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Internal Funding Opportunities

Below is a list of internal grants available through California State University System, CSUS campus, and the NSM College. Click on the grants below to read descriptions regarding to the purpose and requirements of each grant. Please refer to the website of each grant for application deadlines.

The list of internal grants will be updated periodically so please check back frequently for updates on new available grants, submission process, and the appropriate guidelines.

Internal funding opportunities from your individual department:

Please check with your department chair. Each department may have its own internal funding opportunity for faculty, especially for junior faculty.

Internal funding opportunities from College of NSM

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Awards.

This is a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students. However, a faculty mentor needs to be involved in the application (a separate file is attached). Project Grants will be available for up to $500 for supplies, equipment, services and travel directly related to activities for approved research projects. Stipends of $500 per week will be available for undergraduate students working on approved research projects full-time for 4-10 weeks during the summer. Students who receive the stipends can enroll in no more than one course and cannot have other employment while receiving the full stipend. Deadline for the application is generally in the month of March each Spring semester and updates will be posted frequently.

Internal Funding Opportunities From CSU System:

California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB):

CSUPERB provides several different types of grants for faculty and students. Please visit the CSUPERB website for descriptions, deadlines, and others.

California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST):

There are several funding opportunities for faculty and students. The deadlines vary based on the proposal types. You can get online to learn the details. The Sacramento State campus representatives are: Drs. Ron Coleman, Amy Wagner, Tim Davidson, and Dean Joanna Mott.

CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST)

Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI):

Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI)

If you are conducting Water related research and training, you may consider applying. This program mainly provide funds for training and student internships. For details on WRPI funding opportunities and deadlines, please visit WRPI website. Contact the WRPI staff if you have further questions:

  • Suzie Earp, Interim Director / Collections Manager / Water Historian, 909.537.7683
  • Steven Keough, Administrative Support Coordinator / Business Manager, 909.537.7681
  • Nicole Barnhart, Administrative Assistant 909.537.7681

Internal funding opportunities from Sacramento State campus:

Incentive for Developing External Awards (IDEA) Program

The purpose of The IDEA Program is to provide an incentive to individual faculty members to write a competitive grant proposal for external funding to further their research,

scholarly and/or creative activity at Sacramento State. For more details, please check on the ORIED website

Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Faculty Awards Program

The purpose of the RCA Awards Program is to support faculty research, scholarly, and creative activity, and to encourage faculty contributions to their disciplines. This program is funded in part through the CSU Chancellor's Office and Academic Affairs. It is administered by the RCA Subcommittee with support from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. The details, such as eligibility, funding limit, deadlines, etc. can be found on the RCA website.

Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Faculty Awards Program

  • The main RCA award program. All Unit 3 faculty are eligible and encourage to apply, including full-time faculty, part-time faculty, temporary faculty, probationary and tenured faculty, lecturers, coaches, librarians, and counselors, as outlined in the Unit 3 Bargaining Agreement. The main RCA award program

  • University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty:

    This award was established in 1961 and is given annually to a Sacramento State faculty member who, over many years has made significant contributions to their discipline through scholarly activity, research and publication, or creative and artistic endeavors. The award includes a professional development grant of $2,500 and three units of release time from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty

  • University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty:

    This award was established in 1989 and is given each year to recognize a colleague who has made significant contributions to their discipline through scholarly activity, research and publication, or creative and artistic endeavors. The award includes a professional development grant of $2,500 and three units of release time from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development. Faculty who are eligible for the award must be tenured or tenure-track faculty within the first ten years of their appointment and three of the past five years must have been spent at Sacramento State. University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty

ASI External Grants

Associated Students, Incorporated, (ASI) is providing the funds. The goal is to provide funding to foster campus life through the combined efforts of various programs and organizations throughout campus. Each fiscal year ASI allocates funds, which are to be disbursed to those on-campus programs that are dedicated to our common goal of serving the students. Please see the funded programs on the website.

ASI External Grants

ASI/IRA award

This is the ASI managed Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) fund. Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) funds provide support for essential educational experiences and activities that aid and supplement the fundamental mission of the University. Please read details on the IRA website.

ASI/IRA award

Faculty Research Fellows Program

The Faculty Research Fellows Program (FRFP) links the policy research resources of the California State University with the policy research needs of the legislative and executive branches of state government. The program provide fund annually and the next deadline has not been posted yet. Please check the RFPs for the due dates or contact Steve Boilard, Executive Director, Center for California Studies.

Faculty Research Fellows Program

Pedagogy Enhancement Awards

Provide funds through the Center for Teaching and Learning to support faculty to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Sacramento State. Please see the link for more information.

Pedagogy Enhancement Awards

Probationary Faculty Development Grant:

The Probationary Faculty Development Grant Program provides funding for 3 units of assigned time to assist probationary and tenure-track faculty members, in their first through fifth years, meet the qualifications for retention, tenure, or promotion. Tenure-track faculty members who have not previously received awards under this program are particularly encouraged to apply. Please read the online guidelines for more details. For deadlines, please contact Carlotta Moore, the Program Coordinator. Phone: (916) 278-3834.

UEI Campus Grant Program

The program funds projects that are innovative, have a demonstrable need and clearly benefit Sacramento State students, faculty and/or staff. The deadline for the proposal has not been posted yet. Please contact Michael Calvillo at UEI. Phone: (916) 278-4589.

UEI Campus Grant Program

Faculty Development Grants from Sacramento State Retirees Association

In 2013 the Retirees Association Board established a Faculty Development Grant award program to recognize the research and scholarly activity of probationary faculty. Only non-tenured assistant professors are eligible for consideration to receive this award. Two awards of $500, are given each spring semester to assist recipients in continuing their research. Please read online for details on the nomination and selection process.

Faculty Development Grants from Sacramento State Retirees Association

Academically Related Activities (ARA) and Student Academic Development (SAD) Grants

These are funds to support students to present at professional conferences. Please encourage your students to apply. Please read details for the eligibility of students, application deadline, etc. Please advise your students to apply as soon as they know they will be attending the conference since the funds will be distributed as “ first come, first serve” basis. Please also note that the funds cannot be used for traveling to the sates listed on the CA state travel ban list. (The complete list of affected states is maintained on the California State Attorney General’s website).

Academically Related Activities (ARA) and Student Academic Development (SAD) Grants