Grant administration encompasses the processing and administrative work that happens throughout the grant lifecycle. Grantees are encouraged to email questions to
CSUPERB. Calls to the program office are also encouraged and accepted at (619) 594-2822.
The guidelines below pertain specifically to the following seed grant programs: Curriculum Development, Joint Venture, New Investigator and Research Development.
For other CSUPERB grant programs, see the individual Request for Proposal (RFPs).
Grant funds (with the exception of Faculty and Student Travel Grants) will be transferred via a Cash Posting Order (CPO) during the year the grant is awarded, unless otherwise agreed upon with the CSUPERB program office. Funding for projects involving animal or human subjects will not be transferred until CSUPERB has received confirmation of IACUC or IRB approval from the Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) campus. The campus may be able to help make purchases or pay personnel before funds reach the campus, because the fiscal officer in the college or department office will be informed of pending CSUPERB grants. Please note that CSUPERB grant funds are state funds and should be spent within state accounts and regulations. The PI and the PI’s campus are responsible for carrying over CSUPERB grant funds between State of California fiscal years.
The CSUPERB program office will refer to a grant by its title post-award, so please use the correct and full grant title in all correspondence and reports. All post-award correspondence is sent to the PI only. The PI is responsible for forwarding information to any co-PIs or key personnel.
Budget Adjustment Request
The CSUPERB program office must approve substantial changes in the budget before the project plan or operational budget is modified. Refer to the contact information at the top of this page.
Changes requiring approval are:
* The five budget categories are: 1. Salaries, 2. Equipment, 3. Supplies/Materials, 4. Travel, 5. Other.
The PI should submit a budget adjustment request (BAR) to the CSUPERB grants official listed on the BAR form. The BAR should include dollar amounts of requested changes and names of all personnel involved in salary changes, if known. Additional documentation such as a letter from the chair or dean may be requested by CSUPERB, if applicable. Requests to move funding out of a student salary line item should be well-justified and should explain how students will remain involved in the project. Requests to fully remove student involvement on a project will be approved only in rare instances. Changes to Industry Partnership Initiative Cost Match amounts should be submitted on the CSUPERB Grant Change Request Form (described below).
Requests to purchase any item that was not approved for funding in the proposal review process will not be considered without strong supporting justification. In addition, PIs should not purchase personal computers with CSUPERB funds unless this was specifically requested in the proposal and approved by the review panel.
Any remaining unused grant funds greater than $250 should be returned to CSUPERB after the grant final report is submitted.
Grant Change Request Form
Extension approvals are rare, due to the relatively small size of CSUPERB grants and duration of the original grant period (18 months). Investigators wishing to request an extension should include in their justification:
COVID-19 Postpandemic Faculty Support Program COVID-19 Research Recovery Microgrant awardees are required to submit a final report to CSUPERB within 90 days of the project end date. Once completed, submit the final report to
COVID-19 Research Recovery Microgrant Program COVID-19 Research Recovery Microgrant awardees are required to submit a final report to CSUPERB at email@example.com within 90 days of the project end date.
Graduate Student Research Restart Program Graduate Student Research Restart awardees are required to submit a final report to CSUPERB at firstname.lastname@example.org within 90 days of the project end date.
Seed Grants—Seed Grant Report System Curriculum Development, Joint Venture, New Investigator and Research Development grantees must submit a final report within 90 days of their grant end date. A delinquent report may jeopardize future funding from CSUPERB. Final reports are submitted via the web-based Seed Grant Reporting System at the above link. CSUPERB PIs are also responsible for submitting Long-Term Impact Reports for three years after the Grant Final Report is submitted. Each year, CSUPERB will contact the PI and provide a unique link to the specific report(s) that need(s) updating.
Faculty and Student Travel Grants—Faculty Travel Grant Report Form or Student Travel Grant Report Form (.doc) Recipients of Faculty and Student Travel Grants must submit their grant report within 30 days of completing their trip. If the trip occurred before the award was received, the grantee should submit their report to email@example.com within 30 days of the award notification.
Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars and Presidents' Commission Scholars The CSUPERB program office will provide these scholarship recipients with instructions for completing their report(s) via our web-based reporting tool.