Monthly Memo of Announcements – Mar. 15, 2018

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From the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, SF State

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
A digest of updates and announcements Mar 15, 2018


SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Funding Opportunity

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.

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

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Scientists launch first long-term effort to measure acidification in SF Bay

Visitors to the Tiburon shoreline may notice a new addition to the seascape — a five-foot tall, bright yellow buoy anchored just offshore San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. The Bay Ocean Buoy (BOB) and its companion mooring for Marine Acidification Research Inquiry (MARI) bring together researchers at SF State, the University of California, Davis and several other partner organizations and funders. It represents the first effort to perform long-term scientific monitoring of ocean acidity and carbon dioxide in the waters of the Bay.

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Mushroom discovered by SF State biologist will be first featured on U.S. postage stamp

After 226 long years, fungus fanatics around the country can rest easy. A United States Postal Service stamp will finally feature a mushroom — specifically, a glowing species discovered by San Francisco State University Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin and his colleagues in Brazil. Mushrooms have been bit players in a few USPS stamps as part of larger forest scenes, but stamp-wise, this is their big break.

Desjardin and his colleagues have been petitioning the USPS for years to focus on fungi. “We’re really excited about it coming out,” he said. “Having a luminescent mushroom featured shows that fungi are just as important as all of the other organisms that have graced U.S. stamps.”

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Students in BECA international service-learning course see social justice in action

Iván González Martínez lives in Chilcuautla, Mexico, with his mom and has big dreams. The 13-year-old is obsessed with video games and eventually wants to become a computer programmer. The only problem is he’s paralyzed from the neck down and in the past he’s had difficulty traveling to and from school. Iván and his mother are one of the families featured in a short film about Access Exchange International (AEI), a non-governmental organization based in the Bay Area that advocates for accessible transportation for seniors and people with disabilities around the globe. Last summer, students in a San Francisco State University Broadcast and Electronic Arts (BECA) international service-learning course traveled to Mexico and shot and edited films that will help AEI raise awareness and funds around the issue of accessibility and public transportation.

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Grant Management Tip of the Week 
10 Common Grant-Writing Mistakes (The Chronicle,01/04/18)

If you are applying for a grant…

  • Review the funding opportunity announcement to confirm appropriateness and eligibility
  • Tell ORSP you want to apply by filling out our online PI CheckList
  • Consider contacting the Program Officer to discuss suitability of idea(s)

Stay on the Route to Successful Grant Submissions

Free Online Workshops

 Introduction to Finding Grants

• Introduction to Proposal Writing

• Introduction to Project Budget

ORSP provides campus-wide access to the powerful and flexible funding research tool “Pivot.”

With a few easy steps, you can sign up for a Pivot account, link it to a pre-populated profile (or create a new one), and instantly find funding opportunities. For step-by-step instructions on getting started with pivot follow the steps here.  

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

Still have questions please contact Jessica Mankus


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