The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Finding Funding

Internal 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:

Additional 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. The OCG also holds workshops and events for faculty throughout the year.

  OCG can help you:
  • Identify funding sources and develop competitive proposals:
    • Interpret federal and state agency guidelines
    • Develop realistic budgets
    • Apply for released time from your regular teaching load
    • Complete applications
  • Manage your grant post-award:
    • Secure regular financial reports
    • Interpret agency requirements
    • Help you to request approvals for no-cost extensions and budget reallocations. 
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:
Grant Application Flowchart

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.