College of Humanities

Externally Funded Research

Grants and Contracts

The College of Humanities supports faculty who seek grant and contract opportunities with public and private funders to pursue their research interests and enrich student experiences in and out of the classroom. The CoH Grants Office is able to assist grant seekers in many ways, including prospect research, proposal editing, budget preparation, and more. Explore this webpage to learn more about our grant guidelines and find out about grant and contract awards throughout the College.

Please contact grants officer Teresa Morrison with any questions, or schedule an appointment to discuss your project in person. We look forward to working with you to enhance your scholarly activities, provide outstanding learning experiences for our students, and fulfill the learning-centered mission of the College and the University.

Grant Guidelines

Process FlowchartWe assist faculty in project planning, prospect research, proposal editing, budget development, communication with agencies and foundations, and 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 need to enter initial details in Cayuse SP, used by CSUN to centrally track campus-wide proposal and grant activity. CoH grants officer Teresa Morrison (ext. 6096) or ORSP Humanities grants liaison Shirley Lang (ext. 2901) can assist new Cayuse users.

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

Foundation and corporate grant awards are administered through the University Foundation and carry an indirect cost rate of 5%. 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).

Proposal submissions to private foundations and corporations must be coordinated centrally to avoid competing campus submissions to the same funder without approval. Please contact grants officer Teresa Morrison 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. 

On-campus Funding Opportunities

Approval Forms and Links