Office of the Vice President for Research

FY22 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.

For FY22, the OVPR will return to the historic Quarterly Strategic Investment program, while maintaining some elements of the temporary FY21 Research Continuity Fund to ensure ongoing support for COVID-19 post-pandemic research continuity and accelerated recovery efforts.


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, awards made for Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence (PRSE), 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 more than one cycle, 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 current cycle are:

Open Date Submission Deadlines:

Open Date Submission Deadline
January 1, 2022 January 21, 2022