Office of the Vice President for Research

FY23 Quarterly Strategic Initiative

Colorado State University is committed to supporting a wide range of activities in the areas of Research, Scholarship, and Discovery under the University’s Strategic Plan, by which “CSU will foster an academic environment that nurtures excellence and growth in research, creative artistry, and other scholarly accomplishments.”

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) utilizes a seasonal process for managing funding requests from colleges, departments, and other units. The purpose of this seasonal process is to synchronize the submission of funding requests, provide a means to strategically assess funding needs across a larger pool of proposals, establish a common set of funding criteria, and to promote inclusivity across the research and scholarship community at CSU.


The OVPR Quarterly Strategic Investment process, initiated in FY15, provides funding across the institution. This on-going program offers support for a broad range of research, scholarship, and discovery activities. The program is not intended to sustain or provide seed funding for individual research projects, nor does it replace the start-up/retention funding process, funding under the Core/Specialized Facilities RFP, or requests for mandatory cost share on extramural funding proposals (see Mandatory Cost Share section below). Rather, the process is intended to provide OVPR funding support in a structured manner to address gaps, deficiencies, or opportunities in the research enterprise. A major advantage of this process is the allocation of available funds across the entire fiscal year to ensure that awards can be made for funding needs identified later in the fiscal year.

Submission Process:

Applications are due by 5:00 pm on the submission deadline date through the CSU InfoReady Review system. The system will not accept applications after 5:00 pm.

See the RFP announcement or the opportunity page within InfoReady Review for information regarding specific required proposal content.

Submission Deadlines:

The process will have four cycles, scheduled to allow for maximum flexibility and agility in responding to identified needs. Funding requests will be accepted starting with the Open Date and continue until the Submission Deadline (5:00 pm MT). Requests received after the deadline will not be considered in that funding cycle and must be submitted to the next funding cycle. New cycles will be announced a minimum of four weeks prior to the submission deadline. The submission dates for the FY23 cycle are:

Open Date Submission Deadlines:

Open Date Submission Deadline
September 15, 2022 October 14, 2022
December 1, 2022 January 3, 2023
March 1, 2023 April 3, 2023
June 2, 2023 July 3, 2023

For questions and further discussion, please contact Dinaida Egan in the Office of the Vice President for Research