Research and Sponsored Programs Update
The new academic year brings new beginnings and a new way to connect with faculty and staff for us in Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP). We’re excited to debut our monthly newsletter with a special focus on you – the people driving Fresno State’s bold new growth in grants and contracts activity. Our congratulations to the Fresno Staff faculty and staff who received 393 awards and $45 million to support their research last year – a record-setting amount and a 20% increase over the $37 million received in 2017- 18. We are proud to support their work:

  • The number of proposals increased by 12 percent (480 to 538)
  • The number of awards increased by 16 percent
(340 to 393)

The new semester also means changes in our office, where Doug Carey has been appointed RSP Director following the retirement of Ellen Shimakawa. A Fresno State graduate and Certified Research Administrator, Doug began his tenure with RSP as an administrative analyst in 1999 and served as a grants administrator for the past 12 years.

We hope you enjoy this inaugural issue of our newsletter. Please share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Updates may be related to a paper that has been accepted for publication in a high-impact journal, a book you’ve just published, or other updates you'd like to share with our office. Please include NEWSLETTER in the subject line and send details to [email protected]
Rajee Amarasinghe (Mathematics) received a $1.4-million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide scholarships to help majors in the integrated credential option pay tuition and other costs so they can concentrate on earning their degree.

Joseph Cassara (English) received a $5,000 grant from Cal Humanities to host Public Reading & Conversation with Visiting Fiction Writer(s), featuring Tommy Orange, Jamel Brinkley, and R.O. Kwon.

Ofelia Gamez ( College Assistance Migrant Program - CAMP ) received a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a new five-year period. CAMP provides access, orientation, academic, retention, personal, and financial assistance to entering freshman students from migrant or seasonal farm worker families.

Zhi Liang (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded two National Science Foundation grants totaling $552,474 over the course of three years.

Oscar Vega (Mathematics) was awarded a $352,749 grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Bolstering the Advancement of Mathematics Master's Students to Prepare for Doctoral Mathematics Programs”
Grant Proposal Workshops : Register now for our fall series of grant workshops, which run from Aug. 29-Oct. 7 and begin with our most popular offering, Getting Started with Grants or Contracts on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 10-11 a.m.

Other workshops cover topics on everything from budget development to compliance to research data sharing. All sessions are held in Thomas Administration, Room 117.

Grant Proposal Certificate Program : All tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to participate in the Grant Proposal Certificate Program. Now in its third year, the program is designed to encourage grant activity and includes attendance at various proposal workshops and individual meetings with RSP grant managers. Certificate recipients receive a Kennel Bookstore gift card during the year-end award ceremony.

USDA/NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) – Deadline: Oct. 15, 2019 - Addresses key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems.

NEH Humanities Connections Planning Grants (Deadline: Oct. 17, 2019)

The NIH Common Fund initiative , the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program, aims to accelerate biomedical, behavioral and social science discoveries by supporting exceptionally creative scientists proposing highly innovative, impactful research. Four annual funding opportunities are available, broadly divided by career stage (deadlines vary)
Congratulations to last year’s recipient of the Claude C. Laval Jr. Award for Innovative Technology and Research, Yuanyuan Xie (Mechanical Engineering), for his project titled, “A Study of Internal Thermal Degradation of Li-ion Battery on Electric Vehicles.” Applications are now being accepted from full-time faculty and students from all academic disciplines for this year’s award. Deadline: Friday, Nov. 15.
Fresno State subscribes to Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide comprehensive research ethics and compliance training to all faculty, students, staff, and administrators.

 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is part of funding requirements of both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

In addition to RCR training, other available courses include Human Subjects Research (HSR), Animal Care and Use (ACU), Conflict of Interest (COI), Information Privacy and Security (IPS) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
Central California Research Symposium: The 40th Central California Research Symposium was a huge success at our new venue at the Madden Library, where nearly 300 students presented their research, scholarship, and creative activities on May 1st; click here for a complete list of award recipients.

Plans are already underway for next year’s event, to be held Weds., April 15, 2020. All fields of research are considered for presentation to exchange further ideas among investigators and the general public. Be on the lookout for the Call for Abstracts in November.

Fresno State students made an impressive showing at the 33 rd annual CSU Student Research Competition at Cal State Fullerton in April. ( Click here for pictures from the event.) Students from every discipline are encouraged to participate in next year’s competition at CSU East Bay in April 2020. Application information to come in January.
Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative builds on five years of success. Researchers with the Central Valley Health Policy Institute at Fresno State say demographics, such as race and place, are key indicators of maternal health.

Two Fresno State students win national research award from pool of 5,000. Biochemistry majors Micah Olivas and Alyssa Rivera were among 496 undergraduate students nationwide awarded the 2019 Goldwater Scholarship for showing exceptional promise of becoming the next generation of natural sciences, mathematics and engineering research leaders.
This newsletter is compiled and published by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs . Part of the Division of Research and Graduate Studies , RSP helps faculty and staff apply for and secure external grant funds.   Please contact our office to learn more about our services and let us know how we can support your research and creative activities at Fresno State.   We look forward to working with you this year!
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