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Internal Funding Opportunities

Research, scholarly, and creative activity is a core mission of our institution. Internal, centrally administered support for research, scholarly, and creative activity (RSCA) is available from four sources/programs:

  1. Reassigned time
  2. Small Faculty Grants (SFG)
  3. Mini-grants and summer stipends (MGSS); and
  4. Discretionary funding from ORSP/AA for Research Initiatives.

Funding and regulations for MGSS are mandated by the legislature and the Chancellor’s office, while funding and regulations for reassigned time and discretionary initiatives are determined on campus.

The following activities are eligible for all RSCA Awards:

  • Basic Research
  • Applied Research and
  • Creative Activities in the Arts

The following activities are typically ineligible for any RSCA Awards:

  • Curricular development or improvement including pedagogical research
  • Department or college programs or facilities
  • Completion of requirements for an advanced degree
  • Community service

2014-15 RSCA Award Proposals

Reassigned Time

updated 1-16-14

On January 9, the Governor released his proposed 2014-15 budget, which included a modest 5 percent increase for the CSU. While the Governor’s proposal remains subject to approval by the California Legislature, the budget outlook is encouraging. 

With this additional funding, the Division of Academic Affairs is tentatively planning a significant increase in support for research, scholarly and creative activity (RSCA) for 2014-15. This increase creates the prospect that some particularly strong proposals may be awarded six units of reassigned time (3 Fall & 3 Spring). 

In order to give faculty the opportunity to adjust RSCA award proposals to include justifications for more assigned time, the deadline for applications to the College has been extended to Monday, February 17. 

Although Academic Affairs provides funding for RSCA awards, academic colleges administer the award process. College award committees will review, evaluate, and rank proposals; deans will make final decisions on awards.

Faculty members who receive awards are required to submit a Report of Work Accomplished by announced deadlines to the respective College Dean’s office. Academic Senate policy 11-08 Section 3.2 dictates the competitive process by which reassigned time will be awarded.

Individual College Councils are responsible for determining the criteria for applying, evaluating and recommending RSCA reassigned time. Although there are no required guidelines or application forms, Colleges may wish to use the forms previously required for assigned time applications.

Learn more about Assigned Time Guidelines and Application Forms.


Small Faculty Grants

Up to $5,000 may be requested for small equipment, student assistants, data- or information-collection travel (not including conference presentations), or supplies. Funds may be expended July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Proposals will be due Monday, February 17. Tenured and probationary faculty and full-time lecturers are eligible to compete for awards (except faculty members receiving new faculty reassigned time). Faculty may apply for a SFG or RSCA, but not both. 

Although the Provost's Office provides funding for awards, academic colleges administer award processes. Colleges establish procedures and criteria. College award committees review, evaluate, and rank proposals. Deans make final decisions on awards. Colleges establish and manage accountability for results. 

Contact the College dean's office for application forms and guidelines.


Mini-grants and Summer Stipends for 2014-2015 (MGSS)

The Chancellor's office has reinstated system-level funding for RSCA and allocated $195,321 for CSULB for the 2014-2015 AY based upon FTES. A specific plan for the criteria for disbursing the funds Adobe PDF Document will be formulated shortly.


Discretionary ORSP/AA Research Funding Initiatives

The application period for the following ORSP/AA research funding initiatives is now open.

  • ORSP/AA Faculty Stipend Research Incentive Awards Adobe PDF Document
    Provides faculty stipends of $2,500 for proposal submission for major external funding (>$100,000 in direct funding). Applications to develop full proposals on any fundable topic are eligible. Proposals must be submitted via Cayuse 424 on or before September 30th 2014. Preference will be given to proposals submitted to Federal funding agencies in response to standing solicitations carrying full indirect costs. Submission Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2013 by 5 pm. Awards will be announced December 2, 2013. See the 2013 award recipients.
  • Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 ORSP/AA Multidisciplinary Research Awards Adobe PDF Document
    Aimed at developing meaningful collaborative projects between two or more researchers with complimentary expertise, the 2014-2015 multidisciplinary research competition provides awards ranging from $5,000 - $12,000 to develop and submit collaborative proposals to external sponsors for funding. Submission Deadline: Monday, February 3, 2014 by 5 pm. Awards will be announced March 14, 2014. See the 2013 award recipients.


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