Grant Support

The Office of Research, the Center for Faculty Development, the SJSU Research Foundation, and the SJSU Tower Foundation collaborate to offer a variety of programs and resources designed to assist faculty in honing their research interests, identifying funding sources, and crafting grant proposals. The support and services provided by each of these offices is listed below. Some services may overlap because each office may be responsible for different aspects of processing a grant application or we may work together to provide instructional materials.


Office of Research Support and Services

Proposal Development Support: Promoting RSCA Success

The Office of Research strives to support the development of individual and collaborative RSCA efforts throughout the grant development process. The flyer is available here (PDF).


Central Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Program

The RSCA grant program provides support to all Unit 3 faculty for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. The award may be in the form of release time, a summer stipend, or funds. Faculty who receive funding through this program are expected to share their accomplishments at a campus-wide event and will also be expected to serve as a resource for prospective applicants. The forms needed to apply for the grant are as follows:


Information Regarding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

The Jan. 10, 2017 information regarding non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) e-mail from Pamela C. Stacks, AVP, Office of Research, is available here (PDF).


Non-Binding Agreements (aka Letters of Intent)

The SJSU Letter of Intent is a non-binding document signed by both parties as a statement of partnership and a first step toward developing binding agreements.

The Office of Research facilitates the domestic partnerships whereas the College of International and Extended Studies (CIES) coordinates international partnerships as highlighted on the CIES webpage found here.

Letter of Intent Template Sample for Domestic Partners (PDF) (Contact Info: AVP for Research Pamela C. Stacks and/or Associate Dean of Research Gilles Muller) 

Letter of Intent Template Sample for International Partners (PDF) (please refer to the CIES Webpage for instructions and guidelines)


University Grants Academy

The University Grants Academy (UGA) supports faculty members from across the campus to write an external grant proposal over the spring semester to fund their RSCA. The UGA is a developmental experience designed for faculty members new to external grant-writing; T/TT faculty members who have not yet received major external grants are eligible to apply.


Fall 2016 SJSU RSCA-Related Grant Writing Workshops

The Fall 2016 SJSU RSCA-Related Grant Writing Workshops are developed as one component of the UGA in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), the Office of Research (OR), the Tower Foundation/University Advancement, and the Research Foundation (RF).


Faculty Training

Grant Writing Tips 
This “tips guide” provides information on how to write a successful grant, focusing on applications by SJSU faculty to the National Institute of Health in particular.

Research Compliance Training Courses
Find out about training courses related to responsible conduct of research, including required courses in human subjects research, animal care and use, and conflict of interest.

Center for Faculty Development Support and Services

The Center for Faculty Development provides grant writing support through topic-centered working groups and other workshops.

SJSU Research Foundation Support and Services

The SJSU Research Foundation manages externally-funded projects on behalf of SJSU and provides the following grant-related resources:

Funding Opportunities

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.

Project Administration Guide

This valuable guide outlines general responsibilities, presents an overview of project managements and provides PIs and their staff with policies, documentation and forms. This guide is a must-read for those starting the grant process for the first time.

Sponsored Program Managers

Each of the Research Foundation's sponsored programs managers is responsible for supporting grant information for faculty members in one or more specific colleges or programs.

Research Foundation Workshops

The Research Foundation regularly presents workshops on grant development, grant writing, and research compliance training for SJSU faculty and staff.


SJSU Tower Foundation Support and Services

Part of the University Advancement Division, the Tower Foundation is SJSU's auxiliary organization dedicated solely to philanthropy. Tower assists with the development, administration and banking of SJSU philanthropic donations from alumni, friends of the university, corporations and foundations.  The University's Corporate & Foundation Relations team collaborates with faculty and the Tower Foundation on creation and submission of gift and grant proposals to corporations and foundations.


CSU Support and Services

Funding opportunities are also available through CSU Affinity Groups: