San Jose State University
Tower Hall
September 20, 2022
Greetings from the Office of Research

I hope your semester is going well and you are settling back into the vibrant SJSU campus and community. This month, I want to bring your attention to our Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) forums happening throughout the semester. We offer these forums as a way to showcase the fantastic work of our faculty and students while also providing a platform to connect faculty and students across disciplines.


This fall, we have three types of forums:

  • RSCA Cafés: Thematically based gatherings designed to connect faculty around shared interests. Session 1 of our first café theme, Social Justice and Equity, was well attended and well received, with faculty from all but one college participating. We encourage you to attend the remaining sessions in this theme and/or join future sessions, such as our next session on Sustainable Futures and Human Health.
  • RSCA in Five: Our flagship dissemination series returns this semester with Big Data and Data Science on October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We currently have an exciting lineup of 12 speakers! Our second talk in the series, Community Engaged RSCA, will take place on December 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This programming never fails to highlight the groundbreaking work of SJSU faculty and we look forward to engaging with audience members from external partners this semester.
  • Student RSCA Forums: We are excited to be partnering with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, McNair Scholars, and Undergraduate Education for student-led RSCA panels on timely topics. To hear four accomplished students present their work on COVID-19’s Impact on Vulnerable Populations, join us on September 22 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon in person in Student Union meeting room 3B or via Zoom.

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I look forward to seeing you at these events as we continue to build support for our colleagues and students as they conduct their RSCA to change the world.

Richard Mocarski
Associate Vice President for Research
News from Research Development
Internal SJSU Funding Initiatives
The University Grants Academy (UGA) supports faculty members from across the campus through the process of writing a significant external grant proposal to fund their research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA). Applications for the UGA are due October 24, 2022.
Not sure if you should apply? Reach out to Research Development (RD). We can help you plan your RSCA trajectory, including assistance with determining appropriate timing for participating in the UGA.
Please visit the internal SJSU Internal Funding web page to learn more about the three R&I faculty funding initiatives listed below.
  • The Level-Up Grant – due December 8
  • VPRI Mid-Career Fellowship  due December 8
  • SJSU RSCA Seed Grant Program  due December 8
In case you missed the workshop on  Internal SJSU Funding Initiatives held on August 30, the workshop  recording is now available (Passcode = G@%X0Fs!).

RD Grant Getting Workshop Series

Research Development provides a series of grant getting workshops to help faculty on the path to RSCA funding success. Please note that the fall workshops will be virtual. View the workshop schedule below and click the link(s) to register. A calendar invite with a Zoom link will be sent via email after you RSVP.

Fall Semester

Spring semester 

RSCA in Five Faculty Short Talks for AY2022/23!
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Join us on October 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for  our first Fall 2022 RSCA in Five faculty short talk —  Big Data and Data Science! We live in the world of large and complex sets of data. The multidisciplinary field of data science explores new modes of data-driven discovery in many fields including health, the social sciences, science, and engineering.

This will be a hybrid event — hosted online via Zoom and in person at the SJSU Student Union, Ballroom 3. Food will be served to ballroom attendees.
For Principal Investigators: A Four-Part RSCA Administration Training
Series — February 2023
Management of your personal RSCA enterprise at SJSU can be complex and somewhat challenging. Beginning  February 2023, Research Development (RD), Research Compliance (RC) and the SJSU Research Foundation Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) will offer a four-part workshop series that will equip you with the knowledge you will need to successfully navigate the process.

The series will include the following: (1) planning your lab or RSCA space and mentoring and hiring students, (2) contract negotiation, (3) compliance and ethical issues, and (4) managing your grant post award in compliance with applicable regulations. 
Complete all four virtual workshops to receive a certificate of completion and $500 added to your SJSURF RSCA account. 
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Need Help With Your Funding Search?
Pivot is now SJSU’s go-to tool for finding funding. It is a comprehensive funding opportunities database that features customized funding searches, funding opportunity tracking, deadline alerts, and more. Pivot is available to faculty, staff, and students.

Explore Pivot. You will need to create a new account with your SJSU login information. Do not sign in using the “Institution’s Credentials” option. Workshops are offered to familiarize you with Pivot and its many benefits, including how to the tool to manage your scholarly identity, how to create custom funding searches that align with your specific RSCA interests, and how to identify potential collaborators. 

Plan to Attend a Managing Scholarly Identity and Using Pivot

View the list of scheduled workshops below and register to attend. All workshops will be virtual. A calendar invite with a Zoom link will be sent via email after you RSVP.

Review Curated Searches and Curated Lists 
Searches and lists of strategic funding opportunities of general relevance to SJSU faculty are now available anytime. Sign in to Pivot or access the opportunities via the links below. Opportunities are also posted on our RD General Funding web page.

Arts and Humanities | Education, Economics, and Community Development | Health and Human Sciences and Social Sciences | Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math | SJSU Strategic Grants
Strategic Grants Highlights for the Month
Health and Human Services
NIH | NICHD Research Education Programs (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
$150K | Deadline: September 25, 2022 | January 25, 2023 | May 25, 2023 |
September 25, 2023

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | Health Policy Fellows

$165K (Track 1) | Reference Letters (3) Deadline: November 4, 2022 |  Preliminary Application Deadline: November 7, 2022 | Full Application Deadline (by invitation): February 14, 2023 

Humanities & The Arts
Stanford University | External Fellowships (Humanities Center) $70K-$110K | Deadline: October 1, 2022
Smithsonian Institution (SI) | Fellowship Program (Senior Fellowships for scholars at least seven years beyond the Ph.D.)
$60K | Deadline: November 1, 2022
CalHum | California Documentary Project: R&D | Production | NextGen
$10K-$50K | Deadlines: November 1, 2022 (R&D | Production) | and January 1, 2023 (NextGen)

IMLS | Inspire! Grants for Small Museums (2023)
Museums for America
Museums Empowered: Professional Development Opportunities for Museum Staff
$5K-$250K | Deadline: November 15, 2022

The James Irvine Foundation | Leadership Awards
(The Foundation provides each recipient's organization with a grant of $250,000 and additional resources.)
$250K | ANTICIPATED Deadline: April 29, 2023

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
DOD | Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC) (MSI)
$100K-500K | Deadline: October 15, 2022

AAAS | Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
$80K-105K | Deadline: November 1, 2022

Ford Foundation | Senior Fellowship Program
$85K | Anticipated Deadline: February 1, 2023


Newly Released Limited Submissions 

$3M-$8M | Internal SJSU Deadline: September 30, 2022 | Sponsor Deadline: March 24, 2023
Note: The internal deadline has been extended.

$400K | Internal SJSU Deadline: October 21, 2022 | Sponsor Deadline: December 2, 2022

NSF | Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining) — CIP Proposal
$s two FTEs | Internal SJSU Deadline: November 11, 2022 | Sponsor Deadline: January 19, 2023
Note: There are no restrictions or limits on Pilot or Implementation proposals. Institutions are limited to one CIP proposal per CyberTraining program competition.

NSF | CyberCorps(R) Scholarship Service (SFS)
$2M-$4M | Internal SJSU Deadline: March 31, 2023 | Sponsor Deadline: July 15, 2023
RSCA Tip of the Month
Wondering if a given request for proposals(RFP) aligns with your RSCA? Ask yourself the following four questions:
  • Does the RSCA you want to do or can do truly fit the RFP?
  • Are you prepared with adequate preliminary works to be credible and competitive?
  • Do you have enough time to prepare a polished proposal?
  • Does it fit into your long-term RSCA strategic objectives?
If you answered no to one or more of these questions you may want to find another RFP or wait for the next round. If you are unsure, contact Research Development!

Research Compliance News

RSVP Now for Chemical SOP Workshops
Do you need assistance writing Chemical Standard Operating Procedures for your RSCA, teaching, or fieldwork? EH&S and the Office of Research are hosting SOP writing workshops both virtually and in-person. Please email to RSVP and a calendar invite with location information or a Zoom link will be sent to you.

In person and virtual workshops: Tuesdays from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Virtual only workshops: Wednesdays from Noon to  1:00 p.m.

Research Using Stem Cells
Research involving stem cells has tremendous innovative potential, but is governed by a confusing network of regulations.

At the federal level, it is important to note that federal funds may not be used, either by an awardee or a subrecipient, for research using human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines that are not listed on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry. Furthermore, even if the hESCs are from an eligible source, researchers may not use federal funds for research that introduces any human stem cells into non-human primate blastocysts, or research that involves the breeding of animals where any introduced human stem cells may contribute to the germ line.

In California, human embryonic stem cells are regulated by the California Health and Safety Code, Section 125119(a)(1), which requires research involving the derivation or use of hESCs to be reviewed and approved by a stem cell research oversight committee.

In contrast, research involving human adult stem cells (e.g., mesenchymal stem cells, hematopoietic stem cells, neural stem cells) or induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs, or human somatic cells that are capable of dividing without differentiation in culture) only requires review by the stem cell research oversight committee if the research is funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Finally, it is important to know that research with non-human stem cells is exempt from the regulations discussed above, but still requires IACUC approval.

Still unclear about what regulations apply to your proposed research? Contact the Research Compliance Unit for guidance. You may also want to check these resources:

NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Research Compliance in the News
Research must do no harm: new guidance addresses all studies relating to people (Nature)
Are your participants real? Dealing with fraud in recruiting older adults online (Sage Journals)
Research Foundation Updates
Welcoming a New Member to the SJSU Research Foundation Team

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Ashleigh Baker, our new
Human Resources coordinator.

Welcome aboard, Ashleigh!
New Research Awards

Connie L. Lurie College of Education
Matthew Love 
— Special Education: Dyslexia Grants: San Jose State University | Sponsor: California Commission on Teacher Credentialing

Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

Indumathi Jeyachandran  Civil & Environmental Engineering: Gas Leak Geospatial Visualization and Analysis | Sponsor: ABB Ltd.

Michael Oye — Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering: CommUniverCity: COVID Recovery Outreach Effort | Sponsor: City of San José

Nikos J. Mourtos   Aerospace Engineering: Scan Drawings from Unitary Plan Wind Tunnels | Sponsor: Jacobs Research

College of Science
Aaron J. Romanowsky   Physics & Astronomy: A Trail of Dark Matter-Free Galaxies in the NGC1052 Group | Sponsor: Space Telescope Science Institute

Adam Kochanski  Meteorology & Climate Science: Leveraging a Hybrid High-performance Computing Framework for Wildfire Forecasting | Sponsor: Bay Area Environmental Research (BAER) Institute

Alexander Payumo — Biological Sciences: Neurohumoral Interactions Coordinating Mammalian Cardiomyocyte Size and Proliferation | Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Cristina Tortora  Mathematics & Statistics: RUI: A Family of Versatile Mixture Models for Analyzing Mixed-Type Data with Asymmetry, Outliers, and Missing Values | Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Jennifer Johnston  Biological Sciences: Identification of Novel Safe Harbors to be Used in a Gene Editing Strategy for the Treatment of Hemophilia A | Sponsor: National Institutes Health

Jessica Castillo-Vardaro  Biological Sciences: BRC-BIO: Adaptive Variation through Space and Time in American Pikas (Ochotona Princeps) | Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Jonathan Mike Prince  Moss Landing Marine Lab: NSF IPA Assignment | Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Marco A. Sigala  Moss Landing Marine Lab: Steinberger Slough Sediment & Prey Fish Field Collection (SFEI Project #3022/21) | Sponsor: San Francisco Estuary Institute

Marco A. Sigala  Moss Landing Marine Lab: Ahtna Sharpe 2021 | Sponsor: Ahtna Environmental Inc.

Minghui Diao  Meteorology & Climate Science: Advancing the Understanding of Cloud Microphysical Processes and Aerosol Indirect Effects in High-Latitude Mixed-Phase Clouds | Sponsor: Department of Energy

Miri K. VanHoven  Biological Sciences: Olfactory Memory Acquisition Consolidation and Recall | Sponsor: UC, San Francisco

Scott L. Hamilton  Moss Landing Marine Lab: Assessing the Potential for Rapid Adaptation to Climate Change in Rockfish | Sponsor: CSU, Monterey Bay

Sonia Singhal — Biological Sciences: Effects of The Rate of Environmental Change on Mutational Patterns and Evolutionary Constraints | Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

College of Social Sciences
Susan M. Snycerski Psychology: Future Vertical Lift: Collaborative Research on Flight Control, Autonomous Rotorcraft, and Human-Systems Interface Design | Sponsor: NASA 

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Last Updated Sep 22, 2023