Research Foundation History

Supporting SJSU's Pursuit of Research

In 1932, the San José State University Research Foundation's first project was the construction of the original football stadium. Franklin Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration provided the labor, then U.S. Senator James Duvel Phelan contributed the land, and materials were contributed by our students and what was then San José State College.

The Research Foundation's second large project during those Depression years was the reacquisition of the land at the corner of Fourth and San Fernando Streets from the City of San José which had constructed its Carnegie Library there. At that same corner today, stands the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, a joint project of the University and the city of San José. A state-of-the-art facility, the library opened its doors in August of 2003, and is the first cooperatively run library in the nation.

Those early projects were the beginning of the Research Foundation's long and successful history of managing externally-funded projects on behalf of San José State University. Today the Research Foundation employs 1,300 and has annual revenues of $74 million. Of that total, $41 million in federal, state, and private funding supports SJSU's expanding research enterprise, placing San José State among the top 200 universities in the country for total R&D expenditures.

A 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, the SJSU Research Foundation provides an entrepreneurial management structure through which the campus carries out essential specialized research activities not normally supported by the state budget. Our central administration provides a comprehensive business infrastructure and professional services that make it possible for our faculty to focus more on research and project deliverables, and less on administrative details.

The Research Foundation's commitment to superior service has never been stronger. We invite faculty, as well as current and prospective sponsors and donors, to partner with us to pursue new discoveries and find solutions to real-world problems.