Grants and Awards

The RI&E Initiative supports faculty engaged in any of the following research areas:
  • Care design
  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Founders
  • High-technology
  • Innovation
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Innovation Management
  • Innovation Policy and Regulation
  • New Products
  • New Product Development
  • Open Innovation
  • Product Design (UI and UX)
  • Regenerative Business Models
  • Research and Development (R&D)
  • R&D Management
  • Responsible Entrepreneurship
  • Responsible Innovation
  • Start-ups
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social  Innovation
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Innovation
  • Sustainable business models
  • Technology Foresight
  • Value creation
Basic, applied, or pedagogical projects are welcome. The methods could be quantitative, qualitative (including case studies), behavioral experiments or any combination of these methods.
We support research projects in the near-submission stage (Advance to Submission) or currently under review (Conquer the R&R). For more details, please see below.

Advance to Submission Grants

As past research task forces at the college and university levels have shown, the number one barrier for faculty publishing high impact and high rigor work is the lack of time (primarily due to high teaching and service-related obligations). The goal of the award is to support LFCOB faculty engaged in Innovation and Entrepreneurship research advance their research to the submission stage of rigorous and impactful peer-reviewed journals.

A maximum $10,000 will be awarded and will need to be used within 12 months. We strongly encourage using this amount

  • for availing assigned time for research (typically $8500) to get the project to PRJ submission. Course releases have to coordinated with department chair.[1],[2]
  • for hiring student assistants.


[1] If two or more than two faculty apply for the same project, the award would be provided in order of authorship and/or after discussions with applicants.

[2] Be aware that the Dean’s office will not approve any overload requests from faculty for the AY that they avail of a course release.

Any tenured or tenure-track faculty from LFCoB can apply. We not only encourage interdisciplinary faculty collaboration within the LFCoB but also from other colleges within SFSU. Proposals that have such collaborations will receive special consideration.

Proposal specifications: The proposal should have the following sections (no more than 1,500 words, excluding bibliography). Consult the Call-For-Proposals for details.

  • Significance of the project and contribution to the discipline
  • Methodology
  • Specific audiences
  • Evidence of productivity and funding for applicant
  • Budget Justification

Funded projects should acknowledge the support of the RI&E Research Initiative (Under the Lam-Larsen Initiatives) in all presentations and publications.

Electronic Submission: All applications should be submitted by email to by February 12, 2024 with “Advance to Submission Competitive Awards” in the title. The application package should be a single PDF document. Please name the PDF document with the “Lastname_Firstname” of the applicant.

The RI&E Research Initiative leadership will review and evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Does the proposed research significantly contribute to extant research in I&E? In other words, what is the expected academic impact of the proposal?
  • Does the proposed research have possible influences outside of academia, such as business, government, policymakers, or civil society?
  • How interdisciplinary is the project?
  • Are students directly involved in conducting the research? This program will provide high preference to applications that hire students to conduct research. In this way, this program ties into CSU’s larger initiative for student-involved research. We encourage faculty to mentor the students to showcase their projects in the CSU Student Research Showcases.
  • What is the extent to which the project is related to the domain of RI&E? Proposals that are related to RI&E will receive special consideration. Responsible Innovation is a broad research umbrella. Please refer to Stilgoe et al. (2013)[1] for more information about RI&E, or attend forthcoming workshops for guidance on how to position your research relative to the RI&E Initiative’s goals.

Please note that all decisions made by the committee will be final.


[1] Stilgoe, J., Owen, R., & Macnaghten, P. (2013). Developing a framework for responsible innovation. Research policy, 42(9), 1568-1580.

Please email the Associate Director for Research ( for questions.

Conquer the R&R (Revise and Resubmit) Grants

As past research task forces at the college and university levels have shown, the number one barrier for faculty publishing high impact and high rigor work is the lack of time (primarily due to high teaching and service-related obligations). This grant will support faculty who submit their work to high impact and high rigor journals on the topic of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Research and receive a Revise and Resubmit (R&R). The goals of the award are to

  • support the mission of the Initiative in becoming a center of excellence, and
  • support innovation and ethics-oriented elements of SF State’s mission

One assigned time for faculty who receive R&R from qualifying Peer Reviewed Journals (PRJs). Assigned times have to be coordinated with department chair. If there are more than one faculty from the college applying for the same R&R, the release would be provided based on the order of authorship and/through the grant committee’s discussions with the authors.[1],[2]


[1] In the case of equal authorship and if all authors apply for the grant, no assigned time will be awarded and the monies allocated for the grant with be equally divided among the applicants in order to support their respective research programs. No more than one course release per paper across all authors will be awarded.

[2] Be aware that the Dean’s office will not approve any overload requests from faculty for the AY that they avail of a course release.

  1. Period under review: The PRJ submission must have received a revise and resubmit anytime in Academic Year 2023-2024.
  2. Who qualifies to apply:
    • Full-time tenured, tenure-track faculty members who are on active duties.
    • The applicant needs to demonstrate that the workload is commensurate to the assigned time provided. This can be demonstrated by order of authorship, and/or statement from co-authors about the applicant’s role in the research project and anticipated revisions.
  3. What qualifies to apply for the award:
    • R&Rs from PRJs can be considered based on the following criteria (must meet both criteria):

      • Quality and Rigor: PRJ is listed in Financial Times 50 Journals or Dallas 24 list (for faculty from Economics see footnote[1]). In addition, R&Rs from Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Journal of Product Innovation Management will be provided special considerations.
      • Relevance of the publication to I&E: This will be determined by assessing the contents of the article. In other words, the articles will be evaluated to determine if their theory development, research questions, and/or hypotheses directly investigate constructs relating to any of the following topics: 


[1] American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies.

Faculty members who think they have met the above requirements and want to be considered for the grant should email anytime during the academic year, with “Conquer the R&R Award” as the subject of the email and with the following items:

  1. The notification of the revise and resubmit from the journal’s editorial team
  2. The reviewer comments from the latest round of reviews
  3. The working manuscript
  4. Within five pages provide revision plan and details of assigned responsibilities (if more than one author).
  5. If more than one author, a statement from co-authors about the applicant’s role in the research project and in revising the manuscript.

Please check the current Call-for-Proposals for more details. 

The review committee reserves the right to request for additional documentation and the decisions made by the committee are final.

Funded projects should acknowledge the support of the RI&E Research Initiative (Under the Lam-Larsen Initiatives) in all presentations and publications.

Please email the Associate Director for Research ( for questions.


Advance to Submission Grant, Fall 2023

In this project, Prof. Yiwen Chen investigates content creation strategies employed by creative entrepreneurs.  With the competing interests of different stakeholders in mind, creative entrepreneurs need to strike a balance between organic and commercial content. To this end, this research attempts to provide guidance by investigating the roles of video structure and video content in increasing audience engagement.

Conquer the Revise-and-Resubmit Grant, Fall 2023

In this project, Prof. Lihua Wang and colleagues investigate the role of Chief Technology officers in high-tech new ventures. Their investigation empirically demonstrates that chief technology officers promote innovation activities in these new ventures. Additionally, other chief technology officer characteristics can increase or hinder these activities. This work is currently under (third round) revise-and-resubmit in one of the RIE Initiative’s recommended journals.

Advance to Submission Grant, Spring 2023

Project Overview: In this project, Prof. Jang focuses on digital business start-ups. Once a digital business start-up successfully develops its new products and services, the next critical step is to predict future sales for investor relations (IR). While it is a standard industry practice to predict sales for at least three years for IR, it can be challenging for a start-up to accurately predict its sales, especially with a short data period, limited financial information, and few human resources. As a result, start-ups often struggle to provide reliable investment information to interested parties, including internal managers and external financial investors. To address this challenge, Prof. Jang proposes an innovative sales prediction model based on several key marketing factors, including the number of new members, online advertising, and consumer reviews on social media. 

Advance to Submission Grant, Fall 2022

Project overview: In this study, Prof. Petkova and her collaborators explore the unique challenges faced by social entrepreneurs in balancing their ventures’ social missions with commercial activities to support operations. Social ventures introduce innovative technologies to solve major societal and environmental challenges, yet they struggle to build initial reputation with prospective customers and the general public. This in-depth qualitative study aims to shed new light into the formation and content of early customer perceptions and evaluations that comprise the initial reputation of a new social venture. The results of this study will advance research in social entrepreneurship and organization by offering new insights into the complex processes of social evaluations. It also will provide some practical guidance to social innovators and entrepreneurs on how to channel stakeholders’ perceptions and evaluations to the advantage of their ventures’ reputation.

Advance to Submission Grant, Fall 2022

Project Overview: Entrepreneurs rely on angel investors, venture capitalists, and crowdfunding sources to obtain the resources they need to ensure the success of their business idea. In my research, I examine the ways in which venture capitalists and crowd funders make decisions about the efficacy of an entrepreneur’s idea, particularly examining how entrepreneurs use of communicative abstraction in framing their pitch can serve to erroneously bias venture capitalists' decision-making about the efficacy of an entrepreneur’s idea. Furthermore, I examine whether the impact of communicative abstraction on funding decisions is contingent on funding context (pitch competition versus crowdfunding platform). Because men and women differ in their use of communicative abstraction, venture capitalists’ reliance on communicative abstraction when making funding decisions may serve to perpetuate gender differences in entrepreneurial outcomes.