Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research, the Center for Faculty Development, the SJSU Research Foundation, and the SJSU Tower Foundation collaborate together to offer a variety of programs and resources designed to assist students and faculty in honing their research interests. Below are the research funding options that are available for students and faculty, please visit each page for detailed funding information: 

San Jose State University Funding Opportunities

Program Eligibilty Due Date

Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Program
Provides support to faculty for their research, scholarship, and creative activities.

Unit 3 Faculty Typically March

Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association RSCA Award
Provides support for scholarly research and creative activity to advance the careers of faculty applicants.

Lecturers with more than 6 years of continuous service to SJSU, tenure-track faculty and tenured faculty Typically December

Explorations in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (ExRSCA)
Provide opportunities for faculty to include undergraduate students in their research and scholarly and creative activities.

Undergraduate Students currently enrolled with a faculty advisor Typically late Fall semester of the academic year

Faculty Diversity Development Research, Curricular and Creative Activities
Provides support to lecturers, tenure-track and tenured faculty for their research, curricular and creative activities.

Lecturers, tenure-track and tenured faculty Typically late Fall semester of the academic year

Student Research Competition
Undergraduate and graduate research students have the opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as SJSU representatives at the annual CSU Student Research Competition.

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in Spring (May 2016), Summer (August 2016), or Fall (December 2016) of prior academic year are eligible. Typically February

The Weir/Galm Award Program
Provides assistance to junior faculty in establishing and developing their careers at San Jose State University.

Tenure-track faculty Typically September

Undergraduate Research Grants (URG) Program
Provides support in the involvement of undergraduate research students in the RSCA activities of a faculty.

Undergraduate Students currently enrolled with a faculty mentor Typically April

University Grants Academy (UGA)
Provides supports to faculty members from across the campus to write an external grant proposal over the spring semester to fund their RSCA.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty who have not yet received major external grants Typically late Fall semester of the academic year


California State University Funding Opportunities

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

Promotes research and education to advance our knowledge of marine and coastal resources and the processes that affect them and disseminates scientific information to stakeholders for the development of responsible policy statewide.

CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

Provides support for a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to life sciences, physical sciences, clinical sciences, math, computer science, agricultural science, engineering, and business.

CSU Agricultural Research Institute (ARI)

Provides support for agricultural research through partnerships across the agricultural industry and beyond.

Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI)

Provides funding for CSU students and faculty members to develop and submit full proposals to external funding agencies and organizations for water-related research and educational projects.

External Funding Opportunities on behalf of SJSU

SJSU Research Foundation Funding Opportunities

The SJSU Research Foundation manages externally-funded projects on behalf of SJSU. Find out about sources of funding and sign up to receive funding alerts.

In addition to the information provided on the Research Foundation website, please speak with your deans about university funding which may be available to you.