Extramural Funding Opportunities

Extramural Funding Opportunity Announcements

USU faculty and students are encouraged to apply for extramural funding. This page will be frequently updated to assist with identifying extramural announcements. In addition, USU faculty and students may access the Pivot Funding Database.

Department of Defense (DoD) Research Funding Sponsors

Research Topics are often delineated as follows:


Directed by Congress

  • Sometimes called "Congressional Special Interest (CSI)"
  • Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)


Component/Service Specific Calls for Proposals


Types of Announcements

  • BAA - Broad Agency Announcement

Key features: NO set due date

White paper or Letter of Intent (LOI) initial submission

Full Proposal submitted only upon selection

~90 day response time from receipt of white paper/LOI about whether full proposal is solicited.

Typical DoD sponsors that utilize this type of mechanism: USAMRMC, USAMRAA, ONR & AFOSR


PA - Program Announcement

Key Features: Could have multiple specific due dates

Possible Letter of Intent (LOI) requirement, but not always

Full proposal submission is required

Three to four (4) month response time from receipt of full application

Typical DoD Sponsors that utilize this type of mechanism: CDMRP, DTRA, intramural JPC


RFA - Request for Applications

Key Features: Specific due date

Defined research topic area

Full Proposal Submission is required

Three to four (4) month response time from receipt of full application

Typical DoD sponsors: CDMRP, GEIS

Individual DoD Sponsors


Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

As a part of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), AFOSR's technical experts foster and fund research within AFRL, universities, and industry laboratories to ensure the transition of research results to support USAF needs.

  • To accomplish this task, AFOSR solicits proposals for research through various Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) as well as various other programs outlined on their main webpage: http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/afosr/
  • AFOSR keeps specific requirements of each BAA up to date on Grants.gov.
    • You can search the site by typing organization name into the keyword field or using CFDA numbers 12.800, 12.630, and 12.910.

Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program 

Program areas are determined by Congress for each fiscal year.

 Global Emerging Infection Surveillance (GEIS) 

 The aim of the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance (GEIS) section at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch (AFHSB) is to contribute to the protection of all DoD healthcare beneficiaries and the global community through an integrated worldwide emerging infectious disease surveillance system.



VPR Funding Mechanism 

New Faculty Hiring Packages and Start-Up Awards