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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 FY2018-19.

A faculty member is allowed to apply for only one of the four awards in a given year:

  • Reassigned Time
  • Small Faculty Grant
  • Mini-grant
  • Summer Stipends

Please see Academic Senate Policy 11-08 §3.1 for details.


Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity (RSCA)

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 for Reassigned Time and Small Faculty Grants.


Faculty members receiving new faculty reassigned time are only eligible to apply for Small Faculty Grants.


Contact your college office regarding application information. RSCA proposals are to be submitted to your college office by Monday, November 6, 2017 by 5 p.m.


Mini-Grants and Summer Stipends (MGSS)

The Chancellor’s Office will provide system-level funding for mini-grants and summer stipends (MGSS).  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 Applications will be submitted, reviewed and awarded via Info-Ready, an online Research Competition Space. Please log-in to Info Ready to submit your application by Monday, November 6, 2017 by 5 p.m.