Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Program

The Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) grant program provides support to faculty for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. This award may be in the form of release time, a summer stipend, or funds to support their RSCA. Faculty who receive funding through this program are expected to share their accomplishments at a campus-wide event and will be expected to serve as a resource for prospective applicants.

Who is eligible for funding?

Unit 3 Faculty.  

Only one proposal per faculty member may be submitted.  Collaborative proposals submitted by more than one faculty member will be considered.  In such cases, each faculty member should write their own proposal independently describing the joint effort in general and their particular contribution in greater detail.  Indicate whether the project can go forward if only one faculty member's proposal is funded.

How much funding is available?

Lecturers: May apply for summer salary award (capped at $5,000 for July 2017 or June 2018) or for funds to support their RSCA (capped at $5,000, see Budget Form)
Tenure-track (probationary) and tenured faculty: May apply for release time (0.2 for Fall or Spring), a summer salary award (capped at $5,000 for July 2017 or June 2018), or for funds to support their RSCA (capped at $5,000, see Budget Form)

The summer salary award is considered salary and is taxed by the IRS and State.  This is an award and it is supplemental and taxed differently from a regular monthly salary check.  For example, previous awards were taxed at 25% Federal and 6.6% State plus Social Security and Medicare taxes.  Faculty members who receive this summer salary may not accept additional employment funded by the CSU or CSU auxiliaries (i.e., no summer sessions, extensions or grant salaries, etc.) during the month of the award.

When can I apply for funding?

Typically March of each academic year.

How do I apply for funding?

Eligible faculty can apply for funding through InfoReady.  Instructions on how to use InfoReady, please refer to the InfoReady Procedures - Applying for a Competition (PDF).

Funding Requirements?

Proposals must contain the following:

  • A completed online application
  • A proposal narrative (not to exceed 3 pages, and written in a style that is easily accessible to a reviewer from outside the author’s discipline or area of expertise) that addresses the following elements:
    • Statement of need/problem to be addressed and likely contribution to the discipline;
    • Description of the scope of work for the proposed project including methodology;
    • Plan for dissemination and/or seeking of external funding;
    • Draft timeline;
    • Brief budget justification; and
    • References/works cited, as appropriate (counted as part of the 3-page limit)
  • A Budget Form (only if requesting funds to support RSCA, not needed for a summer salary award or release time request)

Funding Screening Criteria?

Proposals will be evaluated by faculty committees with representation from all colleges and the Library.  Lecturer and tenure-track faculty proposals are considered separately from tenured faculty proposals.  The following criteria will be considered:

  • Clarity of the proposal
  • Completeness of the proposal
  • Contribution to knowledge and scholarship in the discipline
  • Likely educational impact on students
  • Feasibility of the proposed activity within the timeline
  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget

When is funding approved?

Typically late May of each academic year.

How do I get support?

If you have questions about the Central RSCA Program, please contact the Office of Research in care of Research AVP Pamela Stacks at pamela.stacks@sjsu.edu (phone: 408-924-2488) or Associate Dean of Research Gilles Muller at gilles.muller@sjsu.edu (phone: 408-924-2632).

For any matters related to the InfoReady submission, please contact the Office of Research in care of Analyst Jeanine Jones at jeanine.jones@sjsu.edu (phone:408-924-3355).

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