ORSP - RSCAP Mini-Grant Program:

About Mini-Grants

Funding for the RSCAP program is allocated annually to each CSU campus by the State Legislature. The intent of the legislation is to assist faculty in their efforts to remain current in their disciplines, pursue new ways to enrich student learning, and contribute to knowledge that will strengthen California socially, culturally, and economically. The legislative guidelines also emphasize the importance of encouraging and supporting untenured faculty.

Additional funding for Mini-Grants cycle is provided by the Instructionally Related Activities Program (IRA) for RSCAP Student Assistant Supplements. These supplements, funded by student fees administered by the Fee Advisory Committee, are available specifically for the purpose of involving paid Student Assistants in Mini-Grant projects.

The Faculty Subcommittee on Sponsored Programs (FSSP) evaluates Mini-Grant proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

RSCAP Mini-Grant funding may be requested for one or more of the following :

  • Basic or applied research (e.g., literature or archival search, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation);
  • Creative project (e.g., exhibit, artistic performance, development of new creative techniques);
  • Other scholarly activities in the applicant's field;
  • Research, scholarship, or creative activity that enhances student learning at SSU or that otherwise significantly benefits SSU students and the university;
  • Preparation of an external grant proposal to fund a specified piece of research, scholarship, or creative activity.

RSCAP Mini-Grant funding may not be requested for the following :

  • Fulfillment of the requirements for an advanced degree;
  • Activities designed mainly for department or school programs or facilities;
  • Curriculum development (except as part of a project involving research, scholarship or creative activity);
  • Faculty assigned time or faculty stipends;
  • Meeting refreshments/hospitality;
  • Attendance at workshop or seminars focusing on the development of grant-writing skills.