Internal Funding Opportunities
SDSU's Division of Research and Innovation provides extensive training on how to find research funds and offers a myriad of internal funding opportunities.
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, awarded for an 12-month period, and available to all unit-3 faculty.
Applications are due October 2nd, 2023.
The Division of Research and Innovation offers two Assigned Time for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities programs–an individual program and a team program.
The call for applications for the 24/25 Academic Year opens at the end of October and is due December 15th, 2023.
The purpose of the individual program is to provide faculty with time (3 units) to ensure the successful commencement, continuation, or completion of research, scholarship, or creative activity projects at SDSU.
The team program provides 3 units of assigned time for 2 to 3 SDSU faculty who are working on a grant proposal as a team (a grant proposal submission is required for this program).
The SDSU Grants for Established RSCA Program is designed to help faculty respond quickly to funding opportunities as they emerge.
Applications are currently open for the 2023-24 academic year.
The primary purpose of this 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 - $20k, depending upon the amount of extramural funding sought.
Applications are accepted during the fiscal year until all funds for the program are expended.
Funds are available to support Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) endeavors at SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley.
The call for applications is open until January 29th, 2024 on InfoReady.
The purpose of this program is to provide support to faculty RSCA efforts that will have significant long-term impacts on the research, scholarship, and creative activities of our campuses. DRI will be providing funds to support Postdoctoral Fellowships (with faculty matching) for a period of two years.
Every two to three years and depending on sufficient funding, the Division of Research and Innovation provides support for equipment or facility upgrades ($50k-$200k) as well as for the purchase of datasets for secondary analyses ($25k-$50k).
We anticipate a call for equipment in fall 2024.
Funds are available to support RSCA endeavors at SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley that will have significant long-term impacts on the research and scholarship of our campuses.
Requests can focus on the purchase of more significant equipment that is currently absent from our campuses, an upgrade of a core facility, or the purchase of large datasets used for secondary analysis research projects.
All requests must impact the research programs of multiple faculty. Requests serving a single faculty member will not be considered.
Cross-college requests are permissible. Colleges are required to match 30% of the equipment/dataset costs.
External Funding Search Resources
Connect with grant opportunities through these search services or by contacting our Research Advancement team.
Allows for greater customization by you, the user, and connects grant-seekers to proprietary grant support services that we have contracted for with Hanover.Please sign up for this notification service on the Hanover Research website.
PIVOT is a customizable, key-word based grant opportunity search engine. You have access to this database via your SDSUID single sign-on.
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.
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.