Research and Sponsored Programs Update
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to submit more grant proposals -- and we hope it was -- the best place to start is with the research administrator for your college. Our knowledgeable staff will discuss your research interests and be sure your grant journey heads in the right direction.

Wherever you are in the process, learning how to improve your proposal narrative is always a good idea. We encourage all faculty/staff to participate in this week’s free workshop presented by Leslie Ponciano, Director of Research Opportunities at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. Set for Friday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., the workshop covers topics such as writing about student engagement in research; articulating project rigor, merit, and impact; and improving writing quality. All faculty/staff are invited to participate, and the Zoom link will be sent after completing the registration form.
Thanks for your continued readership. If you’ve missed any recent issues, be sure to check out our archives, which features interviews with faculty members, award announcements and much more. Until next month, happy writing!
  • Emma Hughes (Criminology) received a $75,942 grant from the Calif. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation through the California Reentry and Enrichment (CARE) Grant program.

  • Alicia Brown Becton (CER) and Shail Lopez-Ortiz (Wayfinders) received a five-year, $2,341,790 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to enhance its capacity to promote successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities between the ages to 18-28 years.

  • Chris Fiorentino (Richter Center) received a total of $187,811 in federal/private funding from Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc., for the 2020-21 year.

  • John Capitman/Donna DeRoo (CCCHHS) received a $50,000 grant from The California Endowment to operationalize health and racial equity priorities in the San Joaquin Valley and neighboring counties.

  • Student Support Services-Disabilities received a five-year, $1,309,440 grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education to continue to help students develop the academic skills and personal development necessary to successfully pursue and complete a college degree.

  • Pei-Ying Wu (KSOEHD) received a $374,997 grant from USDE for the Fresno State Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program.
The Research and Grants Committee requests applications from faculty members for the annual competition for the 2021-22 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) awards. RSCA recipients will be awarded either three (3) units of release time or a $5,000 mini grant for conceptual, empirical, and artistic projects to advance their respective fields of inquiry and the College/University missions. All full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to apply via InfoReady. Proposals due by Mon., Feb. 22.
Dr. Stephan Sommer, VERC Center Director: “The research program's wide array of projects reflect the legacy of Dr. Vincent E. Petrucci, who oversaw the viticulture and enology program for 46 years.”

  • Hannah Ko (Physical Therapy) was selected by the California chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association as a centennial scholar.

  • Benjamin Boone (Music) was featured in an article on his newest album that employs the likes of U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and a host of others.

The Fresno State Transportation Institute (FSTI) has received seed grant funding through the California State University Transportation Consortium (CSUTC) to further transportation research and training on campus. For the new year, FSTI will allocate a total of $10,000 for transportation innovation projects and $40,000 for transportation research projects led by Fresno State faculty. Click here for more information on both programs and links to apply ahead of the Feb. 8 deadline.
The Call for Abstracts for the 42nd Annual Virtual Central California Research Symposium (CCRS) is now available online. The Symposium will be held via Zoom on Weds., April 14, 2021, and all fields of research are considered for presentation to exchange further ideas among investigators and the general public. Applicants are invited to choose one of the following formats: 12-minute oral presentation, poster presentation or 3-Minute Thesis oral presentation. Each student may submit only one application as a lead author. Abstracts are due Feb. 17, 2021.

Abstract Writing Workshop: An introduction to abstract writing, this workshop is aligned with the formal abstract specifications as outlined by the Central California Research Symposium committee. Click here to register for any of these virtual sessions.

Friday, January 29: 12 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3: 10 a.m.
Saturday, February 6: 10 a.m.
Monday, February 8: 3 p.m.
Tuesday, February 9: 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 11: 4 p.m.

CSU Student Research Competition: Undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply for this year’s event, which will be hosted virtually by Cal Poly Pomona on April 30 and May 1. Presentations from all disciplines are welcome. A total of 10 projects will be recommended to participate in the statewide event. Register online by Weds., Feb. 17.
Registration is open for the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase, to be held May 11–18. Share your federally funded project to improve STEM & CS education by submitting a 3-minute video. Discuss it online with researchers, educators, policy makers and the public. Registration is open until February 12.
CSU NSF IUSE Program Exemplars (live webcast), presented by the CSU Chancellor’s Office Department of Research. Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.- Noon
  • Jim Boren (Institute for Media and Public Trust) wrote a commentary on the uneasy relationship between the news media and the people they cover.

  • The CSU STEM-NET affinity group is launching a new podcast titled “All Things STEM,” featuring activities within the CSU system.

Please don't hesitate to contact the grants administrator for your college/unit as you explore potential funding opportunities. Also, be sure to share with us important news or updates on your research, scholarly, or creative activities. Include NEWSLETTER in the subject line and send details to [email protected].

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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