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Internal CSULB Funding Opportunities

RSCA, Mini Grants and Summer Stipends

The Division of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of funds to support Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity (RSCA) and Mini Grants/Summer Stipends (MGSS) for 2017-18. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 6th at 5 p.m. A faculty member is allowed to apply for only one of the four awards in a given year:


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 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. Watch for the announcement by next Spring 2017.

Application Materials and Guidelines

Applications and supporting materials must be received by ORSP (Application Start and End Date will be announced by Spring 2017) . 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

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. Watch for Award  and RFP Announcement in Spring 2017.

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.