FY 2022 Request for Proposals


Deadline: January 15, 2022             Decision: February 15, 2022           Award Start: March 1, 2022



The Office of the Vice President for Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education (VPREDGE) is pleased to announce this request for proposals (RFP) to support VPREDGE core facilities. The purpose of this RFP is to support core facilities that serve as critical infrastructure for the research and scholarly enterprise. Moreover, these core facilities often compliment the educational and outreach efforts that also underpin our land-grant mission. The overarching goal of this program is to provide VPREDGE core facilities with competitive, annual funds that will help to advance the unit’s fiscal sustainability and/or develop new services or processes that align with user needs. 



A subgroup of Research Council with experience in core facilities will evaluate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • The project’s alignment with Montana State University strategic plan, and particularly interdisciplinary research and grand challenge research goals.
  • The project’s ability to advance core facility sustainability and/or development of new services or processes that align with user needs.
  • The project’s ability to advance core facility faculty competitiveness for external federal agency or other funding sponsor(s).
  • The project’s intellectual significance and its potential impact and contribution to the field.
  • The appropriateness of the project’s methodologies and approach, as well as the feasibility of the work plan.
  • The qualifications and expertise of the core facility director and affiliated faculty in relation to the project goals, including need for multiple individuals.
  • The potential for success, including the likelihood that the project will be completed within the projected timeframe, and the appropriateness of the budget.
  • If awarded a project in the prior year, a brief summary of what was accomplished and/or enabled through prior support.


Please address each criterion in your proposal and write in a way that is accessible to your Montana State University colleagues who may not be in your discipline. 


Each VPREDGE core facility director may submit only one application to this RFP. Preference will be given to proposals that have immediate need, and will be able to begin ordering/implementing within 2-3 months of funding. 


Within three months of completion of the project, successful applicants shall provide a written report of grant activities and outcomes to the VPREDGE Office.  If the project was to enable an extramural grant proposal, this report should include brief description of the external grant submitted (or in progress to be submitted).  The submission of this final project report is required as a criterion for future VPREDGE proposal consideration.


Questions about program requirement and expectations may be directed to Jason Carter ([email protected]) and Liz Shanahan ([email protected]), while questions concerning electronic submission and budgets can be directed to Shana Wold ([email protected]). 



Applicants may request funds for equipment, supplies, travel, personnel (including graduate students), and other expenses necessary to complete the proposed project. Core facility grants will not support summer salary. Award amounts will vary, but most will range between $25,000 (minimum) and $100,000 (maximum).  These funds will expire and revert back to the VPREDGE Office after 12-months from award activation.  

  • For travel expenses, explain projected travel expenses in the budget narrative, being as specific and realistic as possible about the cost of transportation, lodging and other expenses. When budgeting for travel, please follow State approved In-State, Out-of-State and International rates regarding per diem, mileage and lodging.
  • Budgets must include the 6% admin fee that will be assessed to your award by the Vice President for Finance and Administration Office.
  • The following items are unlikely to be funded unless specifically justified: computers; post-production costs of books, articles or other creative activities; travel to professional conferences regularly attended by the applicant.



Please submit your proposal electronically to the Office of Sponsored Programs via the Electronic Proposal Clearance Form (ePCF). A full proposal needs to be submitted with MSU Vice President of Research (MONVIC001) selected as the sponsor.  Please enter the Program ID MSU CFGP 2022. Instructions and a link to the forms can be found on the OSP website: http://www.montana.edu/research/osp/


Applicants should submit the following as a single PDF document, which will be distributed to external reviewers and Core Facilities Grant Review Committee members. Attach to the “Required Program Document” section of the ePCF.

  • A cover sheet, including a brief abstract of the project (see attached below).
  • A narrative of no more than five single-spaced pages addressing the significance and impact of the project, and the other review criteria outlined above.
  • A budget, including a brief budget justification


In a separate document, applicants should also attach the following within the ePCF:

  • “Miscellaneous Attachments” – the narrative, budget and final report of any REF grant you received in the last three years. Submit each year’s funded grant as a single PDF document.


Review Timeline

Once a VPREDGE core facilities grant is submitted, it will be forwarded to the Core Facilities review committee.  The review committee will review within 2-3 weeks of submission, and make final recommendations to the VPREDGE. 


Cover Sheet


Core Facilities Research Grant Program


VPREDGE Core Facility:




Director’s Email Address:


Title of Project:


Amount Requested:                                                   Award Period Requested:                                     


Abstract of Proposal (not to exceed 250 words)