Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Grant Program

Cal Poly is committed to the teacher-scholar model in which faculty integrate excellence in teaching with excellence in research, scholarly and creative activities. The teacher-scholar model enables faculty to fulfill Cal Poly’s mission as an institution committed to quality undergraduate and graduate education, to the advancement of knowledge through basic and applied research, to the enrichment of society through creative activities in the arts and humanities, and to serving our community. The Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities (RSCA) Grant Program, supported by funds from the CSU Chancellor's Office and the Cal Poly Provost's Office, is intended to help faculty remain engaged in their disciplines beyond the classroom and to contribute new knowledge through robust programs of scholarship focused on strengthening California socially, culturally, and economically. The annual funding from the program is intended to provide more internal resources to help faculty pursue a broader array of professional activities.

Who may apply? All faculty unit employees are eligible to compete for funding. Awards are provided only to those who hold a current appointment for the duration of the award (July 2021 - June 2022); exceptions may be granted but require review by the Vice President of Research, Economic Development and Graduate Education and the Dean of the respective college. This funding is intended to provide support to new faculty (i.e., less than six years as a Cal Poly faculty member; faculty appointment after July 2015) and to help tenured faculty open new scholarly directions. For tenured faculty, it is necessary to provide the reviewers specific information that demonstrates the proposed research is a new scholarly direction. This funding is not intended to be an ongoing source of funding for faculty research projects.

What types of projects will be funded? The program is intended to fund all types of research, scholarly, and creative activities. This includes but is not limited to empirical and theoretical research, applied design and development, scholarship of teaching and writing, writing of books, and the production of art and other creative activities. Proposed projects must be related to the generation of new knowledge and learning.  Grants will not be awarded for instructional improvement, course development, or evaluation. If the scholarship is pedagogically focused, which is a fundable research type, it is incumbent upon the applicant to make this clear. 

2021-2022 RSCA Grant call for proposals (archive).

View 2021-22 RSCA Grant Awardees.

View 2020-21 RSCA Grant Awardees.

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