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Grant Proposal Seed Money (GPSM)

To encourage and support faculty in the development and submission of proposals for external funds, CSUSM through the Office of Graduate Studies and Research provides Grant Proposal Seed Money (GPSM).  These funds may be used for activities such as:

  • Refining ideas
  • Creating plans and designs
  • Trying out methodologies
  • Collecting preliminary data
  • Conducting pilot or preliminary activities
  • Reworking grant proposals that received encouraging review but were not funded
  • Seeking fellowships
  • Promoting collaboration

Proposal areas may include research, scholarly activities, and/or pedagogy. The funds may be used for supplies, equipment, travel, hiring student assistants, grant writing assistance, or other needs associated with proposal development for grants or fellowships. 

The rubric that the committee uses to review GPSM proposals can be viewed here. 

GPSM Application Instructions

  1. Download the GPSM application in Word. 
  2. Once completed, please email your application, curriculum vitae, and supporting material (i.e., project narrative or synopsis, budget summary or funding justification, etc.) to We encourage you to write your application as you would write a grant proposal submission.
  3.  You will be contacted by the typically within two weeks of submission. Proposals are reviewed by the Grants and Contracts Development Advisory Committee.

For questions or issues regarding the application, please contact Grants and Contracts Development at