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SJSU Research Foundation December 2020 Newsletter
Research-Related News, Resources, and Funding Updates

SJSU Research Foundation 


December 2020 Edition

The SJSU Research Foundation Welcomes
A New Executive Director 

Since mid-summer, the San Jose State University Research Foundation has welcomed new team members in three functional areas – Administration, Office of Sponsored Programs, and Finance and Accounting. Among our newest team members is our new Executive Director, Andrew Exner.  

Andrew brings more than 20 years of for-profit and non-profit experience in various areas of administration, business development, communications, and technology management. Under Andrew's leadership, the Research Foundation team will continue effectively and efficiently supporting the SJSU research enterprise.

Please join us in warmly welcoming Andrew and our other new Research Foundation team members (listed below) to the SJSU Community.


Executive Assistant - Shavon Collins

Office of Sponsored Programs

Director - Samantha Kerath
Proposal Development Specialist - Eliott Sangara
Contracts Manager - Reed Frye, JD

Finance & Accounting

Director - Timothy Hennessey
Accounts Payable Manager - Loralee Quintero
Accounts Payable Lead - Lovepreet Kaur

OSP is Re-Organizing, Re-Tooling, and Re-Setting 

With goals of improving communications, maximizing the effectiveness, efficiency, and quality of OSP end products, and implementing changes that align with and support the growing research enterprise at San Jose State University, the Office of Sponsored Programs  is re-organizing, re-tooling and re-setting for service improvements and enhancements.

Under the leadership of OSP Director, Samantha Kerath, team members are now assigned to one of the five teams listed below, positioned as partners to fully support faculty researchers through every phase of their research projects.
  • Research Communications - responsible for leading communications between the Research Foundation and campus.
  • Proposal Development - responsible for functions related to successful development and submission of funding proposals.
  • Compliance - responsible for oversight of compliance-related functions.
  • Awards Management - responsible for functions related to fiscal management of sponsored programs.
  • Self-Support - Campus Programs - responsible for the management of self-support programs, including campus program activity and F&A allocations.
As your research support partners, we're here to help! 
View the Complete List of Sponsored Programs Contacts

Monthly Awards & Proposals At-A-Glance 

October 2020 Totals
10 Awards Received; Valued at $860,069
25 Proposals Submitted; Valued at $6,893,292

November 2020 Totals
15 Awards Received; Valued at $732,472 
32 Proposals Submitted; Valued at $12,453,431 

Recent Research Awards

Congratulations to the following investigators:
View the Complete List of Recent Awards

SJSU Research Foundation Central Office
Holiday Schedule

The SJSU Research Foundation Central Office will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Friday, January 1, 2021. If you have proposals that are due during this time period, please contact your OSP proposal development specialist as soon as possible to arrange plans to ensure that your proposals are submitted by the sponsor’s required due date. Also, if you have Finance & Accounting or Human Resources matters that may require attention during that time, please contact the appropriate Research Foundation team member as soon as possible for assistance.
The SJSU Research Foundation Central Office will resume business operations Monday, January 4, 2021.

Did you know?

Up to date funding information can be delivered right to your email inbox! The Research Foundation sends email notifications called funding alerts to SJSU subscribers
To become a subscriber or if you are already a subscriber and want to update your profile:
  1. Download and complete the Research Foundation Funding Alert System Keyword Selection and Subscription Form.
  2. Include a brief description of your research interest and a list of keywords selected from the Research Foundation Keyword List that will inform the funding opportunity information you would like to receive.
  3. Email your completed subscription form to
Funding opportunities are also posted on the Research Foundation General Funding Opportunities web page and on the Limited Submissions web page. To learn about other funding search resources, visit the our Finding Funding page.

FY21 Budget Outlook: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The House is seeking to significantly expand weather and climate research programs at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . The overall fiscal year 2021 budget for the agency would increase by 2% to $5.45 million. , while the Senate has not released its proposals.

FY21 Budget Outlook: STEM Education
Under the House and Senate's proposed appropriations for fiscal year 21, budget would remain flat or would only see a moderate increase for STEM education programs.

FY21 Budget Outlook: National Institutes of Health
The Senate is seeking an increase of $2 billion for the NIH fiscal year 2021 budget. The proposed appropriation would increase the FY 21 budget to $43.7 billion. The House is proposing a smaller increase of $274 million, but also includes one time $5 billion funding to accommodate pandemic-related emergency spending.

Dear Colleague: Research Coordination and Planning Opportunities for the Directorate for the Geosciences(GEO) in Artificial  Intelligence (AI)

In a November 19 Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 21-022) the National Science Foundation discusses synergies between research frontiers in AI and the Geosciences and the potential to stimulate further transformative progress in both fields.
Geosciences emphasizes its commitment to developing a portfolio of Geo-themed AI activities, and seeks to fund a group of geoscientists and computer scientists to form and coordinate teams to address cutting edge and "grand challenge research topics in geo-themed AI." 
Read the Full Dear Colleague Letter

NSF Supporting Startups to Address COVID-19 Challenges

When the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer program issued a call for proposals for the development of new technologies, products, processes and services that could potentially address COVID-19 challenges, startups nationwide responded. More than $15 million have been awarded to fund a range of projects including:

  • Aidar Health is developing an oral device and platform to allow patients to test for COVID-19 at home. (NSF-2027721)
  • Aerosol Devices has developed a virus collector that does not destroy viral particles and enables in-air detection of COVID-19. (NSF- 2027696)
  • Mindprint Learning is developing a data-driven approach to improve math education and thereby help students in the virtual learning environment. (NSF-2015003)
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Recent Uniform Guidance Revisions will Impact All Recipients 

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued its final changes to the Uniform Guidance in early August. The revisions are the first major changes made to the Uniform Guidance since 2013, and include the Administration's goals and initiatives, (which represents the greater portion of changes), statutory requirements, and clarifications of existing requirements.
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NIH Issues a Challenge Competition Focused to Strengthen Gender Diversity

The National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health has announced the NIH Prize for Enhancing Faculty Gender Diversity in Biomedical and Behavioral Science, a new challenge competition aimed at promoting the advancement of women in leadership roles in academia. Up to 10 institutions will be awarded a prize of up to $50,000 each. NIH is interested in institutions that have "successfully and systemically addressed gender diversity and equity issues among faculty members in biomedical and behavioral sciences."  Only one submission is permitted per institution. The deadline for submissions is April 16, 2021.
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Just In Case You Missed It . . .

October and November were busy months for research-related workshops and webinars. The 2020 National Institutes of Health Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration took place October 27-October 30, 2020. The live four-day event provided attendees an opportunity to learn more about NIH grant processes, programs, policies, and staff.

The Research Foundation hosted the Grants Resource Center Fall Webinar Series November 10, 12, and 17. The series featured live informative presentations from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum & Library Services, National Institutes of Health, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Just in case hectic, busy schedules got in the way, and and prevented you from tuning into a session you wanted to attend, we you were not able to attend, we have you covered. Copies of key presentations are now available on the Research Foundation website.

View the Listing on our Workshops & Webinars Page

Fellowship & Scholarship NEWS

Cancer for College 
General Scholarship  Due 1/31/2021

National Institute for Labor Relations Research
William B. Ruggles Journalism Scholarship  Due 1/31/2021

Society for the Study of Social Problems
Racial/Ethnic Minority Graduate Fellowship  Due 2/1/2021

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce 
Educational Partnership Program (EPP/MSI)
Undergraduate Scholarship Program
 Due 2/1/2021

American Meteorological Society
Senior Named Scholarships Due 3/12/2021

National Environmental Health Association & American Academy of Sanitarians
Undergraduate Scholarship Program Due 3/31/2021

Best Wishes for a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season!
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