SF BUILD is excited to announce the release of the Fall 2018 Mini Grant RFA! Applications due August 14th.

SFSU faculty whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco are encouraged to apply for the mini grant. Proposals should involve SFSU students and encourage a sense of giving back to the communities. This year, a UCSF faculty collaborator is required. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SFSU students and their communities. Mini-grants of up to $40,000 each will be awarded to 4 successful applicants! For the RFA, click here.

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SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Funding Opportunity

Key Dates

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 5:00 PM (no exceptions)
  • Anticipated Announcement of Funded Proposals: June, 2018
  • Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s) for awards: July 1, 2018


The SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Fund aims to support the creation of new or ongoing research projects and scholarly activities (including creative works and community-engaged activities) that encourage application to externally funded opportunities and/or bring external recognition to the PI and university.

Two separate grant opportunities are available within this single announcement.

•    Faculty who are creating new projects, new scholarship activities, or new creativity directions are encouraged to apply for a Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants, funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

•    Faculty who are engaged in continuing work (e.g., preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication, completing creative work, conducting data analysis), or other scholarly work (e.g. pilot data) leading to external funding proposals, are encouraged to apply for an ORSP Small Grant.

Please see the decision tree to ascertain which funding opportunity (DRC or ORSP Small Grant) best fits your proposed activities. Note: You may only apply to one of the opportunities not both.

Grant size

Individual projects involving 1 faculty members may request up to $10,000

Collaborative projects involving 2+ faculty members may request up to $15,000

Instructions for Applying

Apply Here


Contact Information

Jessica Mankus, PhD
Grant Development Specialist


Tel: 415-338-3052


NSF Grantwriting Workshop

NSF offered a free grantwriting workshop for faculty, postdocs, and grant administrators from regional, post-secondary institutions in the area at the UCI HSI Conference 2018. The purpose is to familiarize prospective PIs on the process that NSF uses for proposal submission, review, and grants management.

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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.