Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant 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 assigned time, a summer fellowship salary and/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?

One of the options below:

  • 0.2 Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 assigned time*
  • 0.2 Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 assigned time*, and up to $2,500 in RSCA-related expenses
  • $5,000 fellowship salary award**, July 2018 or June 2019
  • $5,000 fellowship salary award**, July 2018 or June 2019, and up to $2,500 in RSCA-related expenses
  • up to $5,000 in RSCA-related expenses

*   Assigned Time option is available to tenured and tenure-track faculty only. Assigned time should be coordinated in consultation with your Department Chair/School Director to ensure that both you and your Department Chair/School Director have the same understanding.

**  Fellowship salary award option is available to Unit 3 Faculty members with a Semester appointment, an Academic Year (AY) appointment, or a 12-month faculty appointment of .8 or less.  The fellowship 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.

When can I apply for funding?

Spring 2018 applications must be submitted via InfoReady by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018.

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)

Please write the narrative in a style that is easily accessible to a reviewer from outside the author’s discipline or area of expertise.

  • 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 (i.e., consistent with the narrative)

When is funding approved?

Typically late May of each academic year.

How do I get support?

If you have questions about the Central RSCA Grant 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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