Office of the Vice President for Research

FY21 Research Continuity Fund

(replaces OVPR Quarterly Strategic Investment for FY21)

Colorado State University is committed to supporting ongoing research continuity/COVID‐19 relief efforts within a wide range of activities in Research 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) has established a new Research Continuity Fund, in lieu of the Quarterly Strategic Investment program for FY21, to develop a seasonal process in support of post‐pandemic focused funding requests from colleges, departments, and other units. The purpose of this process is to ensure research continuity and accelerate recovery, along with creating a synchronous submission of funding requests. This process also provides a means to strategically assess funding needs across a larger pool of proposals, establish a common set of funding criteria, and promote inclusivity across the research and scholarship community at CSU.


The OVPR seeks to assist researchers and scholars as they rebound from the COVID‐19 pandemic to ensure maximum continuity of the research enterprise across the institution. The program offers support for a broad range of research, scholarship, and discovery activities. This program is not intended to sustain individual research projects, nor does it replace the start‐up/retention funding process, 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 arising from the pandemic. A major advantage of this process is the allocation of available continuity 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:

Three funding request cycles are scheduled for FY21 and are scheduled to allow for maximum flexibility and agility in responding to identified needs. Funding requests will be accepted starting with the Cycle Open Date and continue until the Submission Deadline (5pm MT). Requests received after the deadline will not be considered in that funding cycle and must be submitted to the next funding cycle.

Cycle Open Date Submission Deadlines:

CycleOpen DateSubmission Deadline
C1September 1, 2020September 28, 2020
C2November 9, 2020December 7, 2021
C3February 1, 2021February 22, 2021

Contact Information:

If you have questions or need additional information about this process or feedback on unfunded proposals, please contact:

Ellen Fisher
(970) 491‐1526
Office of the Vice President for Research