California State University, Fullerton said it secured a record $34.8 million in grants and contracts during the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year. The university’s previous grant funding record, set in the 2019 to 2020 fiscal year, topped $31 million.
Expanded incentives and training programs, such as the Faculty Grant Writing Mentorship Program and Advanced Grant Writing Academy, were instrumental in the university’s increase in grant funding, officials said.
Some of the largest grants CSUF received include a nearly $3 million grant from the Small Business Administration for Small Business Development Centers, over $1.4 million from the University of California, Berkeley for CSUF’s social work training program and over $2.4 million from the Department of Education for CSUF’s college readiness program, GEAR UP.
“Although we have made significant progress, we still need to accelerate our effort to enhance cross-disciplinary collaborative research and creative activities,” CSUF Associate VP for Research and Sponsored Projects Binod Tiwari said in a statement.
“Moreover, our research institutes and centers can play significant roles in bringing in large grants to CSUF. Efforts will be made to identify and engage those centers for research grant proposal development and submission,” Tiwari said.