Funding Opportunities

San Jose State University Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research, the Center for Faculty Development, the SJSU Research Foundation, and the SJSU Tower Foundation collaborate together to offer a variety of programs and resources designed to assist students and faculty in honing their research interests. Below are the research funding options that are available for students and faculty. Please visit each page for detailed funding information. 

Program Eligibility Due Date

SJSU Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Grant Initiative*

Undergraduate and graduate students work with a faculty member to advance their RSCA objectives.

*Formerly the Undergraduate Research Grant (URG) Program.

Undergraduate and graduate students collaborating with a faculty member engaged in a currently funded grant. February 15, 2021

2021 Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Competition*

Undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to present their work and compete for selection as SJSU representatives at the annual CSU Student Research Competition.

*Formerly the Student Research Competition.

Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled as well as alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2020 are eligible. February 15, 2021

SJSU RSCA (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity) Seed Grant Program*

Provides support to faculty for their research, scholarship, and creative activities.

*Formerly CSU Central RSCA Grant Program.

Unit 3 Faculty. February 3, 2021

The Level-Up Grant: Reaching the Next Level in your Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Provides an opportunity for faculty to take their RSCA to the next level and sustain these activities in the future through extramural funding.

PIs must be tenured or tenure-track faculty at SJSU, Co-PI’s may be Unit 3 faculty members. February 3, 2021

Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association RSCA Award

Provides support for scholarly research and creative activity to advance the careers of faculty applicants.

Lecturers with more than 6 years of continuous service to SJSU, tenure-track faculty and tenured faculty. December 2, 2020

University Grants Academy (UGA)

Provides supports to faculty members from across the campus to write an external grant proposal over the spring semester to fund their RSCA.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty who have not yet received major external grants. November 6, 2020

The Weir/Galm Award Program

Provides assistance to junior faculty in establishing and developing their careers at San Jose State University.

Tenure-track faculty. November 6, 2020

Explorations in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (ExRSCA)

Provide opportunities for faculty to include undergraduate students in their research and scholarly and creative activities.

Undergraduate students currently enrolled with a faculty advisor.  Typcially late Fall semester of the academic year 

California State University Funding Opportunities

The CSU system offers many grant opportunities for faculty and students across disciplines. They include: COAST, which seeks to advance our knowledge of marine and coastal resources; CSUPERB, which funds a range of disciplines, including: life, physical and clinical sciences, computer science, engineering, and business; the CSU Transportation Research and Workforce Development, which addresses transportation-related needs across California; ARI, which works to make California’s food and agricultural systems more resilient and sustainable; and WRPI, an organization focused on water-related research and educational projects. Please visit each page for detailed funding information.

Program Faculty Programs
(approx. deadlines)
Student Programs
(approx. deadlines)
CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST)

USC Sea Grant (Mar)

Short Course/
Workshop Funding (Apr)

Grant Development (Sept)

Graduate Research Awards (Jan)

Student Internships (Mar)

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB)

Curriculum and Research Development/
New Investigator Grants (Feb)

Travel Grants (Mar)

Summer Sprint/Fall Short Course (May)

CSU Biotechnology Award (Oct)

Andreoli Service Award (Oct)

President's Commission Scholars Program (Feb)

Travel Grants (Mar)

Summer Sprint/Fall Short Course (May)

CSU Transportation Research and Workforce Development Proposal Requests (Jan) N/A
CSU Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) Proposal Abstract (Apr)
Full Proposal (May)
Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI) Research Incentive Award (May)

Doctoral Scholarship (May)

USDA Internship Program (rolling, through Aug)

External Funding Opportunities on behalf of SJSU

SJSU Research Foundation Funding Opportunities

The SJSU Research Foundation manages externally-funded projects on behalf of SJSU. 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.

Additional Opportunities

Graduate Student Research Stipends via ARDRAW Small Grant Program: The Social Security Administration (SSA) is granting graduate students $10,000 stipends to research work, rehabilitation and disability. The objective of the Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program is to foster new analysis of work, rehabilitation, and disability issues, which may develop innovative and fresh perspectives on disability by providing research stipends to a broad spectrum of graduate students. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2019.