Training opportunities tailored to you

San Diego State University and the SDSU Research Foundation offer a robust core of training programs for faculty to learn best practices on how to find funding, write successful grant proposals, and run a sponsored research program.


Rapid Critical Review

This Rapid Critical Review process is designed for projects that seek at least $250,000 in funding.

Principal Investigators should submit a full proposal draft and budget to SDSU Research Advancement two weeks ahead of the agency submission date. Then a panel of researchers and faculty at SDSU will discuss the proposal, score it with comments, and provide a video or audio recording of that discussion that the principal investigator can use to improve the proposal. If your proposal qualifies for this process and you are interested in participating, contact Research Advancement.

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Professors Helping Professors

The Professors Helping Professors process allows senior faculty researchers to mentor junior faculty as they submit a funding proposal.

Junior faculty must submit a development plan for their proposal, and then Research Advancement will pair the Principal Investigator with a senior faculty researcher who can help the PI refine and improve his or her proposal. The process takes place over three months, with the junior faculty member submitting a progress report each month. Faculty who partake in this process will receive funding for their research development efforts. If your proposal qualifies for this process and you are interested in participating, contact Research Advancement.

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Grants Research and Enterprise Writing

The GREW fellowship is a five-week program that teaches early-career faculty members how to communicate effectively with grant officers, develop successful proposals and share their research with media and other stakeholders.

In addition to learning a lot about successful proposal development, fellows receive a $3,000 stipend and many have participated in trips to Washington, D.C. to visit major funding organizations and meet grant officers face-to-face. Plus, fellows have a much higher proposal approval rate than the national average. Learn more about GREW.

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Graduate Fellowship Training

Graduate Fellowship Training is designed to improve the participation and competitiveness of graduate students, especially joint-doctoral students, in securing externally sponsored fellowships in support of their research programs.

Graduate training programs are a strategic approach to highlighting the excellence of our graduate programs. Training can be scheduled in collaboration with joint program coordinators. To schedule a training, a cohort of eight to 12 students must be identified, and be able to commit to four two-hour sessions delivered over a two-week time period. Please contact Research Advancement to schedule a training for your program.

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F31 Workshop

The F31 training workshop provides an introduction to the National Institutes of Health F31 program and other graduate fellowship opportunities.

Participants leave with a clear understanding of strategies for preparing competitive proposals for graduate awards. Participants in the program are eligible for additional compensation based on subsequent submissions for graduate fellowships. The F31 Fellowship program helps ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research agenda. Learn more about F31 training.

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Find Funding 101

This interactive workshop will teach you the basics on how to search for funding opportunities.

If you have research ideas and need to know where to begin, we will give you the tools you need and help you develop strategies to identify sponsors. The second half of the workshop is an interactive lesson on how to use the Pivot database to create your researcher profile and conduct funding searches.

This training is run by the SDSU Research Foundation. Submit questions to Joi Coles.

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Budget Basics: Laying the Groundwork for a Successful Proposal Workshop

Part of writing a grant proposal means understanding the costs of your sponsored project. Where do you begin when creating your proposal budget?

Experienced staff will help answer questions and provide examples of how to include project costs in your proposal. The information presented will be useful for faculty and staff who are new to proposal preparation or submitting to a new agency, and for those who need a “refresher” on budget development. In addition, a guest speaker will share their experience and offer tips for creating a successful budget.

This training is run by the SDSU Research Foundation. Submit questions to Joi Coles.

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National Institutes of Health K Award Workshop

The National Institutes of Health K awards provide a mentored research training experience for senior postdoctoral fellows or junior faculty-level candidates.

These awards are designed to promote career development and move recipients to the point where they are able to conduct independent research and compete for major grant support. SDSU faculty members who have been recipients of this prestigious award will be discussing their K award experiences and offering tips at this workshop.

This training is run by the SDSU Research Foundation. Submit questions to Joi Coles.

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Other training opportunities with the Research Foundation

The SDSU Research Foundation offers several informative workshops for principal investigators, faculty, and graduate students.

These trainings include







Visit the Research Foundation’s workshop list and calendar to learn more.
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Grant Editing Service

Graduate student editors are available to review grants for ESL (English as a second language) or EAL (English as an additional language) faculty.

Qualifying faculty can request this free grant editing service on an as-needed basis. The service includes a one-hour initial meeting with the faculty member, 4 to 6 hours of grant editing by a graduate student, and a final meeting with the faculty member. Email director of research development Leona Flores for more information.

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