After an extended absence due to the pandemic, we're excited to celebrate Fresno State faculty and staff who have received external research funding with the return of our Principal Investigator (PI) Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Resnick Student Union.

We have plenty to celebrate after recording a remarkable fifth straight record year in grants and contracts in 2022-23 with 434 awards and $70.7 million in awards. Join President Jiménez-Sandoval and Provost Fu as we applaud your efforts; please RSVP by Tues., Sept. 26.

>> 2022-23 Submissions and Awards Report (SAR)


  • Wei Wu (Construction Management) received a three-year, $345,237 grant from the National Science Foundation for Fresno State’s first NSF Mid-Career Advancement Award. Dr. Wu’s project focuses on designing engaging and inclusive STEM learning experiences with extended reality.

  • Jim Boren (MCJ) received a $35,000 grant from the McClatchy Foundation to support operations for the Students of Color Training Program, including student stipends and the Youth Leadership Institute.

  • Alejandro Calderon-Urrea (Biology) received Supplemental Funding for Equipment from NIH for his project, "Nematicidal Chalcones: A Genetic Approach to Uncovering the Action Mechanism."

  • Ginny Barnes (Library) received a $5,000 grant from California Humanities for her project, "Indigenous Wisdom: Celebrating our Central Valley Indigenous Elders."

  • Gurreet Brar (Plant Science) received a three-year grant from the Almond Board of California for his project, "Evaluation of Almond Rootstocks."

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Our Fall Workshop Series is packed with sessions featuring topics ranging from Grants 101 to budget development to research data sharing. All workshops will be held in-person in Thomas Administration 117. Click here for the complete schedule, including several in the next few weeks:

  • Auxiliary HR: How to Hire Staff/Students on Your Grant (Weds., Sept. 27; 2-3 p.m.)

  • Getting Started with Grants (Thurs., Sept. 28; 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.)

  • How to Find Funding: Pivot/Grants Resource Center (Thurs., Oct. 5; 1:30-2:30 p.m.)

  • Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) Overview (Thurs., Oct. 12; 2-3 p.m.)

  • Research Data Sharing and Management (Thurs., Oct. 19, from 1:30-2:30 p.m)
>> Fall Workshop Series schedule


  • Nancy Nisbett (Rec Admin) was inducted into the National Academy of Recreational Therapists and recognized as a Distinguished Fellow in Recreational Therapy.

  • Scott Sailor (Kinesiology) was elected to the board of directors for the National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation.

  • Betsy Hays (MCJ) received the Career Champion of the Year Award from the University's Career Development Center.
>> Office of IDEAS: Faculty Stories


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


Thanks to Dr. Chelsey Juarez of the Fresno State Forensic Anthropology Laboratory for showing our Research and Sponsored Programs team around her lab earlier this week! We always appreciate the chance to learn more about the incredible research being done on campus. Let us know if you'd like us to visit your center/institute/lab and we'll set it up!

>> Internal Proposal Deadline Policy


  • The 45th annual Central California Research Symposium is set for Wednesday, April 3 in the Resnick Student Union. Faculty are asked to encourage their students to apply when the Call for Abstracts is posted online in early October. If you have any questions, contact event co-coordinator Sarah Chaffins at 559.278.0856 or [email protected].

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


  • Nupur Hajela (Physical Therapy) was invited to present at last month’s Transatlantic Telehealth Research Network Conference in Berkeley on “Revolutionizing Healthcare Education: Telehealth Simulations Empower Next-Generation Interprofessional Healthcare Teams.”

  • Felipe Mercado (DSWE) had his debut book, "A Journey to Compassion: Learning to Stand Firm in the Face of Pain," recognized as the "Most Inspirational Non-fiction Book" at the International Latino Book Awards in the English category. 

  • The latest issue of #FresnoWriters is available online. An ongoing series on the Fresno State MFA blog, #FresnoWriters celebrates the professional accomplishments of students, alumni, and faculty in Fresno State’s Department of English and Creative Writing Program.
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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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