Reduced Teaching Research Facilitation Program - Guidelines


The Office of Research is pleased to announce the Reduced Teaching Research Facilitation (RTRF) Program, which has been established to provide eligible full-time faculty members with time to write major proposals for submission to external funding agencies. Eligible faculty may request up to 8 credit hours of teaching reduction per academic year to support the writing of either new proposals or significant revisions of previously submitted proposals. Support will be considered for proposals in all academic fields. Specific details of the final implementation of this program, including deadlines for application submission, are subject to college Deans decisions. The program is implemented to leverage additional funding and increase visibility of CSU as a research institution.

Eligibility and Terms

All full-time faculty members who have received IDC-generating funding awards as the PI totaling at least $400K in the last 3 rolling fiscal years are eligible to participate in the program. By accepting the teaching reduction credit hours, faculty members must commit to submit at least one proposal during the fiscal year in which they utilize the research facilitation award. Credit release will be considered and granted only if the proposal will meet the following requirements:

  1. The proposal must be submitted to an agency allowing IDCs.
  2. The proposal must request at least $100K in total funding.
  3. No cost share can be requested as part of this grant application except for tuition.

One credit release can be granted per each $100K of the requested funding, not to exceed 8 credit hours total. If the commitment is not met, the faculty member would have to accept the additional teaching load during the following academic year, equivalent to the number of awarded credit hours.

The Office of Research will provide funding to the colleges at a rate of $1.5K (including fringes) per each released credit hour granted to eligible faculty members participating in the program, capped annually at 8 credits per eligible faculty in a given fiscal year.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following documents by e-mail to Joy Yard ( and Dan Simon ( in the Office of Research, indicating “RTRF Program” in the subject line:

  • the completed and signed application form
  • max. 400 words description of the proposed project

If you have questions, please contact Jerzy Sawicki, email: or 687-9364.

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