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Internal CSULB Funding Opportunities

The Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to support Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) and Mini Grants/Summer Stipends (MGSS). When funds are available, a faculty member is allowed to apply for only one of the four awards in a given year.  Application timeline and process will be announced during the Fall Session of the Academic Year. Please see Academic Senate Policy 11-08 §3.1 for details.

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA)

Faculty should contact their college office regarding application information.

All tenured, probationary, and full-time lecturers are eligible to compete for Reassigned Time and Faculty Small Grants.

Support will be available in the form of:

  • Reassigned Time
    • Equal to three (3) units per AY, to support the following activities: basic, applied, or developmental research and creative activities
  • Faculty Small Grants
    • Not to exceed $5,000, may be used for: student assistance, minor equipment or materials and supplies, travel to advance RSCA

Each academic college administers the award process for Reassigned Time and Faculty Small Grants.

Faculty members receiving new faculty reassigned time are only eligible to apply for Faculty Small Grants.  FY2019-20 application starts:  Monday, September 24, 2018; Deadline:  Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 5pm

Mini-Grants and Summer Stipends (MGSS)

MGSS Applications will be submitted, reviewed and awarded via Info-Ready, an online Research Competition Space.

The Chancellor’s Office will provide system-level funding for mini-grants and summer stipends (MGSS).  All members of Unit 3 (all lecturers, probationary faculty, tenured faculty, librarians, coaches, and counselors) are eligible to compete for mini-grants and summer stipends.

Support will be available in the form of:

  • Mini Grants
    • Not to exceed $5,000, are intended to be “seed” money leading to the application for external support. Since this award is “seed” money, acceptance of a mini-grant requires that the application for external funding based on the proposal be submitted within two years of the date of the award and prior to any subsequent mini-grant awards.
  • Summer Stipends
    • Equivalent to the prevailing 3-WTU Vacant Rate to support a recipient in continuance of scholarly and creative activity during the summer. A recipient of a summer stipend may not be employed in summer session during the stipend period.

Faculty members receiving new faculty reassigned time are only eligible to apply for Faculty Small Grants.  Each college review committee, the college dean, and the university MGSS committee will review and provide recommendations.  FY2019-20 application starts:  Monday, September 24, 2018 (via Info-Ready); Deadline:  Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 5pm.

Summer Student Research Assistantships (SSRA)

COMPETITION INFORMATION: Award competition and guidelines is announced via Info-Ready Research Competition Space beginning November 26th, 2018. 

Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is pleased to support Student Research Assistantship Program every summer.

This program is designed to encourage student participation in a broad range of scholarly and academic activities and is open to eligible undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines and academic areas of study.  The assistantship provides financial support during the 2019 summer intersession months to undertake full-time research and scholarly activities in collaboration with a Faculty Research Mentor (Tenured Faculty, or Lecturer with a Tenured Faculty/Department Chair as Co-Mentor).  Research Mentors are expected to meet regularly with their assistant and provide a blend of supervision that provides directed guidance with scope for initiative and independent thought. .

Due to the competitive nature of this award, a Faculty mentor may only nominate up to 2 students.  If two students are nominated, the Faculty mentor must rank the two students. Application starts: Monday, November 26, 2018 (via Info-Ready); Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019 @ 5pm.

ORSP Internal Research Grants

COMPETITION INFORMATION: Award competition and timeline will be announced via Info-Ready Research Competition Space during the Academic Year Spring Session.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is accepting proposals for internal grants to help faculty prepare proposals for major external funding. ORSP encourages multidisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships.

Type of research proposals for funding:

  • Multidisciplinary Research - Multiple PIs

This grant program is open to CSULB tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Past award recipients must have submitted both a final report and a full length, external grant application through ORSP based upon the award in order to be eligible for funding.  Application starts:  February 22, 2019 (via Info-Ready); Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019.