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SDSU CAREER Cohort (2023)

Early career faculty planning to submit an application to the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Program (aka the NSF CAREER) are welcome to join a cohort of SDSU faculty for accountability and support. The program, facilitated by the Division of Research, guides faculty from concept to submission, starting in the fall through submission in late July. Members can enlist an external consultant for proposal review, in addition to guidance on application components unique to a competitive CAREER proposal. For more information, contact Jessica Andrews, grant development specialist, in the Division of Research.

Previous Events and Training

When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2-3:30 p.m. Central 
Where: SDSU campus, Morrill Hall (SAD) room 104 or via Zoom

Those engaging in research that may be of interest to the Department of Defense (DoD), attended this overview session to learn about this well-resourced federal agency and tips on how to seek DoD awards successfully. The Division of Research and Economic Development provided this event, and the panelists included representatives from DoD EPSCoR (DEPSCOR).

When: Wed, Dec. 7, 3:30-5 p.m. Central
Where: American Indian Student Center (SAISC) 100 Classroom and Zoom
Presenters: Sarah Bad Warrior-Vrooman and Dianne Nagy

This Info Session was for faculty and staff interested in applying for FY24 Wokini Challenge Grant funds. It included an overview of program goals, examples of successful projects, engaging students, building Relationships, conducting Tribal research and an explanation of the application process.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022

The RSCA Challenge Fund aims to support faculty and staff in increasing their competitiveness for funding and elevate their presence in their fields. This webinar reviewed the purpose of the program and the application and review process. For the application (due Feb. 1, 2022), visit the university's InfoReady site.

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When: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022; 2:30-4 p.m. Central 
Where: SDSU campus, Morrill Hall (SAD) room 104 or via Zoom

If you're seeking grant funding from the USDA, this session presented tips about to help others learn about the idiosyncrasies of USDA funding from a panel of USDA-funded colleagues on how to successfully compete for awards. Panelists Ali Nafchi, Amber Letcher, Kristine Ramsay Seaner and Krista Ehlert discussed their experiences learning about USDA programs and funding trends, building relationships with program officers, and developing their ideas and teams.

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When: Sept. 28, 2022

If you're seeking grant funding from the NSF, this session presented tips about to help others learn about the idiosyncrasies of NSF funding from a panel of NSF-funded colleagues on how to successfully compete for awards. Panelists Chris Saunders, Carie Green and John McMaine discussed their experiences with NSF programs and funding.

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When: Tuesday, Sept. 13

This session provides a primer to research, scholarship and creative activity at SDSU with a focus on the lifecycle of research funding, from ideation to proposal submission to award management. 

Contextualizing knowledge creation
Prospecting/Finding Funding
Proposal development
Award management 
Core Facilities Information
AY 22/23 professional development opportunities

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The meeting introduced the SDSU seed funding opportunity for collaborative RSCA projects.

SPARC Kickoff Meeting
Monday, April 17 at 4 p.m. CT via Zoom.
Review the funding opportunity.

This meeting formally kicked off the Seeding Partnerships to Advance Research Collaborations (SPARC) initiative. The Division of Research gave a brief overview of this internal funding opportunity, answered attendee questions, and provided multiple thematic breakout rooms to connect with possible collaborators. 

Before the meeting, attendees reviewed this list of research focus areas to help them identify potential research team members from different focus areas. To learn more about the research interests of those listed, view their full responses to the SPARC survey.

For more information, contact the Division of Research at 688-6696 or

Tuesday, April 25,  2-3 p.m. CT, Morrill Hall (SAD) RM 104, SDSU campus and via Zoom

Those seeking grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) attended this session to learn about the peculiarity of NIH funding. They also gained tips from a panel of colleagues on how to compete for awards.

No registration was required by attendees.