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Faculty development needs fall generally into three categories:

  1. the generation of research;

  2. the dissemination of research; and

  3. the professional development necessary to advance the expertise of the faculty member.

Cal Maritime supports these endeavors through a variety of funding opportunities. Brief descriptions and links to specific applications are below.  Detailed descriptions, processes and criteria are found in Descriptions of Faculty Development Funds (2020-21).


Cal Maritime faculty members seeking internal money for research shall apply for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) funds. The sources for this fund are the Chancellor’s Office and Cal Maritime. Faculty are also encouraged to seek outside funding.

Faculty members seeking money to present their research at conferences shall apply first for Department Faculty Development Funds and then for Academy-Wide Faculty Development Funds.

Faculty members seeking money for professional development shall apply through the Faculty Professional Development Fund.

RSCA and Academy-Wide applications will be reviewed by the Academic Senate’s Faculty
Development Committee (FDC), and the FDC will then send their recommendations to the Provost for approval as per Senate Policy 500. Applications for Professional Development will be reviewed by the Coordinator for Faculty Development and the Library Dean, who will then send their recommendations to the Provost for approval.
Please note that there are some additional opportunities (Class of 1965 Memorial Endowment, The President’s Mission Achievement Grant, the Faculty Maritime Fund Grant) offered by different divisions with different criteria and application processes. Information for all funding opportunities are detailed in the Funding Opportunities section.