CSU Agricultural Research Institute (ARI)

The Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) exemplifies the mission of the California State University system by working for California and its citizens through partnerships across the agricultural industry and beyond. Through the colleges of agriculture on four CSU campuses and allied disciplines across the CSU, the ARI conducts applied research to ensure the sustainability of California agriculture.

What type of funding is available?

The ARI solicits proposals and funds applied research projects that support our mission to make California’s food and agricultural systems more resilient and sustainable. Agriculture is a multi-disciplinary field, and faculty from any discipline or campus are encouraged to apply.

ARI offers funding available for the following research priorities:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Biodiversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science/Safety/Security
  • Natural Resources
  • Production and Cultural Practices
  • Public Policy
  • Water and Irrigation Technology

Please visit the ARI website for full descriptions on each research priority. Projects are limited to $150,000 per year for up to three years ($450,000 maximum award, requires a project-related match (up to 50% may be in-kind), and an off-campus collaboration, please consult the FY 2019-2020 RFP for further details.

Please note that a PI must register and submit a pre-proposal (an abstract and short narrative) on or before Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The ARI will contact each registered PI to assist them in developing their proposal for the program. Full proposal invitations will be sent by May 1, 2019, and full proposals are due at 5:00 p.m. (PST) on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. 

How is funding awarded?

Funding for ARI is provided through a separate allocation via the Chancellor's Office.

How do I get support?

The Office of Research will assist faculty with grant development for ARI request. Please contact the Office of Research at 408-924-2272 or officeofresearch@sjsu.edu. For more detailed information on ARI, please feel free to reach out to the ARI Program contacts:

  • CSU ARI Executive Director - David Still, Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, dwstill@cpp.edu
  • CSU ARI Administrative Analyst - Andrea Frontino, amfrontino@cpp.edu