One year after achieving an R2 designation from the Carnegie Foundation, Fresno State shows no signs of slowing down. As noted in last week's Fall Assembly, the University recorded a remarkable fifth straight record year in grants and contracts in 2022-23. Our congratulations to the faculty and staff who received 434 awards and $70.7 million to support their research and scholarly activities – a 29.2% increase over 2021-22.

Grants and contracts come in all shapes and sizes, from modest awards to individual faculty members to multimillion-dollar grants that involve collegewide, universitywide and communitywide cooperation. A total of 560 proposals were submitted last year, including 96 each from the College of Science and Mathematics, and more than 80 each from the College of Health and Human Services and the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.

After an extended absence due to the pandemic, we're looking forward to celebrating your success with the return of our PI Appreciation Luncheon on Oct. 17 in the Resnick Student Union. We're also planning a full slate of workshops on everything from proposal development to grant management. Finally, the year ahead culminates with Research Week during the first week of April, highlighted by the 45th Annual Central California Research Symposium. It's sure to be another exciting year in research at Fresno State; we look forward to supporting your efforts.

>> Submissions and Awards Report (SAR)


  • Fayzul Pasha (Civil & Geomatics Engrg) received a five-year, $150,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to help the Sierra National Forest with infrastructure projects funded by the Great American Outdoors Act.

  • Tim Hamel (Kinesiology) received a $20,000 grant from the Fresno Unified School District for Health Pathway students to participate in the Sports Science Institute at Fresno State. 

  • Amanda McKeith and Kyle Thompson (Animal Sciences and Ag Ed) received Campus ARI funding for their project, Promoting Producer Resilience in California through Succession Planning and Olive Pomace Feeding Strategies in Cattle.

  • Pei-Ying Wu (LEBSE) received a $50,000 grant from the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools for the Strengthening Fresno County ECE Workforce Pipeline Project. 

  • Tania Pacheco-Werner (CVHPI) received a $100,000 grant from the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care to provide an evidence-based index to identify and pilot an equity-based placement priority index and data analysis.

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Claude C. Laval Jr. Award for Innovative Technology and Research:: Applications for this $5,000 award will be evaluated for creativity, innovation, practical application, and general merit. New this year: All currently enrolled full-time Fresno State undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines are eligible to apply. Each student applicant must list a faculty mentor in their application. Award will be made to the student applicant; faculty are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant. Apply via InfoReady by Sept. 29.

Claude C. Laval III Award for Commercialization of Research, Innovation and Creativity: Applications are invited from full-time faculty and students at Fresno State who have an interest

in pursuing the next steps towards technology transfer, commercialization and

entrepreneurship. Proposed budgets cannot exceed $10,000. Apply via InfoReady by Oct. 6.

>> Proposal Development Info


  • Bill Bommer (Management) received the Craig School of Business Faculty Award for Research and the Journal of Management's award for the highest impact paper over the past five years.

  • W. Saam Noonsuk (Art History) was featured in Fresno State Magazine for his work as a cultural adviser on the Fresno Chaffee Zoo's new Kingdoms of Asia exhibit.

>> Office of IDEAS: Faculty Stories


Congratulations to Kalyani Maitra (Chemistry and Biochemistry) and Nancy Vue (Advising and Career Development Center, Jordan College), who were among 30 faculty and staff from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) around the nation selected as part of the 2023 class of E. Kika De La Garza Fellows.

Both visited Washington, D.C. in July to learn more about the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) services and programs that will benefit them and their students. This effort is part of USDA’s commitment to advance equity in professional development opportunities as well as build a more diverse pipeline into public service and the agricultural sector.


  • ORCID Workshop for Researchers: Getting and using your free ORCID iD and ORCID record can help you save time and get credit for your work in funding, publishing, and research reporting. Funding organizations, publishers, and institutions are increasingly requiring or asking for ORCID iDs; this workshop will help you make sure you are ahead of the game. Wed. Aug. 30, 10-11 a.m. Free registration online.

  • STEM-NET Webcast: CSU NSF IUSE Program Exemplars: Weds., Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. Learn about cutting-edge CSU research funded by the NSF IUSE program, best practices and lessons learned, and student success stories. Register online.
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  • Congratulations to undergraduate student Daniel Hidalgo (Food and Nutritional Sciences), one of seven STEM-NET Summer Student Research program recipients. Daniel will present his research online on Friday, Sept. 8, at noon. Register here to participate in the program showcase.

  • Faculty, mark your syllabi and calendars and register your classes for the end-of-semester HIPs Symposium to be held on Friday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event gives students a chance to share their high-impact learning experiences with the community.

  • Fresno State's poultry science program was well represented at last month's Poultry Science Association annual conference in Philadelphia by recent graduates Brenda Hernandez Tapia and Cynthia Lopez, as well as faculty member Dr. Katy Tarrant.
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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.

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