Researcher support

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.
College resources
These are resources specifically for your and your colleagues.
Get started
These two resources are your starting points for a successful research career at ASU.

Research Advancements thumbnailResearch Advancement

supports your research endeavors and assists you when you have questions. RA staff assigned to your unit are available to assist you in several 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.
  • Coordination 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 thumbnailResearch 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 the right funding opportunities.
  • Finding expertise at ASU.
  • Reviewing example funded proposals.
  • Writing key proposal sections.
  • Writing and publishing journal articles.

Research Academy hosts events and workshops centered on improving opportunities for research funding, conducting research programs and networking within the research community. Various ASU research support teams conduct events throughout the year on topics such as proposal development, sponsor funding opportunities, working with human subjects and research computing.          

Identify opportunities
Assisting with funding opportunity searches, locating potential collaborators, and networking with successful researchers and proposal writers.


assists in funding opportunity discovery. Pivot is a powerful global funding opportunity and scholars database that allows users to receive results in a variety of ways. All ASU faculty, staff and students can access Pivot. It is best to log in from an ASU computer, as Pivot will recognize that you are an ASU user. Faculty and staff interested in learning more about this tool can contact their unit Research Advancement Staff.



Research Development thumbnailResearch Development

works with ASU research faculty, staff and leaders to improve their funding success and grow the research enterprise. The Research Development team:

  • Runs proposal development workshops to teach about key steps along the funding journey.
  • Facilitates “kick-offs” of specific funding opportunities to foster discussion and collaboration.
  • Runs ASU’s competitions for limited submission opportunities.
  • Connects researchers with ASU’s internal seed funding opportunities.
  • Offers graphic design services to communicate concepts or data effectively.
  • Provides proposal management for large and strategic proposals.          




provides a way to identify colleagues to collaborate on research projects, as well as share scholarly works and research interests. All tenured, tenure-track and research faculty at ASU are automatically included in the profiled catalog and can easily be accessed via the public-facing experts.asu site. ASU experts are updated each semester to account for personnel changes and have customizable profiles that can be edited to include a large variety of scholarly works, patents, exhibitions, compositions, data sets and more.



The College Research and Evaluation Services Team (CREST)

provides evaluation support across multiple disciplines and partnering organizations at the local, state and national levels. CREST works with you to design and write evaluation plans for grant proposals. A personalized, flexible and collaborative approach is utilized to meet the needs of grant specifications and the broadening participation activities you implement, from the development of the proposal through the final report requirements.

CREST utilizes a mixed-methods evaluation design, collecting multiple sources of data that illustrate program impact and provide information for program improvement, enhancement and sustainability.



The University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness

is uniquely positioned to serve as an independent evaluator for internally and externally funded programs, grants and units at ASU. The UOEEE team provides formative and summative evaluation services at scale for a diverse range of projects and funders, from evaluation planning and proposal development through to instrument development and validation, data collection, monitoring, analysis and reporting. UOEEE supports growing evaluation capacity at ASU through talks, workshops and individualized facilitation.          



The ASU International Development Initiative

supports faculty across ASU colleges, schools, academic units, and administrative and support units to pursue grants and contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State and other development agencies. The ASU International Development Initiative provides multiple services to the university community, including:

  • Identifying opportunities for new projects and programs with USAID, Department of State and other development agencies.
  • New business capture, including negotiation with prospective partners such as international development firms, international NGOs and global universities.
  • Proposal support for funding opportunities.
  • Global implementation services to enable agile, effective coordination of international projects.
  • Assessment services to measure project impact and generate data and evidence to improve development outcomes.           

Write your proposal
Helping you craft a strong proposal that leverages university resources.

The Negotiations Team

serves as the contracting authority for incoming and outgoing research-related agreements with external partners, including non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), sponsored research agreements, etc. The Negotiations Team also performs export control reviews, including restricted party screening of foreign collaborators and foreign visitors.



ASU Core Research Facilities

create solutions to the world’s most critical challenges through advanced research and development. Their PhD-level scientists provide guidance whether you need project development, sample processing, workforce training, or for collaboration and assistance in your proposal preparation.
With over 30 distinct facilities, state-of-the-art equipment and in-depth expertise, Core Facilities are here to help you achieve your research goals. The team provides a variety of tools and services across scientific disciplines, including biosciences, microelectronics and nanofabrication, materials characterization and synthesis, health and clinical research services, instrument design and fabrication, and computing and data services.          



Research Data Management Office

provides support for all aspects of data management and planning covering the entire research cycle, including feedback for data management plans, guidance for electronic data capture, data sharing requirements and storage options. Data management consultation can also be provided as a budgeted item on grants. Services also include:

  • Secure computing spaces for analyzing sensitive data sets.
  • Process to request Arizona Department of Health Services public health data sets.
  • Assistance in building and using REDCap for electronic data capture and database design.          



Research Editing

provides free services to ASU faculty or individuals with research positions to ensure that material in your proposal is presented in a clear, logical and coherent manner. The team also checks for grammar, typos and adherence to agency guidelines. Research Editing operates on a first-come, first-served basis and usually needs three days to edit a grant proposal and 10 days for a manuscript or book proposal. The team edits Word files only and does not create or edit graphics but does provide comments on them. Let Research Editing be your “fresh eyes.”          



Research Development thumbnailResearch Development

offers support for large and strategic proposals, providing:

  • Strategic intelligence (SI)
    SI analysts provide strategic insight into sponsors, programs and ASU strengths. SI can identify what sponsors have awarded in the past and want to fund in the future to give proposers a competitive edge.
  • Proposal management
    Proposal managers use best practices to understand sponsor requirements, increase the competitiveness of proposal components, drive individuals and teams to a timeline, coordinate pre-submission reviews, and connect proposers with graphics support and other resources.
  • Graphics
    An in-house graphic designer works with proposers to create figures that clearly illustrate ideas, data and messages.          



Project Management Office thumbnailProject 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 assess the feasibility of opportunities during project initiation and then assist with project planning during the proposal writing stage. PMO offers expertise in:

  • Project scoping, scheduling and major milestone setting.
  • Determining staffing and partnering needs.
  • Creating and adhering to budgets.
  • Writing sponsor reporting and data management plans.
  • Defining the project’s management plan and organizational structure.          

Submit your proposal
Helping you submit a strong proposal compliant with all legal and ethical requirements.

The Office of Research Integrity and Assurance thumbnailThe Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA)

administers key research compliance committees and training programs for the university to promote responsible conduct of research at the university. 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 thumbnailEnterprise 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 Industry Agreements Group (IAG) 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 at 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 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 thumbnailAwarded a grant! What now?

Inform your Research Advancement staff, 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.
  • Coordination between you and the 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 thumbnailResearch Computing

is dedicated to enabling research, accelerating discovery and spurring innovation at ASU through the application of advanced computational resources to address grand challenges in science, engineering and health. Offering a team of systems professionals, architects, scientific software engineers and research facilitators, ASU Research Computing provides technical expertise in all areas of computing, including parallel computing, big data analytics, scientific visualization, high-speed networking and cybersecurity. Research Computing provides ASU faculty and students access to accelerated high-performance computing resources comprising:

  • Over 34,000 CPU cores and over 550 GPU accelerators across two supercomputers.
  • 6PB research data storage platform for project-term data and eight large memory nodes.
  • Dedicated virtual machines for specific research environments.
  • A FISMA high secure computing environment managed by a HIPAA Covered Entity, supporting computational research on sensitive data.

 Through the Quantum Collaborative, the ASU research community has access to quantum information science and technology infrastructure, leading talent and expertise, and a full complement of quantum systems.
Additionally, hands-on training, facilitation, scientific software optimization and proposal support round out Research Computing’s offerings.



ASU LibraryASU 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, complementary data and information sources.
  • Project collaboration tools.
  • Citation management.
  • Project-based data analysis and visualization opportunities.
  • Supporting open access and open data requirements.
  • Identifying publication and dissemination options.          



Global Operations thumbnailGlobal Operations

reduces the risks and burdens of conducting international business by delivering global project solutions and developing ASU’s infrastructure. The team provides a central coordinating resource for foreign legal, employment, contracting, tax, purchasing, cash management, and health and safety issues that can arise from:

  • International travel of ASU faculty and staff.
  • International operations for an ASU project or program.
  • Employment of foreign-based personnel for an ASU project.          



Department of Animal Care and Technologies thumbnailDepartment of Animal Care and Technologies (DACT)

supports animal-based research and teaching. DACT maintains four centralized vivaria at the Tempe campus and one at the Downtown Phoenix campus.

DACT assists researchers with:

  • Animal housing, husbandry and 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 thumbnailThe Research Technology Office

provides best-in-class technological solutions and services to support the rapidly growing Knowledge Enterprise at ASU. RTO offers technical expertise and strategic research solutions that address the complex and specific needs of the ASU research community. Services for research faculty, labs and centers include:

  • Advanced computing and data storage.
  • Research data management.
  • Secure research environment.
  • Information security.
  • Web services and application support.
  • Workflow automation.
  • Research engagement and facilitation.          



Research Plus Me

provides a platform for researchers to recruit human participants for their studies. With your study on Research Plus Me, potential participants from across the United States can find and participate in your study. The service is free and available for all IRB-approved studies at ASU. Benefits of utilizing Research Plus me include:

  • Save time and costs on recruitment.
  • Diversify your participant pool.
  • Achieve high visibility for your study.          

Commercialize and share your work
Helping you bring your discoveries and innovations into the marketplace.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation thumbnailThe J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute

supports entrepreneurs at all stages across ASU and in the community who are interested in launching a startup company. The Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute 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 institute can help you:

  • 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 thumbnailSkysong Innovations

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.                    480.884.1996



Research Editing

provides free journal article editing services to ASU faculty members and individuals with research positions. Research Editing operates on a first-come, first-served basis and usually needs three days to edit a grant proposal and 10 days for a manuscript or book proposal. Research Editing services reviews journal articles for:

  • Clarity, logic and coherency of presentation.
  • Grammar, typos and adherence to publisher guidelines.
  • Your response to the editor’s and reviewers’ comments, if resubmitting.          



ASU Library

helps researchers identify publishing and self-archiving venues that comply with public access policies, understand the scope of copyright and publication agreements, and assess research impact. The library offers guidance for:

  • Research data sharing and curation, including the ASU Research Data Repository.
  • Publication strategies and open access options, including the KEEP Institutional Repository.          



The ASU Open Access Publication Fund

supports investigators and scholars in making their work freely available by publishing in open access journals.
The Office of the University Provost and ASU Knowledge Enterprise provide select funds, administered by the ASU Library, to help defray the costs associated with open access publishing. Awards that meet eligibility criteria are available to ASU affiliates at all career stages, including postdoctoral fellows and students.          



KE and ASU Media Relations teams

often share published findings of public interest with local, national and international news outlets. If you have research that may be newsworthy, it is important to contact us for potential media promotion as soon as your paper is accepted for publication. Our media professionals are used to working under embargoes and will not share your findings before the publication date, but they need time to prepare a press release and identify the appropriate media channels to pitch to.          


Sharing your research boosts knowledge growth in your field, encourages other researchers to make new findings, increases your chances of being cited in new research, enables peer review and enhances your competitiveness for new research funding. Researchers are encouraged to seek grants that allow for publishing multiple items, thus increasing their ratio of publications to awards.

Share your scholarship
Additional resources
These resources specialize in areas that may be applicable to your project.

The Biostatistics Core

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. The core'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. The Biostatistics Core 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

funding programs create and imagine new futures for research and scholarship at ASU. IHR encourages faculty from humanities disciplines, often in partnership with faculty from other fields, to take advantage of funded research opportunities. IHR, in conjunction with The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, supports humanities and interdisciplinary faculty by providing several internal funding opportunities and support in applying for external grants and fellowships. Internal funding programs include the fellows program, research clusters, seed grants, micro-residencies and subvention grants.                    480-965-3000



Decision Theater thumbnailDecision 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.                    480.965.4098



Global Futures Laboratory Research Development Office thumbnailGlobal Futures Laboratory Office of Research Strategy and Development

provides various levels of research support to Global Futures Scientists and Scholars at ASU. Support focuses on competitiveness, education, project management, onboarding and strategic development. A personalized approach is used to provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Faculty consultations and individual research portfolios.
  • Faculty training through workshops.
  • Proposal development and scaling up research.
  • Program development and a career roadmap.
  • Center development and large-scale complex strategic plans.                    Research Strategy Support



Institute for Social Science Research

supports social science at ASU, development of ideas for research and research methods training with:

  • Seed grants.
  • Methods workshops.
  • Graduate student poster contest.
  • Biometric, focus group and interview lab.
  • Graduate and undergraduate certificate in Social Science Research methods.          480.965.5005



The Sustainability Solutions Service

is ASU’s sustainability solutions consultancy. The service’s mission is to enable clients to implement sustainable solutions by leveraging exclusive access to the university’s resources, creating customized, actionable and scalable solutions for a stronger future. The Solutions Service engages diverse teams of faculty, students, entrepreneurs, researchers and innovators across 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 years of applied projects worldwide, the Sustainability Solutions Service has demonstrated its impact with corporations, municipalities and global organizations. The Solutions Service helps you actualize your research and drive change.          



Knowledge Enterprise Analytics

provides sponsored project reporting and manages analytical subscription tools for ASU faculty and staff, including:

  • Reporting on sponsored investigator recognition and bibliometrics.
  • Custom online dashboards (e.g., Tableau) to display data sourced from Enterprise Research Administration (ERA), Workday and PeopleSoft.
  • Data analytics support for university leadership and college deans.
  • Decision support analyses on current and potential collaborations.
  • Research and related metrics on national and international surveys such as HERD.          



Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships

facilitates one-of-a-kind opportunities for industry engagement. CESP provides strategic support to faculty and staff members in identification of, and outreach to, external partners. Whether your interest is in a specific company or a broader field, CESP can provide support in bringing your ideas to industry collaborators, including:

  • Facilitating introductions to industry points of contact.
  • Reviewing proposals.
  • CESP staffing at external meetings.
  • Liaising with other ASU units to streamline contractual arrangements.
  • Participating in pitches.
  • Providing access to training resources and opportunities.
  • Assisting with letters of support.