CSUPERB administers and manages several grant programs for California State University (CSU) faculty and students. For more information about each program, click on the appropriate link below or at the left. We maintain a database of previously funded grants and awards so that applicants, administrators and the public can see what kinds of projects CSUPERB has funded since 1999.
One of the most frequent questions we get from prospective applicants is what 'CSUPERB's definition' of biotechnology is. We refer applicants to the long list of biotechnology applications and sectors listed at the Biotechnology Industry Association's (BIO) website or on the timeline at the Life Sciences Foundation. We explicitly add to these lists the medical device sector, recognizing its burgeoning importance to California's biotechnology industry and patient health.
BIO states simply that "biotechnology is technology based on biology." We agree and as a result, we accept innovative proposals from CSU faculty and students from life, physical, computer and clinical sciences, engineering, agriculture, math and entrepreneurship or business departments and programs who are working on projects that fuse biology and technology to "solve problems or make useful products."
New Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are posted on these webpages. If you have any questions about these grant programs, eligibility criteria or application procedures, please contact CSUPERB (619-594-2822).
Entrepreneurial Joint Venture Matching Grant Program
This grant program is aimed at providing matching funds for innovative joint ventures between CSU faculty and external partners (individuals, companies or institutions).
Faculty-Student Collaborative Research: New Investigator Grant Program
This grant program is open to CSU faculty who have yet to win their first external research grant. This program aims to provide CSU faculty with the resources required not only to successfully compete for follow-on, externally funded grants but also to involve CSU students in their scholarship and research programs.
Faculty-Student Collaborative Research: Development GrantProgram
This grant program aims to provide CSU faculty with continuing resources to fill gaps in external funding for ongoing research projects or to pilot new, but as-yet unfunded, research directions for established investigators.
Faculty Travel Grant Program
This grant program supports travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology research data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites. Tenured and tenure-track CSU faculty are eligible for this program.
Presidents' Commission Scholars Program
This grant program aims to support undergraduate students who will conduct biotechnology research during summer, 2016. This is the fifth year CSUPERB has offered this program, thanks to support from the CSU Chancellor's Office and the CSUPERB Presidents' Commission.
Curriculum Development Grant Program
Previously known as "Programmatic," this grant program will support the development of innovative general education courses, laboratories, and first-year experiences, as well as revisions to lower-level or introductory biotechnology-related courses. CSUPERB emphasizes the system-wide dissemination of curricular materials across the CSU system to engage, impact and prepare students in biotechnology.
Student Travel Grant Program
This grant program supports faculty-mentored CSU students. Travel to biotechnology-related professional meetings and workshops or to collect biotechnology data at shared instrumentation facilities or research sites is supported by this grant program.