The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty Research Support



Finding Funding

College of Arts and Sciences Sources

Faculty Development Fund

The Faculty Development Fund (FDF) provides financial support for a multitude of research expenses such as conference travel and research assistant wages. These grants are primarily intended for faculty looking to fund preliminary projects that will lead to applying for funding from outside sources. There are two funding cycles in the College of Arts and Sciences (one in the fall and a one in the spring). To apply after a deadline is announced:

University Support

For more information about support for research and creative activities from other areas of the university please see the Provost’s support.

External Sources

Get help from the experts! The Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) helps USF faculty and staff secure and manage federal, state, and local funding for research and institutional contracts and grants.

Applying for a Grant

If you decide to apply for a research grant, you will complete the Intent to Apply form, which is sent to the Dean’s Office and the OCG. A process begins that involves the Principal Investigator (PI), the Associate Dean or Dean, and the OCG. The process is faster if the PI has met informally with the Associate Dean about support issues, such as cost sharing, dedicated research space, and course buy-outs.


Publicizing Your Work

The Office of Media Relations
  • Invites faculty members to join their roster of experts
  • Offers media training to prepare faculty for successful print, broadcast and on-line interviews
  • Works directly with reporters (locally, nationally, and internationally) to provide them with academic experts and story ideas.

Please contact the Office of Media Relations to become a faculty expert and to keep them posted on your research.


Networking and Collaborating

Weekly Writing Teams

Over 100 CAS faculty have participated in weekly writing teams. This is not a peer critique process, but a structured program designed to support research and writing throughout the semester. Faculty choose their own days and hours. The team is simply comprised of people who sign up for the same block of times. At the start of each semester, an email with a sign up form is sent out.

Saturday Writing Retreats

Each semester, CAS offers three Saturday all day writing retreats. Meet new colleagues, get addicted to writing in teams. Free breakfast and lunch provided. Look for email announcements for signing up.

Faculty Development Luncheons and Workshops

Throughout the academic year, the schools and college sponsor special Faculty Development Luncheons and Workshops. These events provide an opportunity for faculty to come together to learn about and discuss matters related to research and scholarship.


Research Methodologies and Statistics

The Research Methodologies and Statistics website is designed to help people across the university connect with each other and share information about research-related issues and includes the following helpful resources:

  • newsletters/posts to keep you informed about research issues at large and at USF
  • links relevant to statistics, methods, and technology
  • directions for signing up for the faculty listserv, an in-house network with the best practices about research life at USF
Want to learn more about best practices in research methodologies on your own?

CARMA: Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis provides web casts and a video library and discounts on short courses, on the topic of research methodologies for all subject disciplines as well as technical support for statistical software. CARMA can be used both as a tool for consultation and continuing education. The Gleeson Library-Geschke Center’s subscription to this service makes it available to faculty.

Need to get SPSS onto your computer?

The SPSS Installation Request Form is available on the Information and Technology Services web site. Packages may also be purchased through the Faculty Development Fund.