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Faculty Research Incentive Award Program

2023-24 Application

Application Deadline:
Closed for 2023-2024 Academic Year

CSU-WATER will be accepting applications for funding for the 2024-2025 academic year in Spring of 2024. The purpose of the CSU-WATER Faculty Research Incentive Award Program is to provide funding for CSU faculty members to develop and submit full proposals to external funding agencies and organizations for water-related research and educational projects.


Applications to develop full proposals on any fundable topic are eligible, provided they seek to advance knowledge of California’s water-related issues and the processes that affect them. In accepting an award, a Principal Investigator (PI) commits to develop and submit a full proposal for external funding through their host campus research office. A proposal for external funding is to be submitted within twelve (12) months of the start of the award.


All CSU assistant, associate and full professors are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to assistant and associate professors.


CSU-WATER anticipates making multiple awards during the 2024-2025 academic year application cycle, contingent upon continued funding. Funding provided will be up to $6,000 per PI. Each individual PI applicant may request funding for assigned t ime, overload, summer pay, paid student interns, or any viable combination. Funds will be transferred to the award recipient’s College through a Cash Posting Order (CPO) and managed by the respective Dean. Office Awards are not subject to campus indirect costs (facilities and administrative fees) or any other type of fees from any source.

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