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About Us

Purpose
Values
An Old and Large Non-profit Corporation
Serving San Diego State University
Professionally Managed and Organized
Fulfilling Key Functions on Behalf of SDSU
Providing Funds for SDSU's Research Agenda
Responsibly Stewarding Sponsor Funds
Offering "Cradle-to-Grave" Grant Services
Developing and Managing Major Programs to Address Local, National, and Global Challenges
Excellence in Service
Providing a Home for Sponsored Projects

Purpose

The purpose of SDSU Research Foundation is to further the educational, research and community service mission of San Diego State University.


Values

  • Commitment to the University and the community
  • Client service and satisfaction
  • People - our most important resource
  • Diversity
  • Integrity and fiscal responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The long–term view
  • Successful results

An Old and Large Non-profit Corporation

Established in 1943, SDSU Research Foundation is a non-profit, auxiliary organization chartered to further the educational, research and community service objectives of San Diego State University. SDSU Research Foundation is currently administering approximately 1,000 active grants and contracts, and annual revenues approaching $160 million. With 157 central support staff and 2,450 grant and contract project employees, it is the largest auxiliary within the California State University (CSU) system.


Serving San Diego State University

The purpose of SDSU Research Foundation is to further the educational, research and community service mission of San Diego State University.

Founded in 1897, SDSU is an urban, public education institution, the oldest and largest in the San Diego region. Designated as a research university with high activity by the Carnegie Foundation, SDSU offers 81 bachelor's degrees, 72 master's, and 16 doctorates.


Professionally Managed and Organized

As a nonprofit corporation, SDSU Research Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that establishes policies and guides the corporation in achieving research program objectives. The Executive Director of the Foundation is responsible to the Board for the managing the organization, serving as liaison between the Board and a staff that implements Board policies. Major divisions within the Foundation include Sponsored Research Services and Financial Management.


Fulfilling Key Functions on Behalf of SDSU

Professional SDSU Research Foundation staff:

  • work with faculty to develop and administer research, training and community service grants, contracts and self-service programs;
  • develop and manage major centers, institutes, community partnerships, and programs;
  • provide technology transfer services;
  • acquire, develop and manage real property to provide space for sponsored programs;
  • administer student scholarships and loan funds, and financially manage and invest gifts, trusts, and endowments, most on behalf of the University's philanthropic foundation;
  • assist in managing KPBS public broadcasting radio and television stations.

Providing Funds for SDSU's Research Agenda

Annually, SDSU Research Foundation provides several million dollars to the University administration and to faculty principal investigators, primarily to support active sponsored projects and develop new ones. Monies are traditionally used for faculty grants-in-aid, research faculty recruitment, joint doctoral students, research equipment match, bridge funding for sponsored projects, "seed" money to develop new projects, and other support to enhance SDSU's reputation for conducting successful educational, research, and community service programs.


Responsibly Stewarding Sponsor Funds

Approximately 300 organizations fund SDSU faculty sponsored programs each year. SDSU Research Foundation staff have developed an outstanding reputation for responsibly administering these funds, complying with an enormous variety of rules and regulations. From account set up through close out and final audit, staff ensure monies are spent appropriately to achieve sponsor objectives.


Offering "Cradle-to-Grave" Grant Services

Departments and offices within the major divisions provide the specialized services required by the grants and contracts and self-support programs conducted by SDSU faculty and staff. Services include:

  • Grant funding information
  • Proposal production, development strategy and submission
  • Project administration and program management
  • Technology transfer
  • Human resources
  • Payroll
  • Accounts payable and receivable
  • Purchasing
  • Computing
  • Facilities development, provision and management
  • Shipping and receiving
  • Legal services and risk management
  • Audit coordination
  • Community and public relations

Developing and Managing Major Programs to Address Local, National, and Global Challenges

Collaborating with SDSU faculty, external experts, and organizations worldwide, entrepreneurial SDSU Research Foundation staff develop and manage large programs addressing important needs. Among the institutes and programs developed and managed by staff are the June Burnett Institute for Children, Youth and Families; the Fred J. Hansen Institute for World Peace; the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology; the John and Jane Adams Endowment for the Humanities; and the California Public Interest Energy Research Grants program.


Excellence in Service

SDSU Research Foundation's goal is to guarantee excellent service. Staff strive to exceed expectations by providing quality work, service and products in the fastest turnaround time possible. Satisfied faculty and staff have commented:

  • "'A' for customer service!"
  • "Foundation personnel do a remarkable job; I appreciate everyone I have worked with."
  • "Staff are very courteous, nice to work with."
  • "I am very pleased with Foundation services."

Providing a Home for Sponsored Projects

SDSU could not have built the thriving research program it has today without places for faculty members to carry out their work. SDSU Research Foundation assists the University by providing facilities for many of the over 1,500 research and community service projects faculty develop. SDSU Research Foundation owns and manages over 1 million square feet of space, much of which is for projects, with some of it leased commercially and producing net income to pay down mortgages. SDSU Research Foundation also operates research field stations and leases specialized facilities as needed for projects locally and worldwide.



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