Grants Academy

The Grants Academy is a series of specialized supports for a small group of selected human services scholars who commit to writing a moderate-to-large sized grant over the course of the academic year. Participants are selected through an application process from Schools and Departments across CASA. 


  • Monthly informational working seminars with University grant writing specialists
  • Statistical or research consultation as needed for proposal completion
  • Mentoring by a successful SJSU faculty grant-writer
  • $500 incentive upon grant submission
  • Peer support and accountability
  • Detailed critical review of proposal by senior scholar in the field

The 2011-2012 Grants Academy

The CARHS Grants Academy in 2011-2012 was a great success! Six of the 7 participants completed a substantial proposal through the process, and 3 submitted them to funders, including NIH and DOJ. Participants universally reported benefiting greatly from the Academy experience:

“The Grants Academy was fantastic. I learned a lot of substantive material but also developed the confidence to apply for bigger grants.”

“VERY USEFUL! The knowledge I gained from this experience has helped me come up with a realistic, sustainable (hopefully) plan for research at SJSU.”

“The Grants Academy is an amazing support for grant writing. I have found every session helpful and the resources and support provided have been instrumental in helping me complete a grant proposal.”

“Very helpful. Excellent information & accountability to complete a grant application."

Grants Academy Participants, 2011-2012

  • Deepika Goyal, Associate Professor, Nursing. Proposed project: "Testing an infant-based behavioral intervention to minimize sleep disruption experienced by new parents."
  • Brian Grossman, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences. Proposed project: "Interstate variation in Medicaid policy."
  • Danielle Harris, Assistant Professor, Justice Studies. Proposed project: "Desistance from sexual offending: Protective factors across the life span."
  • Jay Johnson, Assistant Professor, Kinesiology. Proposed project: "A qualitative Photovoice community involvement research study examining youth (dis)engagement with activity spaces."
  • Kasuen Mauldin, Assistant Professor, Nutrition Food Science and Packaging. Proposed project: "Translational research for the prevention of gestational diabetes in high-risk pregnant women."
  • Kathy Lemon, Associate Professor, Social Work. Proposed project: "The influence of family, system, and service characteristics on family reunification among Mexican immigrant families involved in the child welfare system."
  • Peggy Plato, Associate Professor, Kinesiology. Proposed project: "The effect of nonexercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT) on cardiometabolic risk biomarkers."

Grants Academy Mentors, 2011-2012

  • Craig Clements, Assistant Professor, Meteorology and Climate Science
  • Marc D'Alarco, Professor, Chemistry
  • Sadhna Diwan, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Laurie Drabble, Associate Professor, Social Work
  • Camille Johnson, Associate Professor, Organization and Management
  • Ginny Rhee, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Brandon White, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences