Faculty Research Incentive Grants (FRIG)

The Faculty Research Incentive Grant program was developed by the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development to provide an incentive for faculty to seek external funding and encourage scholarly and/or creative activity. Funds to support this program come from the Academic Affairs portion of recovered indirect costs from current sponsored activity and from University Enterprises, Inc. Applications are invited each fall and spring for the planned submission of a research grant proposal or proposal in response to a formal request for proposals (RFP) that will be due during the following semester (see deadlines section for more details). Funds awarded to FRIG recipients will be made available upon submission of the proposal.

Eligibility: Open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty, and lecturers with multi-year appointments of at least 0.5 time base. Awards will be based on experience serving as a faculty principal investigator (PI/Co-PI) on an externally funded research project and prioritized according to the following criteria:

  1. Probationary faculty who do not have previous experience

  2. Tenured faculty who do not have previous experience

  3. Probationary faculty who have previous experience

  4. Tenured faculty who have previous experience

  5. Lecturers with multi-year appointments of at least 0.5 time base.

Applicants may only receive a FRIG award twice.

Application Requirements: Applicants will be asked to provide details on the planned submission and may provide a letter of support from their department chair (optional) indicating the importance of the proposed project to the applicant’s research agenda, the feasibility within the proposed timeline, and documenting any research support or release time to be provide by the department or college to advance the proposed activity. Applicants must demonstrate through the application that the proposed grant would have a substantial impact on the faculty member’s scholarly and/or creative activity. Applicants must also commit to working with ORIED on the development of the narrative and technical aspects of the proposal.  Applications may be for individual or collaborative projects. Applications must be submitted online at csus.infoready4.com.  

Award Amount: Upon submission of proposal in response to a research grant solicitation or RFP, FRIG recipients will receive $2500 in additional employment or professional development funds OR one WTU of release time (to be used by the end of the following academic year). Only one FRIG award will be made per proposal submission. An award for a collaborative submission will be shared among the co-applicants.

Contact: For any questions, please email research@csus.edu or call 916-278-6402.


Fall 2018 Application Information

Applications for External Grant Submissions between January 1, 2019-July 31, 2019

Applications Open on InfoReady Review: September 1, 2018 

Applications Due: October 1, 2018 by 5pm

Decisions Announced: November 1, 2018


Spring 2019 Application Information

Applications for External Grant Submissions between August 1, 2019-January 31, 2020

Applications Open on InfoReady Review: March 1, 2019

Applications Due: April 1, 2019 by 5pm

Decisions Announced: May 1, 2018