California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) is a comprehensive, primarily undergraduate minority
serving institution with 70% of its student population from under-represented groups. We have seen a decline
in externally sponsored biomedical/biobehavioral research. In 2018 our sponsored programs infrastructure
underwent assessment by the National Council of Research Administrators (NCURA) Peer Advisory Service.
Observations and recommendations from this review are the impetus for the Specific Aims of the proposed
project, “ASPIRE - Advancing Sponsored Program Infrastructure for Research Excellence”, which will improve
the university's capacity to support faculty and student research and grant activities.
Aim 1: Reorganization of Sponsored Programs: We will centralize several, currently fragmented, financial
functions of the post-award office under the single Office of Sponsored Program Administration (SPA). We will
also establish a new position, a human resources sponsored programs specialist who will serve as a liaison to
the university HR. The new structure will provide complete one-stop-shop operations, from pre-award to post-
award closeout significantly reducing the number of personnel, offices, and divisions currently involved in these
now fragmented operations. Furthermore, we will make significant changes to the application and receipt of
grants and contracts, and oversight of charges against facilities and administrative costs. This reorganization
will both improve services to PIs and generate efficiencies and cost savings to be invested to sustain the
programs developed under Aim 2.
Aim 2: Enhancement of Faculty Research Development focused on Biobehavioral/biomedical Sciences
We will construct two distinct biomedical/biobehavioral research development programs for CSUSB faculty and
students. The first program, offered exclusively to new faculty hires will provide a comprehensive two year-long
set of research development incentives and activities with a goal of each participant submitting an NIH SCORE
or AREA proposal. The second program, open to all faculty and their student mentees, will support two Team
Science groups of faculty and students with a goal of having each team submit at least one AREA or Research
Program Projects and Centers (i.e., RPPC, P20), or an undergraduate research training proposal (e.g.,
ESTEEMED; MHRT) or research project proposal. Both programs will gradually expand to provide more
resources and support mechanisms for faculty and faculty/student research. Additionally, we will form a
partnership with University of California, Riverside, creating opportunities for future collaborative projects.