February 22, 2022

This month brings a new format of communication from the Office of Research with a unified newsletter detailing information from myself, as well as Research Development, Research Compliance, and our essential partner in research administration, the San José State University Research Foundation. You’ll notice some changes in responsibilities designed to streamline the delivery of supports for the research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) lifecycle.

I want to take this opportunity to reflect on the RSCA culture at SJSU now that I’ve been here for a little over a quarter of a year. My excitement has only grown stronger over my tenure, as the talent of our faculty, staff, and students is evident. From biomedical engineering projects that explore smart biointerfaces for tissue engineering, new sustainable aquaculture methods that can feed a growing global population, research on supporting minority PK-12 students with disabilities, understanding how COVID-19 impacts the health and well-being of the LGBTQ+ community, to community-engaged artists that create interpretative responses to historical archives in Silicon Valley—it is clear the innovative RSCA work conducted across our campus has wide-ranging positive impact. I am proud to be fostering the teacher-scholar model as the driver to ensure our students have RSCA experiences within our labs and studios that change their lives and the lives of those in our local and global communities.

The new Office of Research monthly newsletter will be a single message to the campus RSCA community that highlights important tools available to support RSCA, internal initiatives and programs supporting RSCA, strategic external opportunities, and highlights of the current RSCA on-campus. We look forward to working with you as you continue to make the Spartan community proud with your important and innovative RSCA!

Richard Mocarski
Associate Vice President for Research

News from Research Development

Finding Funding

Funding a specific RSCA project or line of work, and indeed securing continuous RSCA funding throughout your career requires strategic planning, consistent monitoring for opportunities, and careful targeting of the right funding opportunities. As such, Research Development is now responsible for managing all aspects of finding funding.

Pivot logoPivot will now be the main tool with which to find RSCA funding and get automated funding alerts tailored to your RSCA needs. The Research Foundation’s Funding Alert System will soon be discontinued.

Pivot is a comprehensive funding opportunities database that features  customized funding searches, funding opportunity tracking, deadline alerts, and more. Pivot is available to faculty, staff, and students.

Explore Pivot. You will need to create a new account with your SJSU login information. Do not sign in using the “Institution’s Credentials” option. Workshops on how to use Pivot and create custom funding searches and tracking for your specific RSCA interests will be provided twice a semester. The next Managing Scholarly Online Identity and Using Pivot workshop is April 25, 2022, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You can also request a 1-1 Pivot training session from the Research Communications team in the Office of Sponsored Programs, who now works with Research Development in the finding funding space.

Curated Searches and Curated Lists

Searches and lists of strategic funding opportunities of general relevance to SJSU faculty are now available anytime you sign in to Pivot; they can also be accessed by the links below and on our RD General Funding webpage.

Arts and Humanities | Education, Economics, and Community Development | Health and Human Sciences and Social Sciences | Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math | SJSU Strategic Grants

Strategic Grant Highlights for the Month

Limited Submission Updates

The Limited Submission process has been fully automated and is managed by the Office of Research using the SJSU InfoReady portal. Our new limited submissions portal is where you access and complete the required LOI by clicking the relevant active link through the SJSU InfoReady portal.

Alerts of new and currently open limited submissions to the campus community will be achieved via this mid-month newsletter and a first-of-the-month email sent to deans, associate deans of research (ADRs), and any faculty who register for monthly notifications. Additionally, we will send just-in-time emails to deans, ADRs, and faculty with relevant RSCA for key late-breaking opportunities.

Sign up for monthly notifications.

Newly Released Limited Submissions & Upcoming Deadlines

  • NSF | Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
    Internal SJSU Deadline: 02/28/2022 | Sponsor Deadline: 03/25/2022

  • NSF | Expanding Capacity in Quantum Information Science and Engineering
    Internal SJSU Deadline: 03/11/2022 | Sponsor Deadline: 04/01/2022

  • NIH | Limited Competition: Basic Instrumentation Grant (BIG) Program
    Internal SJSU Deadline: 04/08/2022 | Sponsor Deadline: 06/01/2022

  • NEA | Media Arts Discipline
    Internal SJSU Deadline: 04/15/2022 | Sponsor Deadline: 07/15/2022

  • NSF | CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)
    Internal SJSU Deadline: 04/15/2022 | Sponsor Deadline: 07/15/2022

Further details can be found at the InfoReady portal.

RSCA In Five Faculty Short Talks

RSCA in Five logoTwo RSCA in Five: Faculty Short Talks are left in the Spring 2022 series. Please RSVP to attendand hear these exciting talks by SJSU faculty, or to present a talk about your own research.

View RSCA in Five Series Details

University Grants Academy

Applications are now open for the Summer 2022 UGA, which supports tenured and tenure-track faculty from across the SJSU campus through the process of writing a significant external grant proposal to fund their RSCA. For the first time, the Office of Research is offering a compacted 10-week version of the established program, running from June 6 to August 12. Successful applicants will receive a $4,000 summer fellowship and $500 in Professional Development funds. Applications are due by 5 p.m. April 4, 2022.

Workshops 

Have you seen our updated schedule of workshops for faculty? The coming semester heralds the arrival of new topics (Equipment Grants, MSI/HSI Programmatic Grants, NSF CAREER), alongside some excellent trainings for faculty starting on their RSCA journey (How and Why to Apply for the UGA, How to Write a RSCA Narrative), and many more.

View RD Workshops and RSVP.

SJSU Grad Slam - Apply Now

Please encourage your graduate students to apply for the 2022 SJSU Grad Slam through March 4, 2022. This is an opportunity for students to communicate their research in a manner that engages and informs a non-specialist audience – in three minutes or less! The Grad Slam allows students to enhance their professional development, create a video that they can include in their professional portfolios, and potentially win a cash prize. Winners can move on to regional and statewide competitions.

RSCA Tip of the Month - Be a Grant Reviewer

One of the best ways to learn about how agencies and programs review grants and what a fundable grant looks like is to volunteer to become a proposal reviewer. It is also a great way to get to know a program officer, and to learn deeply about a particular funding program to which you might apply in the future. Many funding agencies rely on faculty and scholars to review and advise them on proposals that should be funded. Most provide information online about how to become a reviewer. Visit the Research Development web page for details on how to become a reviewer for your favorite funding agency. The National Institutes of Health in particular, has a
program designed for early career reviewers.

We're here to help! Please contact a Research Development team member with any questions or for additional assistance.

Research Compliance News

Does my RSCA require approval from the Institutional Biosafety Committee?

The Institutional Biosafety Committee, or IBC, provides biological safety oversight for both teaching and research laboratories at SJSU. Your activities will require the review and approval by the IBC if they include:

  • Potential human pathogens
  • Recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules (including cells or organisms that express a transgene)
  • Any unfixed material derived from humans or non-human primates
  • Samples from animals or plants that could potentially be infected with zoonoses
  • Samples (e.g. soil or water) collected from areas likely to contain biohazards
    Toxins of biological origin
  • Select agents
  • Dual use research of concern (DURC)

How do I get approval from the IBC?

To get IBC approval, you must submit an application for a Biological Use Authorization (BUA). Depending on your planned activities, you will also need to complete one or more attachments and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). The downloadable Biological Use Authorization (BUA) Application and other BUA attachments are available on the Office of Research website.

If your research also requires approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), you do not need to wait for those approvals - you can submit your BUA application for concurrent review. However, you cannot begin work until all necessary compliance approvals have been obtained.

The IBC website has lots of helpful information and guidance, including examples of completed applications and attachments, as well as sample SOPs for synthetic/recombinant DNA and Biosafety Levels 1 and 2 (BSL-1 and BSL-2).

What if I already have a BUA?

Approved BUAs for active BSL-2 research must be renewed every year. Approved BUAs for biohazards only including synthetic/recombinant nucleotides in the NIH Guidelines III-F category are renewed every five years. Approvals of all other research (including the storage of BSL-2
materials) are renewed every three years. Consult the expiration date given in your approval email.

You must request an amendment of your BUA if you are making any of these changes:

  • Addition or removal of locations
  • Addition or removal of biological hazards
  • Changes in SOP or protocols
  • Changes in instructor or principal investigator

You do not need to request an amendment for teaching or research personnel changes, but you must maintain a current list of personnel, along with training documentation, and be able to produce these materials to the IBC or lab auditor upon request.

How do I contact the IBC?

To submit your BUA application, please attach all of the necessary Word documents and a PDF of the DocuSigned signature page to an email and send to biosafety@sjsu.edu. More information can also be found on the IBC website.

Research Foundation Updates

SJSU Research Foundation Office of Sponsored Programs Welcomes New Director

The San José State University Research Foundation is pleased to welcome its new Office ofSponsored Programs Director, Deborah Maloney, who starts on February 22, 2022. Deborah comes most recently from the Center for Veterans Research and Education in Minneapolis where she was serving as executive director. Prior to that, she was the director of Sponsored Programs Administration at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Please free to connect directly with Ms. Maloney via email: deborah.maloney@sjsu.edu.

Title Changes in OSP

To further align the functions of Research Development, housed in the Office of Research, and the functions of Office of Sponsored Programs, housed in the SJSU Research Foundation, and for better clarity in duties and responsibilities, we are pleased to announce the following new titles for OSP staff:

  • Pre-Award Specialists (formerly Proposal Development Specialist)
  • Post-Award Analysts (formerly Awards Management Coordinators)

Visit the SJSU Research Foundation website for the complete Sponsored Programs Contacts list.

New Research Awards

Engineering

Katy Kao – Biomedical, Chemical, & Materials Engineering, National Science Foundation: "Collaborative Research: Deciphering Complex Phenotypes in Bacteria Aided by Continuous Genome Shuffling and High Throughput Analytical Technologies”

Anand Ramasubramanian – Biomedical, Chemical, & Materials Engineering, Open Medicine Foundation: "Project Title: Blood-Based Biomarkers for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"

Hongrui Liu – Industrial & Systems Engineering, ISO New England: "Proposal to Test/Research Market Clearing Systems For ISO New England"

Heath and Human Sciences

Vicky Gomez, Rachel Berkowitz – Health Science and Recreation, Community Health Partnership: " Santa Clara County Health Equity Agenda Qualitative Research Project"

Humanities and the Arts

Katherine Harris, Alena Sauzade – English & Comparative Literature, Cal Humanities:"Public Art as Resistance in San José"

Joseph Stenberg – Philosophy, National Endowment for the Humanities: "Ethics with Buridan"

Office of Research

Richard Mocarski – Office of Research, National Institutes of Health: " Developing a Toolkit for Transgender and Gender Diverse-Affirming Health Communication: A Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership Approach"

Science

Julie S. Spitzer – Mathematics and Statistics, Regents of the University of California: " Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Project 21-22 (ESSA Federal Funds)"

Aaron Romanowsky – Physics & Astronomy, Jet Propulsion Laboratory: "New Tests of Failed Galaxy Formation and Fuzzy Dark Matter: Kinematics, Mass, and Stellar Populations in Mega-Dwarfs"

Dustin Carroll – Moss Landing Marine Lab, NASA: "A Catchment to Coast Paradigm: Impact of Spatially and Temporally Varying Nutrient and Freshwater Fluxes on the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone"

Dustin Carroll – Moss Landing Marine Lab, NASA: "Using a Data-Constrained Global-Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry Model to Study the Role of Biological Pump and Ocean Circulation in Driving Ocean Carbon Cycle Variability"

Luke Gardner – Moss Landing Marine Lab, University of California, San Diego: "Identifying Factors Influencing Suspensions Feeding to Optimize Culture of the Purple-Hinge Rock Scallop Crassadoma Gigantean"