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.


Sponsor: NIH 

Source: Federal

Title of Funding Opportunity: Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Program (SC1, SC2, SC3)

Link to program announcement


Pre- proposal submission deadline: October 2, 2017, 9 AM 

Single PDF document by email to: Michael Scott ( and Uschi Simonis (

NIH SCORE proposal submission date:  January 25, 2018

This call does not apply to SCORE-funded investigators who received priority scores < 40 on prior submissions.  Please contact Uschi Simonis ( if you are in this category.


Required materials for ORSP submission:

  1. Specific Aims page (limited to one page) 
  2. Information on your ability to successfully compete for SCORE funding and your commitment to training students nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research (limited to one page) 
  3. Biosketch – NIH format required (

Program officer contact information
(it is highly recommended that you contact this person early in the process)


Synopsis of offering: SCORE is a developmental program that is designed to increase the research competitiveness of faculty and research base of institutions with a historical mission and/or demonstrated track record of training and graduating students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. For more information on the program and the individual mechanisms (SC1, SC2, SC3) see:

Eligibility as stated by sponsor


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Questions about this limited submission opportunity

For CoSE PIs: Uschi Simonis, Assistant Dean for Research (CoSE),
All other units: Susan Pelton, Interim Director, ORSP,

Welcome Back from ORSP

Welcome Back!

As we begin this semester, I wanted to reach out and welcome everyone back for the new academic year.  We are excited to see all the interesting and engaging projects ramping up around campus, and ORSP is here to help you find external support for them.  A few reminders, it is helpful to everyone if could submit a PI Checklist as soon as you identify a funding opportunity for which you like to submit a proposal including federal, state, local, or foundations.  Also, please remember to speak with our talented HR team prior to hiring students or staff on your current grants.   We need to make sure all prospective employees fill out the required paperwork including I-9 verification before they actually start work related to the grant.

If you would like to find external support for your work, we have two practical ways to help you get funding.  First, we offer access to Pivot, and with this powerful database, you can search funding opportunities related to your research interests using simple keywords (remember start broad and refine as you go).   You can also make an appointment with our gifted Grant Development Specialist, Jessica Mankus, and/or me.   We can assist in identifying funding opportunities, discussing your ideas (are they fundable, what is reasonable for the grant you wish to apply for, etc.), and even offer to read through drafts as you craft the best possible proposal.

Finally, I’m pleased to announce that our extremely hardworking and dedicated faculty submitted 318 proposals last fiscal year resulting in a large increase of external grant support in comparison to the previous year. The majority of grant funding coming into SFSU goes directly to tuition, stipends, and salaries of our students, faculty and staff, and ORSP is here specifically to help bring in more funds to support the Gator community so please do not hesitate to contact our office.   ORSP is excited to assist your research, scholarship, and creative activities at SF State.

Go Gators!

Michael Scott

NSF Proposal and Award Policy Newsletter - Auguest/September 2017

NSF has revised eligibility standards by adding the new subcategory
Institutions of Higher Education (IHE). Special instructions have been added
for international branch campuses of IHEs. Specifically, if a proposal includes
funding to be provided to an international branch campus of a U.S. institution
(including through use of subawards and consultant arrangements), the
proposer must explain the benefit(s) of performing (part or all) of the project
at the international campus. Further, the proposer must justify why the
project activities cannot be performed at the U.S. campus.


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Campus Census on Researchers interested in Big Data and Health

There is a growing community of scholars interested in "Big Data" and issues related to health and healthcare on this campus.  There are also several campus initiatives to foster "Big Data" collaborations, including the Big Data and Health Cluster and Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL Lab). To better facilitate collaboration​, The Big Data and Health Cluster and Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL Lab) invite faculty to respond to a short survey​ to connect with these on-going initiatives.

If you would like to know more about this survey, please contact Dr. Sepideh Modrek, Assistant Profressor of Business,