Faculty looking for funding have multiple resources available, internally and externally. Please refer to the resources provided for more information.

Faculty Funding Through the CSU

Through funding from the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office and each individual CSU campus, CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) provides support to faculty members with the goal of facilitating and promoting cutting-edge research and professional development.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) serves the SF State community to help create a campus environment that is conducive to the research enterprise in the broadest sense. The office provides leadership, information, direction and technical assistance to faculty engaged in externally funded research, instruction, community service and other scholarly activity. In accomplishing this mission, ORSP ensures accountability, compliance and stewardship for sponsored programs as directed by the values of the office and by all applicable Federal, State, and University policies, procedures and regulations.

University Development 

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) facilitates and strengthens relations with companies and foundations to advance the University’s and our campus partners’ missions. Please contact Stefan Amrine, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at for more information about partnering with CFR. 


Research funding AIM

Affordable Learning — AIM Individual Faculty Grants 

Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) is SF State's approach to reducing the cost of learning to students by focusing on adopting lower cost — even free — instructional materials. Grants are awarded to faculty who adopt, adapt and author (AAA), OER resources for free or low-cost materials. Open Educational Resources (OER) are another great way to reduce costs for students and make SF State courses more equitable.

Call to Service Initiative Grants

Call to Service grants offered through the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) supports SF State faculty and staff in providing service-learning, community and civic engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research or findings.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP)

ORSP offers a variety of resources for identifying sponsorship for projects.

San Francisco State University Foundation, Inc.

The San Francisco State University Foundation (SF State Foundation) is SF State’s auxiliary organization dedicated solely to philanthropy. The Foundation encourages the solicitation of private gifts, trusts, and bequests to further its mission of fostering private financial support for SF State. It manages the University’s endowment — focusing on determining acceptable risks in the portfolio, maximizing investment returns, minimizing investment expenses, and improving endowment reporting and stewardship.

University Corporation, San Francisco State

The purpose of the University Corporation (UCorp) is to promote, assist and enhance the educational mission of SF State through Educational Projects, University Research and Development Projects and Community Outreach. The University Corporation, SF State, administers projects and funds attracted from outside sponsors. UCorp provides services to SF State in administration, legal, personnel, payroll, accounting, fiscal reporting, auditing, investment, insurance, lease writing, purchasing, equipment maintenance and other services for sponsored projects and research.

University Development

The Office of University Development is responsible for helping to build a culture of philanthropy and support for SF State among alumni, parents, foundations, corporations and other friends in the community. Our primary objective is to secure funding for University identified priorities to advance SF State’s academic, research and public service missions.