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). Historically, the UGA has been a semester-long developmental experience designed for faculty members to increase their capacity to obtain extramurally funded grants. In 2022 we are introducing a Summer session as well. 

The Spring and Summer UGA program involves the following:

  • An introductory large-group meeting that involves 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 full UGA request for proposals, the application for the Spring and Summer 2022 UGA, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) are all available here via the Infoready platform. UGA applications are due October 22, 2021. 

Late breaking news (November 17, 2021)

The Office of Research has decided to add a special pilot cohort for the 2022 UGA focusing on National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 Grants. To be part of this cohort tenure/tenure track faculty need to be a current PI or Co-PI on an NIH or equivalent federal funder grant, including NSF, DOD etc. Applicants may have previously completed the UGA. Dr. Miri VanHoven, Associate Dean of Research for the College of Science, herself an NIH R01 recipient, will be facilitating the pilot cohort.

To apply, please email the following to Patricia Rodriguez in the Office of Research, no later than 5pm on Monday, November 29, 2021:

  • A two paragraph summary explaining why you are ready to apply for an R01 grant, including details and outcomes of past funded grants to NIH or other federal agencies that speak to adequate preparation.
  • An indication of whether you would prefer Spring or Summer 2022.
  • Your curriculum vitae in NIH Biosketch Format.

If you are applying for Spring 2022 you must consult with your Dean and Department Chair prior to submitting any documentation, as this session provides a 0.2 AT buyout. Those applying for summer will receive a $4,000 fellowship. All UGA participants will receive an additional $500 in professional development funds, paid into their SJSURF RSCA accounts, provided a proposal is submitted through the Research Foundation or Tower Foundation by the first open submission window after Summer 2022 UGA completion.  

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


Any additional questions concerning the UGA should be directed to either Julia Gaudinski, Director of Research Development or the Office of Research.