The Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants for 2017-18

On behalf of Faculty Affairs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be running the competition for the following funding opportunity: The Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants


This program is funded by the CSU Chancellors office, but proposals will be reviewed and awarded within SF State. DRC awards are developmental in nature with a focus on supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work, as well as assisting established scholars to leverage nascent projects in ways that make a difference to their careers at SF State.


Grant opportunity
Up to $8,000 maximum budget per grant proposal for individual projects; $12,000 maximum for collaborative projects (Collaborators must be SF State tenured or tenure-track faculty members). Funds are available for the 2017-2018 academic year, including summer 2018. 


Tenured and tenure-track faculty including lecturers are eligible to apply. Early to mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to submit applications. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program. Faculty who received a DRC award for AY16/17 and current PDC members are not eligible for the 2017-18 grant cycle.


Instructions for Applying to the DRC Grants


Application deadline: Monday, October 31, 2016, 5 PM

Announcement of awards will be made by late December 2016.


Apply Here

Presentation on Bayesian Estimation in R

Professor of Biology Edward F. Connor will present "Bayesian Estimation in R," a brief introduction to the concept of estimation using Bayes' theories, which allow correcting test results for the skew introduced by false positives to estimate the real chance of the event occurring.

The presentation will be held Monday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286.

To reserve a spot for the full event (and a free lunch), RSVP by email to Can't come for the full time? No problem: Drop-ins are welcome but also are also encouraged to RSVP to ext. 5-3995. For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997.

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

Student Success in the Majors grants

Curricular complexity can pose a significant barrier to student success. The goal of any curricular redesign should be to maintain high standards while also assuring that curricular decisions increase the likelihood that first-time students will graduate in four years and transfer students will graduate in two years.

The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. Possible options — based on promising practices at other CSUs and beyond — include redesigning major courses to meet SF State Studies requirements or reducing prerequisites, but programs could propose other strategies that will serve the same goal of streamlining degree requirements.
Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-18. The result of the grant should be a proposed curricular change that is approved by the college and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning.

Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee’s endorsement by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Further instructions can be found at Contact Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

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DARPA - Young Faculty Award (YFA)

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Defense Sciences Office (DSO) is sponsoring a Proposers Day to provide information to potential proposers on the objectives of an anticipated Research Announcement (RA) for the Young Faculty Award (YFA) program.


The DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior faculty positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions and expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) and National Security challenges and needs. In particular, YFA will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research directions in the context of enabling transformative DoD capabilities.


The Proposers Day will be held on October 3, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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SF State is #1 in the nation for Gilman Awardees

The opportunity to study in another country for a year may feel financially challenging —especially for students who rely heavily on financial aid — but for 35 Pell Grant recipients of this year, this is not the case. 


At least 35 SF State Students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to help fund their study abroad programs next spring semester. For fall 2016, they each will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $8,000. Collectively, they have earned $157,500 in grant money.


With 35 recipients for fall 2016, SF State ranks first nationally in the number of awardees. Gilman continues to be an important source of study abroad funding for SF State students, the majority of whom receive financial aid.

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