2020-2021 SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Fund Awardees

2020-2021 SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Fund Awardees


College of Ethnic Studies

Falu Bakrania, Associate Professor, Race and Resistance Studies, “Silicon Indians: Model Minorities and Technology in the age of Neoliberal Governance”

Anantha Sudhakar, Associate Professor, Asian American Studies, “Next Door Narratives: The Figure of the Neighbor in Asian American Women's Fiction”


Graduate College of Education

Christy Lao, Associate Professor, Elementary Education, “Project CIP: A Study of Effectiveness of Chinese Immersion Programs”

Kathleen Mortier, Assistant Professor, Special Education, “Inclusion Pilot Project”

Betty Yu, Associate Professor, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, “A study of the interactional supports that help young children on the autism spectrum from minority-language families learn English”


College of Health and Social Sciences

Fang-Yu Chou, Professor, Nursing, “Central Obesity and Cancer Prevention for Chinese American Women (Continuation)”

Gretchen George, Assistant Professor, Family, Interiors, Nutrition, & Apparel, “Reducing Anti-Fat Attitudes and Weight Bias Among First Year Experience Students”

Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy, “Perceptions of Student Success”


Lam Family College of Business

Todd Feldman, Associate Professor, Finance, “Too Big to Fail Implied in US Bank Stock Returns”

Minu Kumar, Professor, Marketing, “Wait, wait, please tell me what is the risk of the drug in that commercial?”

John Logan, Professor, Labor and Employment Studies, “Protecting California Food Chain Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic”


College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Michael Anderson, Professor, Classics, “Via Consolare Project and SF State Excavations in Pompeii 2020-2021”

Laura Green, Assistant Professor, School of Cinema, “Camp Widow Documentary”

Jenny Lederer, Assistant Professor, English Language and Literature, “Medium Shapes Message: What the New Era of Screen-to-screen Communication Teaches Us about Language Structure and Use”



Morning Star Padilla, Art and Humanities Librarian, Library Research and Instruction Services, “Mapping Information Literacy for Student Success”


College of Science and Engineering

Melissa Hagan, Assistant Professor, Psychology, “Coping with the COVID Pandemic and Other Traumatic Stressors: Identifying Targeted Techniques for Recurrent Negative Emotion Regulation”

Mary Leech, Professor, Earth and Climate Sciences, “Thermodynamic modeling of high-pressure/-temperature rocks from the Adirondack Highlands, New York”

Jingjing Qiu, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, “Electrifying organic synthesis: investigation of electro-oxidation of 4-(hydroxymethyl) benzoic acid”

Restarting Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities at SFSU

With the help of the University Research Council and the University COVID-19 Budget and Logistics Committee, we have been working to create the necessary application documents in order to restart RSCA activities both on-campus as well as in the field. In light of multiple public health and safety concerns, the SFSU administration is cautiously beginning to allow for activities to resume following the guidance provided by the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.   


  • For faculty needing to return to campus in order to pursue their RSCA, we request that you complete the COVID-19 Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities On-campus Application. Application window for on-campus work: August 11 to August 18

APPLY HERE for On-Campus Work


  • If you would like to resume fieldwork the does not involve Human Subjects, please fill out the Fieldwork Approval Application. Application window for Fieldwork: August 11 to August 18.

APPLY HERE for Fieldwork Approval




SFSU Guidance for Human Subjects Research here


Priority will be given to work that fits within the categories emphasized by the Chancellor’s Office Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Directive ( ). 


Only the following buildings are slated to be available to support on-campus RSCA activities: Burke Hall, Creative Arts, Fine Arts, Gymnasium, Hensill Hall, HSS, Science, Thornton Hall, and the Romberg Tiburon Campus.  Please note: the list may change at any time pending Chancellor’s Office and SFSU Budget and Logistics Committee guidance.



In order to process the applications in a timely manner, they will be evaluated in several batches over the next several months. All applications for on-campus work will be evaluated by a committee of faculty from throughout campus as well as the University COVID-19 Budget & Logistics Committee.


COVID-19 Guidance for Research and Sponsored Programs (08.27.2020)

COVID-19 Guidance for Research and Sponsored Programs (08.27.2020)


SF State’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs continues to operate as normal. The ORSP team will continue to support proposal submissions, assist with post-award transactions, as well as process human/animal subjects protocols. If you have any questions, please feel free to email


Please see San Francisco State Travel FAQs for COVID-19 Crisis


Grant Funded Staff/Student Assistants

Grant funded staff and students will be paid during this time for scheduled hours. Please note, for hourly staff and student assistants, hours will still need to be entered (by the staff/students) and approved (by PIs) in Gateway as usual in order for staff and students to be paid. This may change in the future we will do our best to communicate to those it affects as quickly and clearly as possible.


Proposal Submissions

We strongly encourage PIs to follow the 7 business day internal deadline for finalizing budgets, budget justifications and abstracts for internal review. Given the priorities on campus at the moment, we need to allow adequate time for internal and review and approval.



Since many PIs will not be on campus, ORSP will process as much as possible electronically and via DocuSign. Please set up your DocuSign by logging in with your UIN and password at



During this time we are encouraging the use of Zoom for meetings with ORSP staff in order to reduce the need for in-person meetings.  


 Agency Guidance
          Please note this is not an exhaustive list.

National Science Foundation

NSF Funding Opportunities


National Institutes of Health


Proposal Submission & Award Management

Human Subjects & Clinical Trials

Animal Welfare

Peer Review

  • Based on NIH Guidance on Travel and Meetings Link to Non-U.S. Government Site - Click for Disclaimer, in-person NIH peer review meetings are being held in alternate formats. Scientific review officers will be in contact with peer reviewers about these changes.


NIH Funding Opportunities


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Availability of Administrative Supplements and Revision Supplements on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)


Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) regarding the Availability of Administrative Supplements and Urgent Competitive Revisions for Research on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)





United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA)



Department of Defense


National Endowment for the Humanities


National Endowment for the Arts


Institute of Museum and Library Services


California State Agencies

State of California Coastal Conservancy

  • Guidance
    • In the meantime, if you are a current grantee or contractor of the Conservancy, you know that the Conservancy requires paper invoices with original signatures. We are making every effort to get approval to process invoices electronically. Starting immediately, please submit your invoices BOTH in paper (via the mail as usual) and electronically. The electronic version should be a complete copy of the paper invoice and should be emailed directly to your Conservancy Project Manager. We are also working on approval for electronic signatures on new contracts and grant agreements. If you have mailed in an invoice to the Conservancy in the past 7-10 days, it would likely speed the processing time if you emailed the electronic version to your project manager now.

 Department of Education


Additional Resources


SF State IRB Guidance for Human Subject Research during COVID-19


Council on Governmental Relations (COGR)

State of California

Office of Management and Budget


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


 Information valid as of August 27, 2020

Exemplars in Engineering Research Live Webcast

“Exemplars in Engineering Research”

Live Webcast: Registration Link
Presented by the Department of Research
Thursday, September 3rd, 2020
Presentation: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
(Lobby opens 10 minutes prior to live session)

• Cutting-edge engineering research in the CSU
• Development of batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors for sustainable energy
• Multidisciplinary approach to create engineered tissues and scaffolds for tissue repair.
• Development of new materials for biomedical and water purification applications
• Bioelectrochemical systems for energy and nutrient recovery
• Development of tissue engineering strategies
• High energy density storage system development
• Study of interactions (or coupling) in complex dynamical systems
Chris Bachman , Cal State LA, Electrochemical Energy Storage for Sustainable Technologies
Perla Ayala , Cal State Long Beach, Engineering Models for Tissue Repair
Sankha Banerjee , Fresno State, Design and Fabrication of Electro and Photo-active Materials for Applications in Biomedical Devices and Water Purification
Christy Dykstra , San Diego State, Resource Recovery Using Bioelectrochemical Systems (BESs)
Christopher Heylman , Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Vascularized Human Tumors on a Chip for Drug Screening
Dahyun Oh , San Jose State, Physical Chemistry: Incorporation of VR into Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Quantum Mechanics
Subhradeep Roy , CSUN, Study of Interactions in Complex Dynamical Systems
Register via this link by August 25th. When registering, you will need to provide:
1. Full name
2. Title and Department
3. Campus
4. Email address
6. Any additional topics and questions your campus would like addressed

Funding Opp: CZI Deep Tissue Imaging RFA

CZI Deep Tissue Imaging RFA


Sponsor: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Source: Private
Title of Funding OpportunityCZI Deep Tissue Imaging

Deadline: August 6, 2020 by 5 p.m. PST


Synopsis of offering:

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Imaging program seeks to enable researchers everywhere to visualize, measure, and analyze the biological processes underlying health and disease. CZI invites applications for its new Deep Tissue Imaging Request for Applications (RFA) to help support innovations in deep tissue imaging technology, focused on obtaining critical, high-resolution data at the cellular level.

This RFA supports the development of technologies that will allow researchers to view information at cellular resolution, in complex tissue and through skin and bone, in living organisms. Awards are $1 million in total over 2.5 years for each pilot project, and successful pilots will be eligible to apply for additional four-year follow-up grants.

More information here 


To meet the goals of catalyzing new ideas and inspiring innovative science, the Deep Tissue Imaging RFA is structured as a two-phased funding opportunity.

Phase 1: In the first phase, we invite letters of intent (LOI) where applicants will provide a short proposal detailing the current state-of-the-art technology they are working on and how their project advances this technology. ○ A subset of the LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full application for 2.5-year (30-month) pilot awards ($1 million total costs/award).

Phase 2: At the conclusion on the 2.5-year pilot period, successful pilot projects in Phase 1 will be eligible for application and evaluation for an extended 48-month grant award ($10 million total costs/award, or $2.5 million total costs/award/year), for a total of up to $11 million total over six-and-a-half years for the entirety of the project (Phase 1 and Phase 2). We anticipate awarding Phase 2 four-year grants to a subset of the eligible Phase 1 pilot projects.

More information here



  • Applications may be submitted by non-profit and for-profit organizations, public and private institutions, such as colleges, universities, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local government, companies, and eligible agencies of the federal government. As part of the application process, for-profit organizations may need to provide additional information on the charitable purposes of the proposal. Grants are not permitted to individuals; only to organizations.


Application Specifics: All applications must be completed and submitted through CZI’s online grants management portal at It is recommended that applicants familiarize themselves with this portal well in advance of the application deadline. Detailed application instructions are available on the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative website, as well as in the grants management portal.

More information here