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Funding Opportunities

Trust Fund Transfer Request

Some Trust Account expenses incurred at the departmental level may be reimbursed by the College Office Trust account pending prior approval. Fill out the Trust Fund Request Form below and submit it to the College Office for approval. A worksheet is also provided for your convenience, but does not need to be included in your request.

Trust Fund Transfer Request Form

Lottery Funds

Proposal timeline and process: Department Chairs should review their funding priorities with the College Dean during the early part of the Fall semester. Typical awards provide funding for equipment.  Faculty salaries for classroom instruction, overloads, etc. are not allowed.

Sponsored Programs Foundation

HSU Sponsored Programs Foundation's primary mission is to provide the Humboldt State University community with professional and accessible Pre- and Post-award grant and contract services. HSU SPF administers virtually all externally-funded grants and contracts and submits proposals to external funding agencies on behalf of Humboldt State University. Visit their site

  • Faculty Research Funds
    Sponsored Programs Foundation offers research funding as part of the CSU Chancellor’s Office Research, Scholarly, and Creative Act ivities (RSCA) program. Please visit for more information and to apply in the fall of the current academic year.

Loyalty Funds

Proposal timeline and Process: RFP out early in late Fall. Proposal has an application. Faculty discuss proposal ideas with the Department Chair, and once approved, faculty send proposals to the Dean’s office. The proposal application ties back to the HSU strategic plan. Advancement office send a brief description of all proposals to HSU Loyalty donors. Winning proposals are generally announced before the end of the Spring semester.

IRA Funds

The IRA fee was established to provide support for essential educational experiences and activities that aid and supplement the fundamental educational mission of the institution.

These funds are admiinstered by Associated Students and calls for proposals are usually made in February or March.

Graduation Initiative 2025

GI 20205 is the California State University system's ambitious multi-year initiative to increase graduation rates and eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps for all students.

Proposals are due to the College on or around February 15th of each year.


Local Grant Opportunities


Arcata Foundation

Small grants supporting a broad range of topics that address community life in Arcata. Applications are due May 15th and December 15th.

Coast Central Credit Union

Coast Central's Community Investment Program provides larger donations (grants) to anywhere from three to six local organizations, twice per year. Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are awarded, up to a total of $50,000 in each "round" ($100,000 per year). At the end of each round, a local decision-making panel determines how these funds will be distributed.

Humboldt Area Foundation

Simplified proposal process; proposals are accepted on a quarterly basis. Generally up to 10,000.

COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM The Community Grant Program supports a broad spectrum of projects that help build strong communities and foster prosperity in Humboldt, Trinity, and Del Norte Counties. The Humboldt Area Foundation accepts proposals for this program from nonprofit charitable or public benefit (federally tax-exempt) organizations, public schools, government agencies, and Native American tribal governments.

McLean Foundation

Based in Fortuna. Requires a phone call to the Director and/or a brief summary of the project.


Statewide Grant Opportunities

California Endowment

California Wellness Foundation

National Grant Opportunities

Kresge Foundation, Michigan

Grants in education overview: Increasing the number of college graduates in the United States can fuel a new, education-led era of prosperity and help low-income and underserved people change the trajectory of their lives. We invest in work that advances these ends. Program Overview A good job, a living wage, a path to social stability – education gives us choices. Our Education Program focuses on expanding student access to higher education and opening avenues to academic success, particularly for those historically left out of the picture: low-income, first-generation, African American, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and Native American students. The U.S. is no longer the leader in postsecondary attainment. Degree completion has been flat for more than three decades while other nations have improved their performance. At the same time, the correlation between a postsecondary credential and wages is today stronger than ever. The economic well-being of communities, states, and nations is directly connected to educational attainment, making degree completion and postsecondary training matters of social and civic consequence.

CPS Funding 

The College of Professional Studies’ Travel Funds are available for up to $500 if attending or $1,000 if presenting (with proof of presentation required).

Due to budget constraints, we are only providing travel funding for one trip per year to tenure track faculty who have yet to attain tenure.

To request funding, simply fill out the Request For Authorization to Travel form and send it to the College office once signed.

To determine how much the travel will cost complete the Travel Estimator Worksheet (EXCEL).

While traveling, SAVE ALL YOUR RECEIPTS. We will only reimburse for expenses that have receipts attached.

When you have returned, complete a Travel Expense Claim with all expenses documented and signed by all yourself and your chair then send the form to the College office.

Please see the Official University Travel site for complete travel policies.

Please also be aware of the& CPS Travel Policies.

***In some California cities and counties, University employees traveling on official business are granted an exemption from the payment of occupancy taxes imposed by these cities and counties on the transient rental of rooms.   This is currently about 12% of the total cost of a room and could present a significant savings to the traveler and the University.

Travelers should identify themselves as University employees and claim exemption from the tax upon arrival. The traveler may be required to complete an exemption certificate. The option to grant the exemption is at the discretion of the hotel.

State of California Form STD 236, Hotel/Motel Transient Occupancy Tax Waiver (Exemption Certificate for State Agencies) may be found at: The hotel/motel may use an adapted version of the form.  It is recommended that anyone staying overnight in a California hotel download and complete the form prior to departure and to present it at the start of your stay.

Please contact Jean Thomson at x3961 if you need any travel assistance.

The purpose of the Research and Funding Opportunities Collaborative is to identify and discuss broad issues where potential research and solutions are ripe for funding; to share CPS faculty research and funding interests, identify and connect with potential funders and community partners, brainstorm possible collaborations both on and off campus, connect with Sponsored Programs to develop campus based proposals with the intended outcomes being to work together to develop successful proposals that address campus and community needs.

Look to this page for useful resources and materials as you begin, continue, or change your research path.  You'll find sample research prospectuses, advice from your colleagues, and much more.

Materials from the 2017 Council for Undergraduate Research Dialogues 

Funding Opportunities to Use Large-scale Data Sets-George Wimberly

U.S. Department of Education International Education Programs Feb 2017

Corporation for National & Community Service Social Innovation Fund

Optimizing the Working Relationship Between Faculty Researchers and Sponsored Programs Staff-Linda Freed 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Education Pipeline

AERA Fellowships and Grants

Research Prospectus Outline

Research Prospectus Example 1

Research Prospectus Example 2

Research Prospectus Example 3-Annotated




FALL 2107

All College Meeting August 17, 2017  - Library Fishbowl  Presentation Slides

August 31, 2017 - SBS 405 Agenda

September 7, 2017 - SBS 405 Agenda

September 21, 2017 - SBS 405 Agenda

October 5, 2017 - SBS 405

October 19, 2017 - SBS 405

November 2, 2017 - SBS 405-Cancelled

November 16, 2017 - SBS 405 Agenda

November 30, 2017 - SBS 405

December 7, 2017 - SBS 405

December 14, 2017 - SBS 405


January 18, 2018 - SBS 405

February 1, 2018 - SBS 405

February 15, 2018 - SBS 405

March 1, 2018 - SBS 405

March 22, 2018 - SBS 405

April 5, 2018 - SBS 405

April 19, 2018 - SBS 405

May 3, 2018 - SBS 405


College Retreat  August 15, 2018 PRESENTATION SLIDES

All College Meeting August 17, 2018 PRESENTATION SLIDES

Council of Chairs  August 30, 2018 Agenda

Council of Chairs  September 6, 2018 Agenda

Council of Chairs  September 20, 2018

PROVOST Meeting  September 27, 2018--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  October 4, 2018

Council of Chairs  October 18, 2018

PROVOST Meeting  October 25, 2018--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  November 1, 2018

PROVOST Meeting  November 15, 2018--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  November 29, 2018

Council of Chairs  December 13, 2018


Council of Chairs  January 24, 2019

Council of Chairs  February 7, 2019

PROVOST Meeting  February 21, 2019--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  February 28, 2019

PROVOST Meeting  March 7, 2019--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  March 14, 2019

Council of Chairs  April 4, 2019

PROVOST Meeting  March 18, 2019--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  April 25, 2019

Council of Chairs  May 2, 2019

College Retreat  August 20, 2019 --Agenda

Council of Chairs  August 29, 2019 --Agenda-

PROVOST Meeting  September 12, 2019--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  September 19, 2019 --Agenda-

Council of Chairs  September 26, 2019--Agenda-

Council of Chairs  October 3, 2019

Council of Chairs  October 17, 2019

PROVOST Meeting  October 24, 2019--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  November 7, 2019

Council of Chairs  November 21, 2019

PROVOST Meeting  December 5, 2019--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  December 12, 2019


Council of Chairs  January 23, 2020

Council of Chairs  February 6, 2020

PROVOST Meeting  February 20, 2020--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  February 27, 2020

Council of Chairs  March 12, 2020

PROVOST Meeting  March 26, 2020--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  April 2, 2020

Council of Chairs  April 16, 2020

PROVOST Meeting  April 23, 2020--Goodwin Forum

Council of Chairs  May 7, 2020


Faculty & Staff Support

HOOP Academic Advising Video – Training, Tips & Tricks for Advisors

In this video, CPS Associate Dean, Steve Hackett and the Director of the Humboldt Orientation Program, Marissa Mourer, will walk you through the process of HOOP advising. A great resource for new and seasoned advisors alike!

Watch YouTube Video


Registration Documents for Advisors & Students

Registration advising documents are now posted on the Advising Center website and myHumboldt. The direct links are below.

Ready, Set, Register! DCG/GE Double-Count List Advisor Bulletin


CPS Academic Advising Report

With the CSU Graduation Initiative there is growing interest in fostering best practices in academic advising as a means of improving inclusive student success. This advising report provides information on current advising practices and on what steps would help foster improved advising in the college. This information derives from interviews with a large proportion of academic advisors in the College of Professional Studies.

CPS Academic Advising Report

Catalog Information

In order to remind students that they must fulfill degree requirements outside the major, the following statement will be added just above the “Requirements for the Major” heading on the catalog page for each degree program:

NOTE: For a description of degree requirements to be fulfilled in addition to those listed below for the major, please see the “Planning Your Bachelor’s Degree” section of the catalog, pp. 58-68, and the “Planning Your Master’s Degree” section of the catalog, pp. 69-71.

We are finding that students may need a number of such reminders to improve their progress toward degree, so please take every opportunity to help your students and advisees plan GE and All-University requirements into each semester’s course schedule.


Online Incident Reporting form for Student Conduct & Students of Concern

The Dean of Students and the Dean of Student Rights & Responsibilities are requesting that all reports of students of concern go through an online incident reporting System. This online reporting system will help administrators to be more efficient and timely in their response and they will be able to triage issues as they arise. Please use the on-line reporting process unless the matter is urgent. Any issues that pose an immediate threat to the safety of the campus or individuals should be reported to University Police at 911.

Incident Report Form


Syllabus Reminder

As faculty members complete their preparations for classes, please be sure to review and follow the HSU Syllabus Policy.

For assistance in assuring the accessibility of Word documents, including syllabi, please download the Accessible Syllabus Format Guide.

The policy also requires all syllabi to include the date and time of the final evaluation for the class, as it appears on the Final Exam Schedule.

Note that syllabi for courses satisfying General Education and All-University (GEAR) requirements need to identify both the area they address and the learning outcomes for that area. These outcomes are available at the GEAR website.


Distance & Extended Education

If you are interested in teaching online, transforming your course into online asynchronous model, creating a hybrid course for flipped classroom, using technology to supplement your face-to-face course or technology training please contact Distance and Extended Education Design Team. The Design Team offices are located on the 5th floor of Behavior and Social Sciences (BSS) building.

DEE Design Team Contact


Resolve Gradebook Issues Before they Begin

From Moodle Specialist, Bill Bateman:

We’ve been giving a lot of gradebook help to faculty lately, and gradebook issues that are discovered at the last minute are harder on everyone. What is of most concern to us here in the Moodle office is that most of these problems could have been prevented with a little advance training in gradebook.

To help ensure grade calculations come out as anticipated, faculty are advised to attend a gradebook training session. Building the gradebook right the first time is the key to greater success for students, faculty, and departments, and the appropriate source of gradebook design help is the HSU Moodle office.

The Moodle office is hosting Back to School training sessions as follows:

Beginning August 1 and extending to the first week of school, an open door policy applies to the Moodle office The office is open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday-Thursday in Lib 315, with phone support available on Fridays at x3633 Beginning Aug 17, the Moodle office will be open 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday.

I invite faculty to contact me to set an appointment or just drop in when they have a little time to spare. I will be happy to arrange a class or private sessions – whichever works better.

It is so important to everyone that the gradebooks are set up and maintained correctly that if you say when and where, I will be there. I look forward to helping your team have a better gradebook experience this semester.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in making this happen.

Digital Creative Resources

The HSU College of Professional Studies has access to a number of digital resources for creative uses such as Punchbowl for digital invitations, FlipHTML5 for digital flipbooks, and Flipbulider for digital trifold brochures. These resources are available to you to use within and for your department. Please visit the link below to learn more about the resources and how to use them.

View CPS Digital Creative Resources Binder



Budget Related Templates

The following templates are provide to help track various funding requests, funding sources and expenditures. If you need a mechanism for tracking expenditures against an allocation of funds, you may find one, or all of these spreadsheets helpful:

Candidate Recruitment Itinerary Plan (WORD)
Student Assistant Tracking Template (EXCEL)
Travel Request Tracking Template (EXCEL)
Budget Expenditure Proposal Template (EXCEL)

Sabbatical and DIP Leave Reporting

The general deadline for applying for a DIP or sabbatical for the following year is the start of October of the year before your sabbatical.

Please note: faculty returning from sabbatical or DIP leaves are required to submit a report on their leave activities within 3 months after resumption of active duty. As you know, the College Deans have been delegated the authority to acknowledge receipt of the leave reports. We are asking for your help in reminding faculty of this requirement upon return from their leaves. The leave report guidelines and submission requirement are available on the APS website.

CPS Overtime Approval Form

All overtime work compensable by either premium hours for pay or premium hours for CTO and straight hours for pay or straight hours for CTO must be approved in writing in advance by the Dean of the College of Professional Studies. Documentation of approval must be maintained with office payroll records until the end of the second full year beyond the fiscal year in which the overtime was completed. (That is, if approved in July of the 11-12 year, the record must be retained through June of 2014.) When submitting your payroll, you must fill out an Overtime and Callback Hours Report (PR-32).

Overtime Approval Form PR-32

Bylaws for the College of Professional Studies

Goal: The goal of the College of Professional Studies is to promote strong programs that serve our students and faculty well and that are connected to practice in meaningful ways. We promote and understand the central role that human resources play in shaping the social, economic and environmental condition; and in doing so, encourage our students and faculty to make an impact on the world around us.

Please read the full text of the CPS Bylaws.

Budget Policy

The College of Professional Studies has developed an annual budget process to mirror the Academic Affairs Division and University budget process. The annual budget process is an on-going, continuous cycle as described in the budget process timeline published by the University Budget Office and is tied to the State of California budget process. For more information on this, please see the Budget Policy PDF below.

The Vice Presidents and President continue to use the principles and priorities established during the development of the 2008/09 budget to guide our decisions about Humboldt State University. Student success, both in improving retention and graduation rates as well as advancing the success rate of traditionally underrepresented students, remains our top priority along with academic excellence and educational quality. For more information on this, please see the Budget Proposal PDF below.

Budget Policy (PDF)  

Textbook Policy Implementation

The main factor in determining the dates by which textbook orders must be submitted to the bookstore is a new regulation included in the Higher Education Opportunity Act. This regulation, the Textbook Information Provision, went into effect July 1, 2010. For more information on this subject, see the Textbook Policy PDF provided below.

Textbook Policy Implementation (PDF)

Hazardous Materials Regulatory Compliance

Recent legislation in California, AB-2774, has significantly changed the way CalOSHA will be enforcing its regulations and assessing penalties for Hazardous Materials compliance violations. The bill substantially increases CalOSHA’s authority to designate violations as “serious”, by allowing the use of inspections from other enforcement agencies as evidence of repeat, willful violations, therefore, increasing the likelihood of repeat findings. Penalties can include $25,000 per serious violation and $2,500 per day per waste container identified with a non-compliant label.

CSU Chancellor’s executive order 1039 directs all CSU campuses to comply with CalOSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention (IIP) standard, which includes communication of hazards to employees. In support of this order, HSU President’s Executive Order P04-01 states in part: It is the responsibility of all deans and department chairpersons and managers to ensure that their respective IIP Plans are implemented in a timely manner following the initial orientation by EH&S.

Read the full memorandum (PDF)