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Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR)

Centers Initiative Application

USTAR's goal is to create USTAR Centers that will enhance the ability of district and charter schools to attract and retain mathematics and science teachers while simultaneously offering more opportunities for students and effectively using the capacity of capital facilities. 

Request for Proposals (RFP)


All USTAR funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 is encumbered by the continuation of Local Education Agency (LEA) USTAR programs approved from previous fiscal years and therefore a new (FY) 2017 RFP will not be opened to new LEAs. LEA USTAR programs currently receiving funding will be expiring after (FY) 2017, which is scheduled to end June 30, 2017. All interested LEAs will be applying for new, 3-year USTAR programing for the 2018 fiscal year, with funding starting July 1, 2017, pending legislative approval during the 2017 legislative session.


The USTAR Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available to create proposals for three-year LEA grants starting (FY) 2018. Every interested LEA will be applying for the available funding so this year's grant review process is going to be very competitive. The proposal format this round is very different than previous years and may take additional planning time to prepare. Please look into and become familiar with the proposal requirements soon to have sufficient time to complete a high-quality proposal. USTAR will now be on a strict three-year application cycle; therefore, the next application period wll not occur until 2020 for (FY) 2021. NOTE: The funding of all USTAR grants is contingent on continued funding from the Utah State Legislature.

All proposals are due via e-mail to Ricky Scott by 5 p.m. on February 17, 2017.

USTAR RFP Application Instructions 2017-18

USTAR RFP Application Form

USTAR Application Programming Descriptions

USTAR Webinar

Frequently Asked Questions 

1. Can we add additional attachments and/or appendices to support our proposal?

There have been community questions regarding the opportunity for providing additional attachments beyond the required “Attachment A: Budget Form” that is included in the required forms. Please note that we will not be accepting additional attachments or appendices for review by the committee. The page limit stated in the narrative serves the purpose of creating a standard length to allow all proposals to be evaluated on the same volume of information. It also allows our reviewers to look at the applications in the time that we have allotted. Please do not submit additional materials beyond the required “Attachment A: Budget Form” as they will not be considered as part of your review.

2. Where should I submit my application?

All proposals (including charter school applicants) are to be submitted to Ricky Scott.