New Year, New Memo!

Welcome to 2018!

This year we are excited to share with you that the Weekly Memo is getting a new look. We are making the memo more user- and mobile-friendly. We are also separating the funding announcements from the other research and scholarship, workshop, ORSP office related announcements. The split will mean that you will still receive a weekly list of funding opportunities, however, the email will come from Pivot (see below for what it will look like). You’ll need to claim your profile in order to see the opportunities provide to you. So if you’re not using Pivot to search for funding opportunities now is the perfect time to start.

What’s Pivot?  check out Pivot  New Account User -  SFSU Single Sign on   page & learn how to create/claim your profile using your SFSU ID.

For how to get the most from Pivot check out their YouTube channel:

Still have questions please contact Jessica Mankus

Changes to Proposal Submissions in FY2018


The Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO) is notifying members of the research community of important changes to the core program solicitations effective in calendar year 2018. You are strongly encouraged to read the Dear Colleague Letter and the Frequently Asked Questions for complete details and contact your program officer for specific questions.

In order to promote interdisciplinary research that crosses biological scales and traverses current divisional boundaries, BIO will implement a “no-deadline”, full-proposal mechanism for receiving and reviewing proposals submitted to core programs in theDivision of Environmental Biology (DEB), the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB), and to the programs in the Research Resources Cluster of the Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI).

Contact Jessica Mankus ( with further questions. 


2018 Carnegie Fellows Competition

Carnegie Fellows Competition 

We are seeking nominees for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows program.  For 2018, the competition is focused on the areas listed below (full details attached) and SFSU is allowed to nominate two people, one junior (Ph.D. 2007 or later) and one senior scholar.  Nominees must be US citizens or permanent residents. Complete details can be found at .

Formal applications are due at the Foundation by November 17th.  In order to identify the two strongest applicants for SFSU, we request that faculty submit a 3-page proposal addressing one of the four broad topics as well as a one-page CV to both me ( and the ORSP grant development specialist Jessica Mankus ( by October 30th.  Once all of the candidates have been identified, a formal selection process will be completed by November 2nd.


2018 Fellows Program Timeline 

September 29, 2017 Call for nominations
November 17, 2017 Deadline for submission of materials by nominees
November 2017–April 2018 Nominations reviewed
April 2018 Winners announced


ORSP Small Grant Presentation 2017

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) invites the campus community to the annual Research Roundup. This stimulating event highlights the work of the ORSP Individual/Collaborative grant awardees. 

Each year the faculty who received ORSP small grants (internal funding) present their research/projects for about 5 minutes then answer questions for another 5 minutes. It’s very interesting learning about the wonderful research and projects happening on our campus.  

Come discover the wonderful scholarship and research happening on our campus.

Join us from 12:30 to 4:30 pm on Oct. 10, 2017 in Library 121.


ORSP Training

ORSP Training

Who? Faculty and Administrative Staff interested in learning about Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

What? Two hour training session broken into pre-award and post-award (i.e. before submitting the proposal and after getting the award)

When? Session 1: Wednesday October 11, 2017 from 9:30 to 11 am

Session 2: Tuesday November 7, 2017 from 11 am to 1 pm

Where? Faculty Commons (LIB 286)

Please RSVP to which date if interested in attending; the sessions will be identical.