Research Foundation Insights: Autumn 2019-Winter 2020

Here at the Research Foundation we continue to be inspired by our talented Principal Investigators, staff, and students as they engage in research and other significantly important sponsored projects. All of us are committed to providing a complete array of efficient services and effective support to the San José State University research, scholarship, and creative activity enterprise. Read here about newly awarded grants and contracts, newly implemented administrative efficiencies, and new processes that will conserve resources.


October 30 Workshop: The Nuts & Bolts of Proposal Preparation and Award Management

MLK Library, Room 255/257: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Navigating proposal preparation and award administration processes can be challenging.
The most successful outcomes involve partnerships and many individuals—the principal investigator, Research Foundation and SJSU staff—working closely together to meet sponsoring agency deadlines and all requirements.

This workshop will focus on the collaborative processes that help facilitate successful outcomes at all levels including proposal planning and development, award negotiation, award management, and project closeout. You will not want to miss this informative workshop. Lunch will be provided. Please click the link below to register no later than October 21.

Workshop Registration

Congratulations to PIs on New Grant and Contract Awards!

Read all about the New Grants and Contracts that have recently been awarded to SJSU's Principal Investigators!

Did You Know?

Under the Division of Research and Innovation, the San José State University Research Foundation’s Central Office supports SJSU faculty throughout the research project life cycle, including: identifying sources of funding, developing and submitting proposals to sponsoring agencies, managing business details once the project is funded, and assisting with project closeout. Organized into three functional teams— Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), Finance and Accounting, and Human Resources —the Research Foundation provides comprehensive specialized business services and support at each phase of your research project. Contact us!

Project Life Cycle

By the Numbers: FY2018-19

For Fiscal Year 2018-19, which ended on June 30, 2019, the Research Foundation accomplished the following:

  • Submitted 276 proposals valued at more than $108 million.
  • Received 226 awards valued at more than $47 million.
  • Managed more than 310 grants and contracts on behalf of our faculty.
  • Employed 317 SJSU students, either on research projects or as Central Office staff.
  • Engaged 185 SJSU faculty members ­in sponsored contracts, grants, or research projects.
  • Provided $884,191 in indirect revenue and strategic investment to the campus.

Welcome New Employees

Eliseo Lopez
Eliseo Lopez

Sonia Medina
Sonia Medina

Nha Nguyen
Nha Nguyen

Binish Rafi
Binish Rafi

Key Information for New Hires

The Research Foundation Human Resources department has introduced a New Hire Information page, which contains a link to the Employee Handbook, as well as links to online services, policies, and procedures relating to Research Foundation employment. This page replaces the previously used "welcome packet" of paper documents.

Review Your Contact Information Before the New Year

Please update your personal contact information in the Employee Online system before the end of the year. This will ensure that you receive important year-end forms at the correct address, including your W-2 form that you will need for tax preparation.

Also, please review your first check stub of the year in the Employee Online system for correct health plan and other deductions. If the information is not correct, please email the Human Resources Department at

Payroll Goes "Green" on November 1

Effective November 1, 2019, the Research Foundation will offer all employees the "green" option of direct deposit or "pay cards."

If you currently receive a “live” paper paycheck, you may do either of the following:

  1. Use the Direct Deposit form to sign up for Direct Deposit. If you do not have a bank account, you may open a no-fee account with Wells Fargo Bank and arrange for direct deposit there.
  2. Be issued a Pay Card, a card that is loaded with your wages each pay period. It can be used like a debit card to make purchases, and you can use it to withdraw cash from an ATM machine.

Please sign up for Direct Deposit or email the payroll team at to be issued a Pay Card, on or before Friday, October 18, 2019, to ensure that your pay is not interrupted.

You can email the Payroll team for assistance at

"Green" Paystubs Available Online

Hard copy paper pay stubs are no longer being mailed out to employees via the U.S. Postal Service. Instead, you may view (and print) your pay stub by visiting your Employee Online account.

Accounts Payable Streamlines Processes

To reduce the time required to process your requisitions and invoices, you may now submit them to the A/P department via email. Although we will also continue to accept hard copies for the time being, as of December 1st, 2019, we will only accept these items via email. Therefore, we encourage you to begin using the email submission process as soon as possible.

Email submission is more convenient as it helps keep track of the request, and also eliminates the wasted time it takes to send and receive the actual hard copies.

Please email your requisitions and invoices to:

In addition, ACH (electronic payment via Automated Clearing House) is now our preferred payment method. ACH payments take less time and are far more cost effective as we are not wasting paper (printing checks) and manpower (folding checks and stuffing them into envelopes). A notification is emailed to you when funds are deposited into your designated account. Also, ACH allows you to access your funds immediately instead of having to take your paper check to the bank in person for deposit.

Plans are underway for a webinar on these new A/P processes related to requisitions, invoices, and ACH payments. We will notify you as soon as a date is set. Invitations will be sent to all PIs, analysts, and other Research Foundation customers (faculty, staff and students).

DocuSign Faculty Appointment Forms

During the summer the Research Foundation rolled out a DocuSign Faculty Appointment Form. The new form and process were created in collaboration with University Personnel in a joint effort to optimize technology and enhance customer service. Going forward, the Research Foundation and University Personnel will only be accepting the DocuSign Faculty Appointment Form for faculty appointments.

The new form and tutorials for its use are available at:

New Electronic Faculty Appointment Form Using DocuSign

In addition, monthly extension forms have been eliminated. When a Principal Investigator (PI) or other authorized account signer receives an email notification of appointment expiration, they can use the DocuSign Faculty Appointment Form to extend the appointment.

Research Foundation Central Office Holiday Closure Dates

Please note that the Research Foundation Central Office will be closed on the following dates:

November 11, 2019
(The office will reopen on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.)

November 28-29, 2019
(The office will reopen on Monday, December 2, 2019.)

December 25, 2019 - January 1, 2020
(The office will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.)