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Sustainability Teaching, Application, and Research (STAR) Grants

The Sustainability Practices and Research Center (SPARC) seeks proposals for faculty-led research and practices that foster engagement with sustainability at Weber State. Projects should broadly connect environmental and socioeconomic aspects of sustainability. Projects may include direct action to solve sustainability problems, developing new educational experiences, outreach/communication spreading sustainability awareness, or research that furthers knowledge or technical solutions. Engagement with students and/or community is encouraged. 


Proposals should be submitted to SPARC by email by April 1, 2024. Proposals should be 2-3 pages and include a clear statement of the project goals, impacts, student/community engagement, budget, timeline, and plans for dissemination of results. Projects may be funded for up to $5,000 (or potentially up to $10,000 for high-impact, collaborative projects). Each year a total of $20,000 is available for funding grants. In addition to discipline-specific dissemination of results, projects funded by the STAR Grant are expected to be shared at the Research and Engagement Symposium, the faculty Thrive Symposium, or the Intermountain Sustainability Summit. We anticipate future calls for proposals in Fall 2024 (Sept 18) and Spring 2025 (Feb 29).


Proposals will be reviewed by a committee consisting of one faculty from each college, using this rubric and should be submitted using this template.


For questions, please contact Heather Root:


STAR Template

Please use this grant proposal template.

See Template

STAR Rubric

Applications will be assessed using this rubric.

See Rubric

Current and Past Recipients

Look at faculty projects that have received a STAR Grant.

See Recipients