Skip to Main Content

The Offices of Research, Innovation & Economic Development Sacramento State

Support Page Content

Find Funding

Resources for identifying potential sources of support for research and scholarly activities led by Sacramento State faculty and staff.

Searchable Funding Databases

  • Pivot Sacramento State provides a subscription to Pivot to enable researchers to find funding opportunities. Pivot is a searchable database of grants, funding opportunities, scholarships, and calls for papers across all disciplines. You can create a profile, search the database and create email alerts. PIVOT also allows you to search over 3 million user profiles to find future potential collaborators. The first step is to claim and complete your profile. You can learn more about Pivot and getting started here.
  • GRANTSEARCH contains over 1,500 funding opportunities that support academic activities such as research, education, training, fellowships, program or curriculum development, and/or equipment acquisition. Most programs in GrantSearch are cyclical (funded every year) and the database excludes solicitations that are limited to a specific region, that make fewer than three awards annually, and for which higher education institutions are not eligible to apply or partner. To access GrantSearch, create an individual user account here. Note: When creating an account, for Institute Name please select the following from the drop down: California State University, Sacramento. Do not create new variations of the campus’ name as that will block access.
students study STEM

Funding Newsletters

  • Grants Resource Center (GRC) The GRC provides three regular publications to members with federal and private funding opportunity alerts, federal meeting coverage, and successful proposal development strategies and advice. To access GRC's publications, create an individual user account here. Note: When creating an account, for Institute Name please select the following from the drop down: California State University, Sacramento. Do not create new variations of the campus’ name as that will block access.
  • Research Development & Grant Writing News outlines proven strategies that can be used to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foudnations. To sign up to receive it monthly, email ORIED at Click here to View Archived Newsletter Issues.

 CSU System Support  

Sacramento State Campus Support

  • The Incentive for Developing External Awards (IDEA) provides incentive funds for faculty to seek external funding to kick start their scholarly and/or creative activity.
  • Research Enhanced Support Grant provides seed funding to faculty to support preliminary/exploratory work that will contribute new knowledge or novel scholarship to their discipline while deepening their transformational impact on, and with students. RESG competitions will be held in spring for funding in the following academic year. 2024 RESG Awardees
  • Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Faculty Awards Program supports faculty research, scholarly, and creative activity, and faculty contributions to their discipline. All Unit 3 faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply. Next Deadline: annually in December.
  • University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty (formerly the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award) recognizes tenured and tenure track faculty who have been at Sacramento State for at least ten academic years and who have, over many years, made significant contributions to a discipline through research, scholarly activity, creative/artistic endeavors, and publications.
  • University Award for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for Early Career Faculty (formerly the President's Award) honors a Sacramento State faculty member who has made significant contributions over the last five years to their discipline.
  • Academically Related Activities (ARA) Student Travel Fund provides funds to students who are presenting papers at scholarly and professional conferences, selected for competition to perform musical or dramatic pieces, or invited by a recognized gallery to exhibit artistic works.
  • Anchor University Grants Program support students, staff, and faculty members undertaking community projects related to the University’s anchor mission. Encouraged to apply are those starting or sustaining projects that focus on community partnerships and community-based research that will improve the long-term welfare of people in the Sacramento region.
  • ASI External Grants fund on-campus programs that support and serve Sacramento State students.
  • Faculty Research Fellows Program (FRFP) links the policy research resources of California State University with the policy research needs of the legislative and executive branches of state government. Administered by the Center for California Studies, FRFP distributes over $80,000 annually.
  • Faculty Development Grants recognize the research and scholarly activity of probationary faculty. Only non-tenured assistant professors are eligible for consideration to received this award. Two awards of $500 are given each Spring semester to assist awardees in their research.
  • Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) grants support educational experiences that supplement activities sponsored by an academic department or discipline.
  • Pedagogy Enhancement Awards offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning support faculty to improve the quality of teaching and learning at Sacramento State.
  • Probationary Faculty Development Grant provides funding for 3 units of assigned time for Spring semester to assist probationary and tenure-track faculty members meet the qualifications for retention, tenure, or promotion.
  • Student Academic Development (SAD) funds support activities that extend students’ educational experiences including attendance at a professional meeting or workshop, development of a special curriculum-related project or presentation, and participation in an academic competition or artistic performance.
  • UEI Campus Grant Program funds projects that are innovative, have a demonstrable need and clearly benefit Sacramento State students, faculty and/or staff.