Funding Opportunities - Internal Funding

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCAP)

RSCAP Mini-grants

Funding for the RSCAP program is allocated annually to each CSU campus by the State Legislature. The intent of the legislation is to assist faculty in their efforts to remain current in their disciplines, pursue new ways to enrich student learning, and contribute to knowledge that will strengthen California socially, culturally, and economically. The legislative guidelines also emphasize the importance of encouraging and supporting untenured faculty.

Additional funding for Mini-grants cycle is provided by the Instructionally Related Activities Program (IRA) for RSCAP Student Assistant Supplements. These supplements, funded by student fees administered by the Fee Advisory Committee, are available specifically for involving paid Student Assistants in Mini-grant projects.

The Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP) evaluates Mini-grant proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

RSCAP Mini-Grant funding may be requested for one or more of the following:

  • Basic or applied research (e.g., literature or archival search, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation)

  • Creative project (e.g., exhibit, artistic performance, development of new creative techniques)

  • Other scholarly activities in the applicant's field

  • Research, scholarship, or creative activity that enhances student learning at SSU or that otherwise significantly benefits SSU students and the university

  • Preparation of an external grant proposal to fund a specified piece of research, scholarship, or creative activity.

RSCAP Mini-Grant funding may not be requested for the following:

  • Fulfillment of the requirements for an advanced degree

  • Activities designed mainly for department or school programs or facilities

  • Curriculum development (except as part of a project involving research, scholarship or creative activity)

  • Faculty assigned time or faculty stipends

  • Meeting refreshments/hospitality

  • Attendance at workshop or seminars focusing on the development of grant-writing skills.

RSCAP Fellowships

Funding for the RSCAP program is allocated annually to each CSU campus by the State Legislature. The intent of the legislation is to assist faculty in their efforts to remain current in their disciplines, pursue new ways to enrich student learning, and contribute to knowledge that will strengthen California socially, culturally, and economically. The legislative guidelines also emphasize the importance of encouraging and supporting untenured faculty.

The Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP) evaluates Summer Fellowship proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

RSCAP Summer Fellowship funding may be requested for one or more of the following

  • Basic or applied research (e.g., literature or archival search, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation

  • Creative project (e.g., exhibit, artistic performance, development of new creative techniques)

  • Other scholarly activities in the applicant's field

  • Research, scholarship, or creative activity that enhances student learning at SSU or that otherwise significantly benefits SSU students and the university

RSCAP Summer Fellowship funding may not be requested for the following

  • Fulfillment of the requirements for an advanced degree

  • Activities designed mainly for department or school programs or facilities

  • Curriculum development (except as part of a project involving research, scholarship or creative activity)

  • Primarily to prepare an external grant proposal (although this may be an eventual goal)

  • Attendance at workshop or seminars focusing on the development of grant-writing skills

Funding Opportunities available from the SSU Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Experiences (SOURCE)

SOURCE offers several different types of awards to support undergraduates working on research or creative projects. Faculty mentors apply for two of these award types (Koret Scholars, Faculty SOURCE awards, and Norwick awards)

Koret Scholars Awards

Koret Scholars Awards are made possible by a grant from the Koret Foundation. These awards are intended to support undergraduate research and creative projects across all academic disciplines at SSU. Each award will provide funding for one faculty mentor working with four undergraduate SSU students, though the students do not need to all work on the same study or project. Faculty mentors can work with these students as a small group working on one project, as individuals working on individual projects, or some combination of both.

Faculty SOURCE Awards

Faculty SOURCE awards are made possible as a result of contributions from private donors. These awards are intended to support undergraduate research and creative projects across all academic disciplines at SSU. Each award will provide funding for a faculty mentor working with either an individual or small group of undergraduate SSU students.

Norwick Awards

Steven Norwick Memorial awards are made possible by contributions from the Norwick family and other private donors. The Norwick Fund supports undergraduate research or creative inquiry projects that take place all or in part at SSU preserves. Awards provide funding for faculty to engage students in independent studies or in projects undertaken as part of course work. All majors and degrees are eligible. Faculty who receive other awards through SOURCE (i.e. Koret Scholars Awards or Faculty SOURCE Awards) remain eligible to receive a Norwick award.