University Grants Academy (UGA)

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). The UGA is a semester-long developmental experience designed for faculty members to increase their capacity to obtain extramurally funded grants. 

The UGA welcomes faculty writing a first-time single investigator grant or sponsored fellowship to fund their RSCA, as well as those looking to build SJSU institutional capacity with RSCA-related public programming, community-engagement, or curriculum development grants. As part of the application process faculty will need to identify the likely funding opportunity they will pursue. Funding sources can be from any federal, state, or local agency, as well as publicly announced funding opportunities from private foundations.

The semester-long program involves the following:

  • Introductory large-group meetings that involve a mix of presentations and interactive discussions providing grant-getting basics, institutional resources and “Research in a Minute” presentations by participants to facilitate networking among the UGA cohort.
  • Weekly attendance in small-group cohorts led by a dedicated facilitator–an experienced extramurally funded SJSU faculty member–who conducts interactive meetings providing technical expertise, support, resources, and mentoring.
  • Proposal reviews by senior scholars in your specific field and external to SJSU.
  • Individualized coaching and proposal reviews by your facilitator to support the completion and submission of an external grant proposal.
  • A final large-group celebration of the UGA program which includes an updated rendition of “Research in a Minute” presentations to facilitate networking and future research collaborations.

The UGA application for Spring and Summer 2022 is now open, with applications due October 22, 2021.

Note: The kinds of projects considered “RSCA” vary by discipline, department and college; in general, RSCA work results in accomplishments that would be listed in the Scholarly/Artistic/Professional Achievements category of your faculty dossier. “Creative Activity” refers to those activities aligned with the Scholarly/Artistic/Professional Achievements category of the dossier for faculty in creative tracks of their disciplines. If you have questions about whether your project would be categorized as RSCA, consult with your chair, your college Associate Dean of Research (or relevant contact), or review your college RSCA metrics. You may also email the Director of Research Development, Julia Gaudinski