied project across the globe, the Solutions Service has demonstrated its impact with corporations such as Dell, NRG and Starbucks, municipalities such as the City of Phoenix and the City of Cincinnati, and global organizations such as USAID, Mercy Corp and US Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Allow us to help you actualize your research and drive change.