College of Humanities

Externally Funded Research

Grants and Contracts

The College of Humanities is committed to supporting faculty who pursue grant and contract opportunities with public and private funders to enhance their research endeavors and enrich student experiences in and out of the classroom. Due to our applied research focus and our commitment to experiential learning opportunities for students, we encourage faculty to secure external support for their projects.

The COH Grants Office provides a valuable resource for our faculty during all phases of grants and contract development from prospect research and proposal preparation to post-award project management.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our grant guidelines and find out about grant and contract awards throughout the College.

Please contact us with any questions or schedule an appointment to meet with our Grants Officer, Teresa Morrison, in the Dean’s Office in Sierra Hall 465. We look forward to working with you to enhance your scholarly activities, provide outstanding, unique learning experiences for our students, and fulfill the learning-centered mission of the College and the University.

Grant Guidelines

Process FlowchartWe encourage all faculty to contact our Grants Officer to discuss concepts for grant- and contract-related projects as early as possible in the process. We work with faculty in many different ways, including: researching and identifying funding opportunities; assisting with editing proposals; helping to develop budgets; working with corporate, foundation, and government agency officers; and assisting with tracking and management of post-award requirements. Please engage our office as early as possible to help you navigate your way through some critical internal and external processes.

Once you have identified a grant opportunity and before you begin work on your proposal, you will enter initial details in Cayuse SP, used by CSUN to centrally track campus-wide proposal and grant activity. You can find a link and instructions for Cayuse at the home page of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP). College of Humanities grants officer Teresa Morrison (ext. 6096) and ORSP Humanities grant coordinator Shirley Lang (ext. 2901) can also assist with Cayuse.

If you are submitting a proposal or letter of inquiry to a private foundation or corporation, you must also complete the Proposal Submission Form (.doc) and obtain review and signatures from your Department Chair and the Dean. Once you have signed as principal investigator and obtained your Chair's signature, send the form to the Grants Office at mail drop 8252.

Foundation and corporate grant awards are administered through the University Foundation and carry an indirect cost rate of 2.75%. Government grant proposals are administered through the University Corporation and carry an indirect cost rate that ranges from 26% (off-campus activities) to 45% (on-campus activities).

For submissions to private foundations and corporations, it is important that we coordinate proposal submissions with other colleges at CSUN to ensure that we avoid multiple, simultaneous submissions to the same funder without approval. Please contact our Grants Officer prior to committing effort to proposals as some private foundations may already be in solicitation by other CSUN faculty.

All proposals and letters of inquiry must be reviewed and approved by the Grants Officer and Dean Say at least 10 working days prior to submission. Any proposal efforts that are not approved through this process will not be supported by the College or the University if awarded. 

University Faculty Development Grants