We can help you find funding

Before you can even begin writing a proposal, you have to know what resources are available to you. San Diego State University has several internal funding opportunities, and the SDSU Research Foundation provides access to databases full of local, national, and international opportunities. We also offer robust training on how to find and successfully apply for funding.

Current Call for Applications 

DRI Funding Opportunities 

External Grant Opportunities


General Funding Opportunities and Advice

Funding in the time of COVID-19

We are actively working to build new collaborative teams. This resource features topics that we are presently building teams around, and/or seeking additional on-campus expertise to respond to these topics, which have been highlighted to us by potential sponsors.

  • Large-scale impacts of distance learning on educational equity and justice. Related to digital syllabi, faculty/lecturer training and capacity and roughly defined by the goals of the NSF INCLUDES program.
  • Tijuana River Estuary health and pivoting from fundamentally required field work to lab or computational approaches that allow progress to be made while field work is suspended. May be COVID or DOD operations related.
  • Wildfire in the time of COVID. Safety and resilience related to power grids. Remote monitoring, modeling, response.
  • Disproportionate professional impact of shelter-at-home on faculty with care-giving responsibilities. Restart research funds. Graduate fellowships. Supplements.
  • Telemedicine. Equipment, monitoring and practices, especially for rural areas.
  • Food supply and access during COVID. Computational approaches to food supply and San Diego agricultural productivity (small, high-value farms). Social/Behavioral interventions to maintain food access in underserved areas.
  • Public health for high-risk communities, especially racial/ethnic minorities and tribal communities.

For more information contact John Crockett.

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Faculty Funding

SDSU provides extensive training on how to find research funds. The university also offers internal funding opportunities, as well as access to national and global databases of funding resources.

  • Given the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many SDSU faculty to progress their research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA), the Division of Research and Innovation (DRI) is pleased to announce a call for applications for Assigned Time for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities. The purpose of this program is to provide faculty with much-needed time to ensure the successful commencement, continuation, or completion of research, scholarship, or creative activity projects at SDSU. Learn more about assigned time.
  • The SDSU Seed Grant Program, formerly known as the University Grants Program, aims to assist faculty in their career and research goals. Awards are limited to $7,500 and awarded for an 12-month period. 
  • SDSU offers its employees access to two major databases of potential funding, including SPIN (the world's largest database of sponsored funding opportunities) and Pivot (a comprehensive global source of information). Learn more about faculty funding
  • Attend a SDSU Find Funding Workshop. Also, consider signing up for the Weekly Bulletin from the SDSU Research Foundation, which informs recipients of field-specific funding opportunities. Sign up here.
  • The Grants and Research Enterprise Writing Fellowship includes a stipend for grant writing efforts, as well as travel funding to meet with funding agency representatives for select fellows.
  • The SDSU Rapid Response Program is designed to help faculty respond quickly to funding opportunities as they emerge. The primary purpose of this new program is to provide support for projects that will lead to an extramural funding proposal or projects that need immediate grant writing support in response to an extramural funding announcement. Faculty who receive this funding are required to submit a proposal for extramural funding (e.g. federal, state, local, foundation, etc.). Award periods can range from three to six months. The total amount of an individual award can range between $10k - $25k, depending upon the amount of extramural funding sought. Learn More About the Rapid Response Program
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Graduate Student Funding

Many of our largest internal funding opportunities require a faculty member to nominate an exceptional and deserving graduate student. We also encourage students to apply for funding from national funding agencies within their field.

  • The University Graduate Fellowship supports up to 30 graduate fellows with an annual stipend of $25,000, plus benefits. Accompanying support from an external funding source is required to receive this fellowship. Learn more about the University Graduate Fellowship.
  • The Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship is for non-resident graduate students who demonstrate outstanding potential for achievement. Recipients must be nominated by advisors. Learn more about the Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship
  • The CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program provides student loans to doctoral students who show promise of teaching within the CSU system, as well as loan forgiveness to those who obtain a CSU instructional position.  SDSU Graduate Affairs holds workshops for interested students. Learn more from Graduate Affairs.
  • There are many internal and external options for graduate student funding, several of which students can apply to directly. You can find a full list here
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Undergraduate Student Funding

For an undergraduate to receive research funding they almost always need a faculty mentor to help them with their research proposal and oversee their work. Learn how to find a mentor.  Additionally, SDSU undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds have a handful of research-related scholarships available to them.

Explore more undergraduate funding options.

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