Faculty  Research  Grants


Faculty Research Grant Program 2020-2021


Dixie State University promotes active learning and student engagement by encouraging faculty research, scholarly, and creative activities through the new Faculty Research Grant Program (FRGP). The FRGP offers support for faculty from all disciplines to develop research, creative, and scholarly projects.

Curriculum development and instructional improvement projects are not eligible unless these activities are part of the scholarship of pedagogy and will be submitted for presentation at professional conferences, appropriate artistic venues, or publication.


This program will be administered through the Undergraduate Research Office. For more information, or if you have questions about the program, please visit http://research.dixie.edu or email the URO at research@dixie.edu. Grant proposals will generally be due around November and May of each year. Please see below for the next upcoming deadline. For the 2021-2022 academic year, we anticipate funding approximately 10-12 awards.


All documents for your proposal must be submitted to the URO by email (research@dixie.edu) no later than November 15, 2021. (Note: Spring 2022 deadline is anticipated to be approximately May 10, 2022)


Please find the Call For Proposals and templates below:



Frequently Asked Questions:


— Who is eligible to apply for Faculty Grants?

Currently, the Faculty Grants program is available to full-time, tenure-track or professional-track faculty. 


— What are the allowances and limitations of using the funds?

Funds can be used for stipends (faculty, staff, students), materials and supplies, and other expenses directly related to the cost of implementing your proposed project. 

Travel to locations to collect data, secure materials, meet with participants, is allowed in this program. Travel to present your work at conferences is not included in this program – please see Faculty Professional Development. 

Capital equipment (items that are include in DSU Inventory processes, and greater than $3000) is allowed if the authors demonstrate that funding to cover the expense above and beyond this program funding is already in place. Note that capital equipment does become controlled property of DSU. 

All stipends are taxed and the additional amount for taxes and indirect costs must still be within the total $3000 maximum request. 


— Is student engagement required?

While it is not required to pay students a stipend for participation in this project, the current version of this program does require that there are outcomes directly impacting students through engagement and participation in your proposed project. Student “engagement” with students being directly involved in the research and creative process is likely to receive higher scoring than proposals that simply provide or outsource tasks to students. 


— Is IRB (institutional research board) or IACUC (institutional animal care and use committee) approval required?

For projects that involve human or animal subjects, IRB or IACUC approval is required, as appropriate, prior to receiving funding and implementing the proposed work. IRB is required for projects that include surveying or interviewing subjects or participants on or off the DSU campus. IACUC approval is required for projects that involve the study, survey, or interviewing of non-human vertebrate animals. 

Approval from either committee is not required prior to proposal submission, but is required prior to disbursement of funds. 


— What support/resources are available to faculty in the proposal writing process?

The Research Office can provide input, feedback, and connect you with resources as needed. The Office will not be able to fully review your proposal prior to submission, but we are happy to discuss with potential PIs their ideas and proposal drafts prior to submission.

The Office of Sponsored Programs can provide input on the proposal and budget preparation, including details about the technical and required components of the proposal and associated documents. 

There is also limited availability of technical writing graduate students that may be able to help PIs in the writing and structure of the proposal. Please note that the students will help in the preparation of the proposal, and not necessarily in the idea generation, innovation, or intellectual merit/broader impact details. 


Workshop on preparing Faculty Grant proposals

The recording of the Zoom meeting for the recent workshop on preparing the Faculty Grants can be found on the DSU Zoom recordings page here! This workshop was held October 28, 2020.



Recently Funded Faculty Projects:


Spring 2021


“Prospective Teachers’ Learning to Implement Effective Teaching Practices in the Context of Number Talk Routines and Mathematics Instruction”
PI: Byungeun Pak

“The Design and Use of Three Mobile Learning App activities for Young Visitors (aged 8-12) Along Remote and Interpretive Hiking Trails in Zion National Park”
PI: Michael Hammond-Todd



Fall 2020

“Roger Corman’s New World Pictures”
PI: Stephen Armstrong,  English

“The Effect of Hybrid Wellness Classes on Self-Efficacy in Community Dwelling Senior Citizens”
PI: Susan Hart and Lori Newell, Health Sciences

“A Hybrid Statistical Model to Predict the Trends in Lung Cancer”
PI: Md Sazib Hasan,  Mathematics

“Transitioning Veterans: A Comparison of Veteran and Foreign Exchange Students”
PI: Chizu Matsubara,  Education

“Addressing Challenges to a Novel Aquaponics System with Mentored Student Research”
PI: Trevor Terrill,  Engineering

“Distribution, sediment sources, and tectonic significance of the Paleogene Claron Formation, southern Utah ”
PI:  Alexander Tye,  Geology



Spring 2020


“Structural and functional characterization of non-heme di iron catalases”
PI: Jeremy Bakelar,  Biology

“Are Shorter Telomeres the Cause or the Consequence in Cartilage-Hair Hypoplasia?”
PI: Martina Gaspari,  Biology

“Cheatgrass Mapping in Southern Utah with Drone Data”
PI:  Zhenyu Jin,  Geography

“An Exploration of Psychological Distance, Risk Perception, Proactive Risk Intention toward Risk Messages”
PI: Hengju Lin,  Communications

“Translation of Russian/Ukrainian Epic Poems”
PI: Olga Pilkington and Cindy King,  English

“Increasing the Talent GAAP in Accounting”
PI:  Nate Staheli,  Accounting Finance

“Canyon Tree Frog Research 2020”
PI: Curt Walker,  Biology

“The 5-String Cello: a Research Project on the Violoncello Piccolo Literature”
PI: Ka-Wai Yu,  Music













Research office

Email: research@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4488

Office: HCC 488