Faculty Research Support Programs and Initiatives


The following programs and initiatives aim to support the research and scholarly activity of our faculty. We welcome feedback on how we can improve our programs and make these resources better serve faculty needs. Email HHD Sr. Research Development Officer, Dr. Lisa Lopez, with questions or feedback about any of these programs or initiatives, lisalopez@fullerton.edu

Research Support Program (RSP)

Applications Due: 15th of each month Award: Up to $1,500 to support

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Full-time HHD faculty who are actively engaged in research and scholarly activities are eligible for funding once during each academic year. Faculty with available start-up funds are not eligible to receive RSP funds. Previous RSP grantees are eligible to apply for new funding only after all final reports have been submitted. Please see spending guidelines for acceptable uses for RSP funds.

Achieving Successful Proposals in Research (ASPIRE)

Applications Accepted Year Round Award: One (3 unit) course reassignment

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ASPIRE provides full-time faculty time to prepare high-quality and competitive external grant proposals. The program requires faculty be committed to the process of grant writing, follow a strategic proposal development plan, and complete proposals early enough to allow time for peer-review. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their plan to apply to ASPIRE with Dr. Lisa Lopez.

Faculty External Award Support Program (FEASP)

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This support program provides externally-funded investigators additional course reassignment to help with the management and execution of awarded projects. There is no minimum grant funding amount or indirect costs requirement to be eligible for this program.

Statistical and Research Design Support

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HHD is expanding the Research Support Program (RSP) to make available one-on-one statistical, data analysis, and research design consultation to full-time faculty within the college.  A team of tenured HHD faculty with expertise in statistical and research project design (quantitative & qualitative) is available to provide consultation services to HHD colleagues in need of assistance to advance their research and scholarly agenda.

Consultants can provide assistance in research planning and study design, offer methodological and analytical advice, assist with interpreting results, recommend statistical analyses, answer statistical software questions, and review the methods and results sections of publications and grant proposals.  Faculty should not ask consultants to do their data analysis for them.  Instead, consultants will work alongside faculty, reviewing data, and walking faculty through the process of analyzing their own data.

To request consultation, please contact Dr. Lisa Lopez, at lisalopez@fullerton.edu

Redistribution of Indirect Costs

What are Indirect Costs (IDC)?

In addition to the direct costs that clearly identify with and benefit a specific research project (salaries, fringe benefits, supplies, travel, etc.), indirect costs (IDC) or facilities and administrative (F&A) costs must be included in grant budgets unless the sponsor has a written policy on IDC rates applicable to all potential grantees. IDC are those institutional research infrastructure costs that cannot be readily attributed to an individual project or monitored on an individual basis and include building and equipment use, operations, maintenance and utilities, general, departmental and sponsored projects administration, library, and capital improvements.

University Distribution of IDC

To Faculty:   For approved grants and contracts carrying the full negotiated IDC rate (currently 42% on-campus, 26% off-campus),   10% of the IDC amount collected will be distributed to a “research stimulation account” for use by the principal investigator / project director.   Balances in these accounts should be expended within the duration of the current award plus one year. Available balances in research stimulation accounts after that time, or where faculty have separated or retired from the university, will be transferred to the respective college/unit level (e.g. college deans, AVPs) account. Funds housed in these accounts MUST be used on research related activities.

To Colleges:   The revenue distributed to the colleges is 15% of IDC collected.

HHD Redistribution of IDC

For all externally funded projects generating IDC back to HHD, regardless of IDC rate,   the college will disperse 20% of the funds collected into the project director’s research stimulation account to be used on project related activities.

Additionally, from the IDC funds collected,   HHD will disperse 30% into the project director’s department research stimulation account.   These accounts are managed by department chairs and school director.