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Internal CSULB Funding Opportunities

Summer Student Research Assistantships

Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, is pleased to invite applications for the Student Research Assistant Program.  This program is designed to encourage student participation in a broad range of scholarly and academic activities and is open to eligible undergraduates and graduates from all disciplines and academic areas of study.  The assistantship provides financial support during the 2016 summer intersession months to undertake full-time research and scholarly activities in collaboration with a CSULB faculty (or principal investigator) research mentor.  Research mentors are expected to meet regularly with their assistant and provide a blend of supervision that provides directed guidance with scope for initiative and independent thought. Here is the announcement for more details.

Application Materials and Guidelines

Applications and supporting materials must be received by Monday March 7th, 2016. Please send materials electronically to  Students must include the following in their application package:

  • A résumé.Unofficial transcripts.Evidence of Eligibility to work in the US - if not a US citizen.FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information - if relevant to the application.
  • A personal statement, of no more than two single-spaced pages, that explains the applicant’s interest in conducting research, the research project they will be engaged in, and how the assistantship might promote their graduation and encourage his or her studies in this area.
  • One letter of recommendation from the sponsoring CSULB tenure/tenure track faculty mentor with whom the applicant will be conducting research that speaks to the applicant’s qualifications. The letter must also address their proposed mentorship plan, the research activity the student will participate in, how this project fits into the faculty member’s line of research, and, if relevant, how the results will improve the possibility of acquiring external funding in support of the project.  The letter must be signed and on institutional letterhead.


Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Internal Grants

2016-17 ORSP Internal Grant - Request for Proposals

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is supporting the internal research grant program to promote proposal submission for major external funding. We encourage multidisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships. Applications to develop full proposals on a fundable topic are eligible. Funds are to be used in AY 2016-17.

Please choose one of the following types of research proposals for funding:

  • Discipline Specific Research (One Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Multidisciplinary Research (Multiple PIs).

In order to participate in this grant program, you must be a CSULB tenured or tenure-track faculty member.

Past award recipients must have submitted both a final report and a full length, external grant application through ORSP based upon the award in order to be eligible for funding.

All applications are due by Monday, February 29.

Please see the RFP for further information on how to apply, as well as the criteria that needs to be included in your application package:  ORSP Internal Grants Request for Proposal.


RSCA – Reassigned Time (AT), Small Faculty Grants (SFG), & Mini Grants and Summer Stipends (MGSS)

The Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA) for 2016-17.  Internally administered support for RSCA is available in the form of

The Chancellor’s Office will provide system-level funding for mini-grants and summer stipends (MGSS).  Faculty members receiving new faculty reassigned time are only eligible to apply for Small Faculty Grants.


Reassigned Time and Small Faculty Grants

All tenured, probationary, and full-time lecturers are eligible to compete for Reassigned Time and Small Faculty Grants.  Support will be available in the form of:

  • Reassigned Time – Equal to three (3) units per AY, to support the following activities: basic, applied, or developmental research and creative activities.
  • Small Faculty Grants – Not to exceed $5000, may be used for: student assistance, minor equipment or materials and supplies, travel to advance RSCA.  

Each academic college administers the award process. College award committees will review, evaluate, and rank proposals, and the Deans will make final decisions on Reassigned Time and Small Faculty Grant awards. Contact your college office regarding application information. 


Mini-Grants and Summer Stipends

All members of Unit 3 (all lecturers, probationary faculty, tenured faculty, librarians, coaches, and counselors) are eligible to compete for mini-grants and summer stipends.  Support will be available in the form of:  

  • Mini Grants – Not to exceed $5000, are intended to be “seed” money leading to the application for external support. Since this award is “seed” money, acceptance of a mini-grant requires that the application for external funding based on the proposal be submitted within two years of the date of the award and prior to any subsequent mini-grant awards.
  • Summer Stipends – Equivalent to the prevailing 3-WTU Vacant Rate to support a recipient in continuance of scholarly and creative activity during the summer. A recipient of a summer stipend may not be employed in summer session during the stipend period.

 Each college review committee, the college dean, and the university MGSS committee will review and provide recommendations. MGSS Application.

 All proposals are to be submitted to your college office by Monday, February 1st by 5 p.m.  A faculty member is allowed to apply for only one of the four awards in a given year. Please see the Academic Senate Policy 11-08 §3.1 for details.