Advancing academic scholarship, research and support

The Office of Sponsored Research and Projects (OSRP) collaborates with faculty and staff to identify and secure grants for academic scholarship and faculty research, and programs that advance Cal Lutheran's mission. Consultation with OSRP is required for faculty and staff seeking external funding.  

 Grant Process Overview 


  • Prepare to apply and find funding sources

    • Design your program or research project. Complete a literature review if applicable.
    • Write a one-page summary of your proposed program or project.
    • Explore and identify funding prospects. (See Find Funding.)
    • .Request initial meeting with OSRP.
  • Apply for Funding

    • Submit a Grant Request Form with information about the funder. (See Grant Initiation Instructions.)
    • OSRP will create a timeline, working backward from the funder's deadline.
    • Write a proposal and budget according to funder's instructions and in consultation with OSRP.
    • Allow three weeks for internal approvals and submission.
    • OSRP will provide any standard documents requested, such as financial and tax documents.
  • Manage Your Project or Program

    • Comply with grant stipulations.
    • Manage funds.
    • Maintain records for reporting purposes.
    • Adhere to reporting requirements and deadlines.
    • For more information, see the Post-Award section of our website.


Grant Spotlight

Cal Lutheran receives $1M to help pastors

California Lutheran University has been awarded nearly $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help pastors and church leaders throughout 14 Western states avoid burnout and thrive in their ministries.

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Fulbright Spotlight

Alumnus receives top-tier Fulbright grant

Erik Fruth of Camarillo has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Award, becoming the first California Lutheran University applicant to receive the program’s most competitive student fellowship.

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