Rapid Response Program

Program Overview: The Division of Research and Innovation is pleased to announce the SDSU Rapid Response Grants program for faculty research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA). This program will help faculty to 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.) within three months of the close of the award period. Awards periods can range from three to six months, depending on project needs. For this program, faculty can apply to several levels of funding that are connected to the amount of extramural funding sought (please see table below). We encourage interdisciplinary and multi-institution collaborations; however, non-SDSU collaborators are not eligible to receive grant funds. Furthermore, on a multi-institutional application, SDSU must serve as the prime and not as a sub-contractor on the grant proposal.

Eligibility: Tenured or tenure-track faculty at all academic ranks. All Unit 3 faculty can serve as Co-Principal Investigator or Co-Project Director for this funding. Faculty can only receive funding from this program once during an academic year.

Award Specifics: Applicants can request $10k-$25k in funding depending on the amount of extramural funding sought in a future proposal. DRI expects to fund at least three proposals for the 21/22 academic year.

Target RFP/RFA Budget1

Rapid Response Funding Request

$75k - $200k

Up to $14,999k

$201k - $500k

Up to $20k

Over $500k

Up to $25k

1Total grant funding, including direct and indirect costs 

Applications will be taken on a rolling basis until funds for the academic year are spent.

Application Details: 

Application Form: Applications will be accepted via the InfoReady online competitions portal. Please click here to start the application process and carefully follow the instructions within the competition. 

Application Narrative and Description: This section of the application should be single-spaced, 11-point font, with minimum 0.5 inch margins (3-pages maximum). The narrative and description should be written in a style that is accessible for reviewers outside of the applicant’s area(s) of expertise and should address the following:

  • The importance of the problem or need being addressed by this project.
  • How will this project advance your discipline(s) or field(s) of work? What is the contribution to your discipline(s) or field(s) of work?
  • Describe the scope of the project, including the methodology for this work.
  • What is the length of funding needed to complete the project? Funding length can range from three to six months.
  • How does the project fit within the identified funding mechanism or request for proposals or applications?
  • For projects with multiple investigators or institutions, describe how these collaborations will strengthen the proposed project.
  • Project timeline that includes important milestones and the submission date for the targeted extramural funding opportunity.

Bibliography/References (1-page maximum).

Team and Institutional Roles: For projects with multiple team members, please provide the name of each team member as well as the team member’s department/school. Briefly describe the role of each team member and their contributions to the project. If your project includes other institutions, provide a brief description of how that institution will contribute to the project (1-page maximum). 

Evidence of Scholarship: Please summarize evidence of discipline-specific research, scholarship, or creative activities for the applicant (PI/PD) and other key collaborators (up to two) on the project that is directly relevant to the project. Be sure to include any previously funded grants for the past 3 years in this summary (9-pages maximum). 

Budget and Budget Justification: Please provide a budget and associated budget justification based upon the funding level for your project. Expenses should be directly related to your project. The following lists are representative, not exhaustive. If you have a specific funding need that you have questions about, please contact Mark Reed ([email protected]). 

The following are allowable budget expenses:

  1. Salary for non-faculty staff and students.
  2. External grant writers or reviewers.
  3. Funds to collect pilot data.
  4. Purchase of small equipment for data collection or research purposes.
  5. Data transcription or translation services.
  6. Travel for data collection or research purposes.
  7. Supplies related to data collection (e.g. Biology, Chemistry, computer supplies, etc.).
  8. Participant incentives.
  9. Consultant fees.

The following are non-allowable budget expenses:

  1. Faculty salary.
  2. Conference-related travel expenses.
  3. Assigned time for faculty.
  4. General office or printer supplies.
  5. Publication fees.
  6. Rent or space costs.
  7. Tuition.

Targeted RFP or Grant Funding Announcement(s): Please include a PDF copy of the targeted RFP(s) or grant announcement(s) in your application packet.

Letter of Support from College Dean: Please obtain a letter of support from the PI/PD’s College Dean. 

***Please upload and submit a single PDF file that includes your application narrative and description, bibliography/references, team and institutional roles, evidence of scholarship, budget/budget justification, targeted RFP/grant announcement(s), and College Dean letter of support.***

Application Review: The Division of Research and Innovation will review these applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be scored using the following criteria: 1) Clarity of proposal; 2) Current research/scholarship success of applicant and team (if applicable); 4) Extent to which the project will contribute significantly to discipline or field of work; and 5) Potential of project to lead to grant funding. 

Reporting: Applicants are expected to submit a grant proposal for extramural funding. At the end of the project period, DRI will send awardees a report template to complete. Reports are due 3-months after the funding period has ended. Reports will include the final submitted proposal. DRI will send report reminders to awardees before the report is due.