San Jose State University
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October 18, 2022
Greetings from the Office of Research

I hope your semester is in full swing and going well. So far, the Office of Research has hosted several events this semester to support your research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA): RSCA Cafés on both social justice and sustainability, a successful hybrid RSCA in Five: Faculty Short Talks on Big Data and Data Science, as well as workshops on internal funding initiatives, early career grants, finding funding, and more. Read below to see what is in store for RSCA support for the rest of the semester and much of the academic year.

I also want to highlight that now is a great time for SJSU faculty to apply for grants, as agencies have new commitments to funding minority-serving institutions and traditionally underrepresented scholars. To underscore this new reality, I want to highlight two events initiated by direct federal outreach to SJSU. First, Dr. Susan S. Margulies, who leads the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering, requested a short-notice visit in September to better understand how NSF could impact SJSU’s research culture, and was thoroughly impressed by our faculty and students. She was surprised to learn that the CSU system annually educates one out of every sixteen undergraduate engineering students in the U.S. Dr. Margulies clearly took particular note of this statistic and took genuine interest in the research presented to her.

Second, Dr. Enrique Pumar, program director for the
NSF SBE Build and Broaden Program, gave a virtual session to demystify the NSF for social scientists and encourage proposals from SJSU and the CSU system. The new request for Build and Broaden proposals has just been released. Dr. Pumar has also invited all interested SJSU faculty to a two day workshop, Diversifying Diversity: New Research Opportunities in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences November 1-2, 2022. I hope many of you can attend.

As we continue to grow our RSCA enterprise and tell our story more broadly, engagement requests by agencies and external collaborators will become more common. The Office of Research will fully support these relationship building activities as a way to promote your success. Indeed, we are happy to partner with you to engage with agencies proactively. In short, I want you to know that the Office of Research is your partner and advocate; let us help you tell your RSCA story and please engage with the programming we provide.

All my best,

Richard Mocarski

Associate Vice President for Research

News from Research Development
Internal SJSU Funding Initiatives

Applications for the University Grants Academy (UGA) are due October 24, 2022. The 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). Not sure if you should apply? Reach out to Research Development (RD), and we can help you plan your RSCA trajectory including when you should take the UGA. Please check out all the SJSU internal initiatives, including the handy infographic. You can also watch the video from our August 30, 2022, Internal SJSU Funding Initiatives Workshop. (To access the video, use the 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.

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RSCA in Five: Faculty Short Talks for AY2022/23!
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Join us on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for our next RSCA in Five: Faculty Short Talks on Community Engaged RSCA! Much of the RSCA on campus is designed to bring educational, economic, and social benefits to our local and global communities.

Here we invite talks that showcase RSCA projects conducted in collaboration with our community partners. We welcome talks from community-based participatory research practitioners, community-action researchers, participatory action researchers, ethnographers, and other methods that directly involve the community in the design, execution, evaluation, and dissemination of research. This event is currently planned to be held in person in the  SJSU Student Union Ballroom 3.
RSCA Administration Training: A (Virtual) Four-Part Workshop Series for Principal Investigators — February 2023
Managing the administration of your personal RSCA at SJSU can be complex and somewhat challenging. Whether you have already received a grant or you are planning a proposal, there are many things to know to be able to design, plan, and manage your personal RSCA. 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 navigate the process and successfully manage your research and creative activities.

The series will include the following: (1) planning your lab or RSCA space as well as mentoring and hiring students, (2) contract negotiation, (3) compliance and ethical issues, and (4) managing your grant post award in compliance with all applicable regulations. Attend 
all four virtual workshops to receive a certificate of completion and $500 added to your SJSURF RSCA account.
RSCA Grants from the Center for Faculty Development
In support of your research, scholarship, and creative activities, the SJSU Center for Faculty Development has posted the following funding opportunities for eligible faculty:
  • Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association (ERFA) RSCA Award ($2,500)
    Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2022.
    The ERFA RSCA Award supports research, creative activity, virtual conference attendance, and/or acquisition of equipment related to scholarly and creative endeavors (1-2 awards, up to $2,500/award). Tenure-track and tenured faculty, as well as lecturer faculty with more than six years of continuous service to SJSU are eligible to apply.
  • Sybil Weir/John Galm Award ($2,500) for Pre-Tenure Faculty
    Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on December 7, 2022.
    The Weir/Galm Award is designed to assist pre-tenure faculty in establishing and developing their careers at SJSU by supporting research, participation in conferences, and/or acquisition of materials related to teaching or scholarship (one award, up to $2,500).
Please contact the Center for Faculty Development team at with any questions.
Student RSCA Forum: Climate Change and Sustainability
Notice of Postponement
The Climate and Sustainability student-centered RSCA forum, originally scheduled for October 24, 2022, has been postponed. We will likely hold the forum during the spring semester.
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Need Help Getting Started with Pivot?
Pivot, the comprehensive funding opportunities database that features customized funding searches, funding opportunity tracking, deadline alerts, and more, is SJSU’s go-to tool for finding funding. Pivot is available to faculty, staff, and students. Listed below are a few aids to help you get started using Pivot and begin taking advantage of the full range of features available in the tool. 


Review Curated Searches and Curated Lists in Pivot
Searches and lists of strategic funding opportunities of general relevance to SJSU faculty are now available anytime. Sign into 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
CDC | Grants to Support New Investigators in Conducting Research Related to Preventing Interpersonal Violence Impacting Children and Youth
$150K-$300K | Deadline: January 4, 2023

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
NASA | ROSES 2022: Multidomain Reusable Artificial Intelligence Tools (MDRAIT) Program
$5K-2M+ | Notice of Intent Required Deadline: November 9, 2022
Proposal Deadline: January 13, 2023

NSF | Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-1 (Mid-scale RI-1)
$400K-<$20M | Preliminary Proposal Required Deadline: January 5, 2023
Full Proposal Deadline: May 5, 2023

NSF | Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research (Capacity)
$25K-$1.2M | Deadline: Continuous


Newly Released Limited Submissions 

Minority Serving Institutions & Underserved Communities
USDA | Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI)
$25K-$1M | Internal SJSU Deadline: November 11, 2022 | Regular: January 25, 2023
Collaboration: January 26, 2023 | Conference: January 27, 2023

Health & Human Services
DOL-ETA | DOL Nursing Expansion Grant Program
$1M-$6M | Internal SJSU Deadline: December 2, 2022 | Sponsor Deadline: January 6, 2023

USDA-NIFA | Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants (BRAG) Program
$25K-$650K | Internal SJSU Deadline: December 9, 2022 
Sponsor Deadline:  January 18, 2023

NIH | Genome Research Experiences to Attract Talented Undergraduates into Genomic Fields 
to Enhance Diversity (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
$1M | Internal SJSU Deadline: January 20, 2023 | Sponsor Deadline: July 1, 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 truly fit the sponsor's 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
Biological Use Authorization Deadlines 
Does your course require a Biological Use Authorization (BUA)? The deadlines for winter and spring courses are coming up. All new applications are due to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) by October 15, 2022 and renewals or amendments of approved BUAs are due by November 1, 2022. Current deadlines and more information can be found on the IBC website.

The New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy is Coming — Are you Ready?
In October of 2020, NIH issued a new Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Policy. The requirements for the submission of Data Management and Sharing (DMS) plans outlined in this policy will apply to any grants submitted on or after January 25, 2023, with the expectation that the sharing of scientific data generated from NIH-funded research will be maximized.

In its simplest form, a DMS plan should describe how the investigators intend to manage and share data; compliance with the plan is more important than complexity. The plan must also be updated to reflect revisions to the research timeline, changes in the focus of the research, or the creation of new, more appropriate repositories. Further, NIH expects that the plan will be consistent with FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data principles.

It is important to note that NIH has created special considerations and guidelines for Human Research Participant Data and Data from American Indian/Alaska Native Participants. If you will be writing a DMS Plan that includes either of these data types, please reach out to the Research Compliance Unit for guidance.

To assist investigators, the NIH has provided the following:

Data Sharing in the News
Research Foundation Updates
Welcoming New Members to the SJSU Research Foundation Team
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to the following  new members  of our team:

Sandeep Mukkamala, Intellectual Property Specialist
Shailendra Baghel, Director of Finance and Accounting
Shlok Pankajkuma Patel, Student Assistant, OSP
Stephanie Hober, Pre-Award Manager, OSP
New Research Awards
Lucas College and Graduate School of Business
Karen E. Philbrick, Hilary K. Nixon — Business, Dean’s Office: MTI Database on Terrorist and Serious Criminal Attack against Public Surface Transportation: 2022 | Sponsor: Transportation Security Administration

Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

Ali Tohidi — Mechanical Engineering: Heat Transfer Model for the Assemblage of Firebrands Over Surface Fuels | Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Kaikai Liu, Wencen Wu — Computer Engineering: RINGS: Enabling Joint Sensing, Communication, and Multi-Tenant Edge AI for Cooperative Perception Systems | Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Liat Rosenfeld — Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering: Packed and Fluidized Beds VR Experiment | Sponsor: California State University, Fresno

Patrick Jurney — Biomedical, Chemical, and Materials Engineering: Reactive Ion Plasma Treatment of Cardiovascular Biomaterials to Understand the Effect of Nanotopography on Endothelialization | Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

College of Health and Human Sciences
Yolanda Anyon — Social Work School: CA-MTSS Pilot | Sponsor: University of California, Los Angeles

College of Humanities and the Arts
Yoon Chung Han, Ozgur Keles — Design: Exploring and Supporting San José’s Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Art through 3D Printing Technology | Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts

Office of Research
Richard Mocarski — Office of Research: Developing a Toolkit for Transgender and Gender Diverse-Affirming Health Communication: A Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Approach | Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

College of Science
Dustin Carrol — Moss Landing Marine Lab: Impacts of Changing Sea-Ice on Arctic Ocean Biology | Sponsor: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Edward Thornton — Moss Landing Marine Lab: ROXSI: ROcky Shores eXperiments and Simulations–Thornton Portion | Sponsor: University of California, San Diego

Ivano W. Aiello — Moss Landing Marine Lab: A Global Synthesis of Timing and Depth of Biosilica Mineralization in Cenozoic Marine Sediments Based on DSDP-ODP-IODP Legacy Cores | Sponsor: Columbia University

James Harvey — Moss Landing Marine Lab: Suisun Marsh Waterfowl Science Investigations: Data Synthesis and Manuscript Preparation | Sponsor: U.S. Geological Survey

Luke Gardner — Moss Landing Marine Lab: White Abalone Restoration Co-Culture Research and Production | Sponsor: Department of Commerce

Maya Devries, Scott L. Hamilton, Michael Graham, Luke Gardner — Biological Sciences: Examining the Capacity of Seaweed and Shellfish Co-Culture to Improve the Physiology, Biomechanics and Outplanting of Farmed Juvenile Abalone & Oysters | Sponsor: Department of Commerce

Minghui Diao — Meteorology and Climate Science: Aerosol Indirect Effects on Cirrus Clouds Based on NASA Flight Campaigns and Global Climate Models | Sponsor: NASA

Minghui Diao — Meteorology and Climate Science: Developing Partnership Between SJSU and DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to Enhance Climate Research Equity and Inclusion | Sponsor: Department of Energy

Thomas Connolly, Maxime Grand, Holly A. Bowers — Moss Landing Marine Lab: CeNCOOS Partnership: Information Solutions to Power Healthy and Prosperous Oceanic, Coastal, and Estuarine Communities Monterey Bay Aquarium | Sponsor: Research Institute

Virginia Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe — Science, Dean’s Office: Silicon Valley Research Practice Partnership for Computational Thinking and Positive Identity in Computer Science (SV RPP for CT & PICS) | Sponsor: Santa Clara County Office of Education

College of Social Sciences
Margaret Stevenson — Justice Studies: Enhancing Employment Through Digital Literacy Workshops Pilot Program | Sponsor: Santa Clara County

Sean P. Laraway — Psychology: Test Subject Recruitment Office–Task No. 2 | Sponsor: ASRC Management Services

Susan M. Snycerski — Psychology: Implementing Macroergonomics for Increasing the Safe, Effective, and Efficient Operation of the Entry Systems and Technology Division’s High Enthalpy Facilities | Sponsor: NASA

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

Susan M. Snycerski — Psychology: SJSURF Support of Elroy Air | Sponsor: Elroy Air

University Library

Mantra Roy, Lane Dodge, Carli Lowe — University Library: BIPOC Become Librarians (BBL) | Sponsor: Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Last Updated Sep 22, 2023