Internal CSULB Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development in collaboration with the Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to support the following Award Opportunities.


Award Competition Timelines PDF


TT/T Faculty including Librarians, Counselors, & Coaches

Full-time Lecturer Faculty

Part-time Lecturer Faculty

Probationary Faculty w/ New Faculty Reassigned Time

Mini Grants*





Summer Stipends*





Reassigned Time*





Faculty Small Grants*





ORED Multidisciplinary Grants








Summer Student Research Assistantship










*Faculty can only accept one of these awards

**Joint proposal with TT/T Faculty required

ORED Workshop Information for Multidisciplinary Research Grants and Summer Student Research Assistantships (PDF)

Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Economic Development, 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 2024 summer intersession months to undertake full-time research and scholarly activities in collaboration with a Faculty Research Mentor (Tenured/tenure track faculty, or Lecturer with a Tenured/tenure track 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. Faculty mentors are highly encouraged to complete the Beach Mentor program. For more information on the Beach Mentor Program, visit their webpage.

Faculty Mentors are also required to enter their ORCiD number in the application. 

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. Please log-in to Info Ready to submit your application beginning Monday, October 30, 2023.  SSRA application submission ends by Friday, December 1, 2023, by 5pm.

Click here to view 2024 Summer Student Research Assistantship (PDF) guide.

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

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 ORED based upon the award in order to be eligible for funding. 

Please see the attached RFP for further information on how to apply, as well as the criteria that needs to be included in your application package: 

RFP for 2023 - 2024 Multidisciplinary Grant Requirements (PDF)

Please log-in to Info Ready to submit your application beginning Monday, November 6, 2023.  Multidisciplinary grant application submission ends by Friday, December 15, 2023, by 5pm.


The Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to support Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) and Mini Grants and Summer Stipends (MGSS).

When funds are available, a faculty member is allowed to receive only one award—a summer stipend, a mini-grant, reassigned time, or a faculty small grant—in a given year under the Academic Senate policy. The deadline for RSCA awards and faculty small grants will be set by the college.  Application timeline and process will be announced during the Fall Session of the Academic Year. Please see Academic Senate Policy 19-03 §3.1 for details.


The Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support RSCA for FY 2023 - 2024.

A faculty member is allowed to receive only one award—a summer stipend, a mini-grant, reassigned time, or a faculty small grant—in a given year under this policy. The deadline for RSCA awards and faculty small grants will be set by the college. Please see the Academic Senate Policy 19-03 §3.0 for details.

Awards may be used for reassigned time, faculty small grants, or a combination of both equivalent to the Vacant Rate for up to 6 WTU per academic year. Applications for more than 3 WTU require additional justification in the application. Should more than 3 WTU of reassigned time be awarded, the awardee can choose to take the reassigned time all in one semester or distribute the reassigned time over two semesters.

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. Contact your college office regarding application information. RSCA proposals deadlines are TBD per college.

If your college is using the Info-Ready platform to accept proposal applications, please log-in to Info-Ready to find your college RSCA competition page.

ORED Workshop Information on Reassigned Time and Faculty Small Grants (PDF)

The Division of Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Economic Development are pleased to announce the availability of funds to support MGSS for FY 2024-25.  

The Chancellor’s Office will provide system-level funding for Mini-grants and Summer Stipends (MGSS).  

All members of Unit 3 (Faculty, Librarians, Coaches, and Counselors) not receiving new faculty reassigned time are eligible to compete for MGSS awards. Faculty members with 12-month full-time appointments are not eligible for summer stipends. Summer stipend applicants may not have additional employment in the CSU or an auxiliary equivalent to 6 WTUs or more during the summer.

Support will be available in the form of:  


  • Not to exceed $5000, 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. An applicant or recipient of a summer stipend may not be employed for 6WTU or more in summer session during the stipend period. 

Each college review committee, the college dean, and the university MGSS committee will review and provide recommendations.  

For research and scholarly projects that seek to disrupt anti-Black racism and/or promote racial equity, please clearly indicate this goal in the application. 

MGSS Applications will be submitted, reviewed, and awarded via Info-Ready, an online Research Competition Space. MGSS Applicants are required to enter their ORCiD account number as a required information on InfoReady.  Please visit ORCiD for more information. 

Please log-in to Info Ready to submit your application beginning Monday, September 18, 2023.  MGSS application submission ends by November 3, 2023, by 5pm. 

A faculty member is allowed to receive only one award—a summer stipend, a mini-grant, reassigned time, or a faculty small grant—in a given year under this policy. If the faculty has been awarded an RSCA from their college, they won’t be eligible for an MGSS.  Please see the Academic Senate Policy 19-03 §3.0 for details. 



President-Provost Initiative 2022-23 Focus: Racial Equity

Background/Scope of Funding

The University seeks proposals for Faculty Research Awards to promote Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (FRA-EDI) for AY 2022-23. Through this program, we encourage and accept proposals which aim to investigate issues of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion on the CSU Long Beach campus and/or our immediate geographical region that support student access and success.

For the purpose of this program, we are using the following definition of Equity adopted by the CSULB President’s Equity and Change Commission (PECC):

Crafting solutions that meet the needs of different groups based on their histories and access to resources -outcomes oriented (different than equality or sameness; equity deals with specificity). Equity is unfair- deliberately and intentionally so to lead to the outcome of fairness by considering different starting places. (USC, Equity Now! Fall 2020; Adopted by the CSULB PECC)

The goals of the inaugural issue of the new FRA-EDI program feature reliance upon our significant Beach intellectual capital to interrogate campus processes, programming, practices, policies, and norms through a racial EDI lens. The new program supports opportunities to examine the broader scholarship of racial EDI in all disciplines, which can prove valuable in many ways, such as how the campus approaches faculty, staff and student recruitment, retention and success; valuation of teaching, scholarship and service; and knowledge contributed by the Beach to broader national conversations around racial EDI in higher education. Finally, the new program provides a process to explore ways for the Beach academic community to engage in strategic partnerships within the greater Long Beach Community as mutual partners for public good. Results of the research should ultimately help stimulate evidence-based directions toward achieving our campus racial equity goals. Following the inaugural 2021-22 FRA-EDI, other/additional scopes of focus can be considered.

Proposals with merit will be considered from across 4 themes. Preference points should be considered for proposals submitted promote and accelerate discovery with potential for direct campus racial EDI impact and/or demonstrate alignment with and potential to advance targeted Beach 2030 Action Plan(s).

Project Themes

  1. EDI Campus Programming - describe development and evaluation of programming with high scalable potential to advance campus goals toward equity, anti-racism and social justice within the Beach community
  2. EDI Campus Information - use institutional data or collect new data to unpack issues of inequity around student enrollment; persistence; engagement; course and degree completion patterns; Beach faculty, student and employee experiences, or gaps in institutional inclusiveness
  3. EDI Scholarship Across Disciplines – engage in unique scholarship that examines racial EDI processes, norms, practices across disciplines
  4. EDI Partnerships – describe exploration, development and evaluation of high promise partnership concepts with LBC and surrounding community entities toward promoting shared investment in various educational and entrepreneurial racial equity opportunities between CSULB and the community

Review Process

Ten (10) awards of maximum $15,000 will be funded. Participants in this grant program must be a CSULB tenured or tenure-track faculty member. Allowable expenses include faculty assigned time up to 6 WTUs; materials and supplies; data services; publication costs; allowable travel. The award period is for one academic year, renewable to a maximum of 2 years through no-cost extension.

Each academic college will develop and administer the proposal review process for FRA-EDI. One FRA-EDI award will be granted to Business, Education, Engineering, Health and Human Services, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Arts and the University Library.. An additional FRA-EDI award will be provided to Liberal Arts and Health and Human Services as they are larger colleges in terms of FTEF.

It is strongly recommended that each college review committee consists of a diverse group of faculty with representation of professorial rank, race and ethnicity, and gender. They must be committed to advancing the campus EDI goals.

Proposal Guidelines

Proposals will be limited to five (5) narrative pages with the following proposal components:

  • Project Title
  • FRA-EDI Theme # (1 – 4)
  • Introduction/Background
    • Significance - Please describe the problem that your project is seeking to address. Feel free to include support information such as data, evidence-based practices that demonstrate the need for the project.
    • Project goal/s and outcome/s - Please present measurable goal/s and objective/s for the proposed project.
  • Methodology - Please provide a brief overview of the project plan, including proposed approach and/or activities.
  • Addressing Equity issues - Please provide a brief narrative on the anticipated impact that the project’s outcome/s are expected to impact/advance the FRA-EDI theme selected for the proposal.
  • Sustainability After Project Period
    • Potential for external funding - 1) Briefly describe the potential for project outcomes to serve as preliminary data or other foundation within external funding initiatives or 2) not applicable.
    • Potential institutional scalability - 1) Briefly describe the potential for scaled campus implementation, including resources, personnel, infrastructure etc. to support success or 2) not applicable.
  • Budget and budget justification

Budget Guidelines

Proposal Budget Template-FRA-EDI

Final Report Submission 

Final Report is due on October 30 the following year, to be submitted to Academic Affairs, Attn: Provost Scissum-Gunn. There is no required format or template. 

To view the 2022 - 2023 FRA-EDI Award Recipients, visit the President & Provost Initiative: Faculty Research Awards in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion webpage.