INSIDE Chico State
0 September 23, 1999
Volume 30 Number 3
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




Sponsored Projects


In the News






Record Year for Sponsored Programs

During the 1998-99 academic year, faculty and staff at CSU, Chico reached new levels for grant and contract activity -- once again placing us among the top recipients in the CSU System. This year has seen the campus exceed all previous records for the number of proposals submitted, awarded, and for total dollar volume. During the year, 410 grant/contract proposals were submitted, an increase of 73, or 22 percent above the previous record. Of those submitted, 289 have been funded to date, a record 70 percent success rate! The total award volume now stands at $28,043,896-a 12 percent increase over the previous record ($24.8 million). Of these, $18,325,104 were cash awards and $9,718,195 were non-cash awards.

The totals are not yet in. With over 100 proposals still pending, thus far, only fifteen outright denials have been made, meaning that the total awards could go even higher. The Office of Sponsored Programs wishes to congratulate the dedicated faculty and staff who worked on these proposals. These successes are for you, the campus, the academic program, the students, the community, and the Northern California region we serve.

The 22 percent increase of sponsored programs' activity is remarkable. Interest in sponsored programs continues to grow at CSU, Chico, with multiple applications being submitted by many faculty and staff, some to high prestige and extremely competitive federal and private research and education agencies.

This year campus awards included a National Research Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (a first); a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education grant (one of 26 nationally); two National Science Foundation awards (one by a faculty member in his first year at Chico); a NEH Summer Stipend (one of 130 nationally); and numerous grants from the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Interior, Justice, State, and Transportation.

Faculty also received awards from the Spencer Foundation, the Exxon Education Foundation, the Sierra Health Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Bellcorps, and the Cadence Corporation.

If you have an idea for a grant or have a Request for Proposal (RFP) in hand, or are simply interested in acquiring external funding, please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs in Kendall Hall 111, x5700.

We will conduct funding source searches for you, acquire guidelines and application forms, act as liaison to funding agencies, develop supporting sections (e.g., institutional boilerplate, demographic data) and assist you in editing applications, developing contracts with funding agencies, develop your budget(s), filling out the forms, providing word processing, duplication, and mailing, among other services.

The Office of Sponsored Programs is a "one-stop shopping" support service for faculty and staff interested in acquiring external funding through grants or contracts. Please call us at x5700, or e-mail me at or visit our Web site at for further information. We welcome everyone to join in this enterprise, and encourage you to "imagine the possibilities."

-- Bob Bakke


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