Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.70
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019

STARS v2.2

Utah State University
AC-10: Support for Sustainability Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Jeff Broadbent
Associate Vice President for Research and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the student sustainability research program:

The university provides undergraduate and graduate research grants to fund USU research, including sustainability. These programs, like the majority of the research office's programs, are not specific to one research area.


Does the institution have a program to encourage academic staff from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct sustainability research?:
No

A brief description of the faculty sustainability research program:

o Grant-writing Experience through Mentorship (GEM)
"The New Investigator Grant-writing Experience through Mentorship (GEM) program provides funding of up to $5,000 to enhance the professional development of new investigators through one-on-one research and grant-writing interaction with successful research mentors."
o Research Catalyst (RC)
"The Research Catalyst (RC) program provides 1-year seed funding of up to $20,000 to help applicants develop new initiatives or directions in their discipline that will lead to new externally funded grants (EFGs)."
o Seed Program to Advance Research Collaborations (SPARC)
"The Seed Program to Advance Research Collaborations (SPARC) program provides 1-year seed funding of up to $35,000 to catalyze development of interdisciplinary research teams and projects that involve scholarly research in more than one department, research center, college or institution."


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A copy of the promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:
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The promotion or tenure guidelines or policies:

Interdisciplinary collaborations are expected and considered in tenure decisions. Many positions include interdisciplinary research in the the job description.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research:

The university has subject librarians for every major and program at USU. Each is available for meeting and has guides and databases posted online.


Website URL where information about the institution’s support for sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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