Workshops Spring 2016

February 16 – NSF Framework for Improving STEM Education

Location: MLK Library, Room 255/257
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) includes in its goal support for fundamental science and engineering and is tasked with keeping the United States at the leading edge of discovery in a wide range of scientific areas, from astronomy to zoology. In addition to funding research in the traditional academic areas, the agency also supports “high risk, high pay off ideas, and novel collaborations.” During this informative workshop, Dr. Ferdinand Rivera, SJSU Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Professor of Mathematics Statistics and (part time) NSF Program Director, will provide an overview of the NSF Education Directorate’s strategic goals and framework that are designed to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and nurture innovation.

NSF Framework for Improving STEM Education Presentation


March 10 – Managing Your Funded Projects

Location: MLK Library, Room 255/257
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Now that a sponsor has funded your project you are ready to get started, but you suddenly realize you have questions about funds management and project administration. How do I manage my budget successfully? How do I recruit and hire staff for my project? What about compliance issues? Animal subjects or human subjects? Labor laws? How do I obtain travel approval? How do I purchase supplies for my project or pay my vendors? This informative workshop will cover essential elements of externally-funded project administration from beginning to end. Meet the knowledgeable SJSU Research Foundation administrators who will support you throughout the lifecycle of your project including members from Post-Award, Accounts Payable, and Human Resources.

Managing Your Funded Projects Presentation


April 22 – Budget Basics—Developing Budgets for a Successful Proposal

Location: MLK Library, Room 255/257
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.

An important part of writing a successful grant proposal is developing a budget that clearly expresses the cost of your research project. Where do you begin when creating your budget? For example, do you plan to hire students, purchase supplies, rent space, or attend conferences? How will these costs affect your proposed budget? This workshop will be a step-by-step primer on the components of a proposal budget and how best to build a budget in response to a request for proposal (RFP). Each of the major line items in a typical budget will be discussed in detail. Important topics such as salaries, cost-sharing, facilities and administrative costs, and allowable costs will be addressed.

Budget Basics—Developing Budgets for a Successful Proposal Presentation

Cost Sharing Policy and Procedures
Application of Fringe Benefit Rates Chart
Cost-Share Commitment
Facilities and Administrative Costs FAQs
Budget Template
3rd Party In-kind Letter Template
Budget Justification Template
Direct Costs
SF424R_PHS398 Modular Budget Sample
SF424R-R Budget Sample
CSU Additional Employment Policy Document
Stipends Decision Tree


May 12 – Proposal Review Process Revealed

Location: MLK Library, Room 255/257
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As an experienced successful principal investigator and reviewer for federal agencies Dr. Marc d’Alarcao, Associate Dean for Research, College of Science and Chemistry Professor, will provide an inside look at federal proposal review sessions. During this workshop
Dr. d’Alarcao will provide insight on how to best position your proposal for success during evaluation.

Proposal Review Process Revealed Presentation