Cal State Fullerton secured $46.1 million in grants and contracts during the 2022-23 fiscal year, the largest amount it has garnered in a single year to date and a 32% increase from the 2021-22 fiscal year.
Binod Tiwari, associate vice president for research and sponsored projects, shared that the largest increases in awarded projects this year were through State of California and local government sponsored projects.
“We saw a fourfold increase in funds in State of California sponsored projects and threefold increase in local government sponsored projects,” said Tiwari. “That was possible due to timely and coordinated efforts with pertinent CSUF offices, other CSU campuses as well as the Chancellor’s Office, and local as well as state government offices.”
Additionally, Tiwari noted that Cal State Fullerton submitted a record-high of $146.1 million in grant proposals, 35% of which have already been funded.
The university received 14 grants over $1 million, including:
- $4,754,802 from California Department of Health Care Access and Information for MSW Program Expansion Project (Mikyong Kim-Goh, professor of social work)
- $3,606,500 from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy: A Talent Development Program for Training Diverse Undergraduates for Careers in Regenerative Medicine (Nilay Patel, associate professor of biological science)
- $3,015,928 from The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley (prime sponsor: California Department of Social Services) for CalSWEC Title IV-E Program (Mikyong Kim-Goh, professor of social work)
- $2,990,794 from U.S. Small Business Administration for Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center 2023 (Michael Daniel, director of the Small Business Development Center)
- $2,950,000 from U.S. Small Business Administration for Orange County Inland Empire Small Business Development Center GO-Biz Technical Assistance Program 2022-23 (Michael Daniel, director of the Small Business Development Center)
- $2,880,800 from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine for COMPASS: An Inclusive Pipeline for Research and Other Stem Cell-Based Professions in Regenerative Medicine (Alison Miyamoto, associate professor of biological science)
- $2,156,120 from U.S. Department of Education for CSUF Upward Bound (Diana Vasquez, director of Upward Bound)
- $1,673,260 from National Institutes of Health for U-RISE at Cal State Fullerton (Math Cuajungco, professor of biological science)
- $1,487,985 from U.S. Department of Education for CSUF Upward Bound (Diana Vasquez, director of Upward Bound)
- $1,420,000 from Orange County Department of Education/OC Pathways (prime sponsor: State of California) for Orange County K-16 Education Collaborative (Doina Bein, professor of computer science; David Chenot, professor emeritus of social work; Elizabeth Holster, professor of art; Fernando Rodriguez-Valls, professor of secondary education; Debbie Vengco, director of marketing and enrollment management, Extension and International Programs; Maria Estela Zarate, professor of educational leadership; Jenny Zhang, associate dean of the College of Business and Economics)
- $1,370,000 from Sonoma County Junior College District for 2023 Career and Technical Education Survey (Laura Gil-Trejo, director of the Social Science Research Center)
- $1,180,214 from National Science Foundation for the CSUF-Led Partnership for Inclusion of Underrepresented Groups in Gravitational-Wave Astronomy (Geoffrey Lovelace, professor of physics)
- $1,039,144 from National Institutes of Health for 1/2 CSUF/UCI-CFCCC Cancer Health Disparities Research Program (Marcelo Tolmasky, professor of biological science)
- $1,001,350 from Harder+Company Community Research Inc. for CalOptima Member Needs Assessment Services (Laura Gil-Trejo, director of the Social Science Research Center)
“I am glad to see that our faculty and staff are getting attention from and being recognized by top-tier funding agencies for their research and community engagement projects,” said Tiwari. “Knowing that the investment we have made in the past four years on faculty and staff professional development have shown significant positive results in increasing externally funded research grants, we will intensify that effort in this coming year.”
During the 2023-24 fiscal year, the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects will continue such programs as faculty travel grants, open-access publication fee support, intramural grant funds, grant writer support, and the Summer Undergraduate Research and Advanced Grant Writing academies. To learn more, visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects website.