Government Sponsored Programs and Research

Grants from federal, state and local governments are vital resources bolstering the university's own funds. These grants help expand research and enhance scholarly activity, and some student jobs are funded through them.

JCSU's Office of Government Sponsored Programs and Research (GSPAR) helps faculty and staff seek external funding. It also is an advocate for research and research-related activities.

Some current programs funded by government grants include:

Homeland security

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded JCSU a Congressionally directed grant of $400,000 to help establish the Undergraduate Research Center for Electronics and Cyber Security. This center has projects in robotics, sensor networks, voice and image recognition and emergency management.

Through the grant, JCSU also hosted a two-week summer camp to train 18 students on:

  • Information and network security
  • Network hacking
  • Computer forensics
  • Risk analysis/management
  • Email authentication

Upward Bound Program

The U.S. Department of Education provides more than $300,000 annually to assist high school students from low-income families or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.

The program, which also serves low-income military veterans, helps precollege students gain skills and confidence to succeed in their education.

Relief Distribution

The National Science Foundation awarded $175,000 through a program aimed at increasing the diversity of researchers in engineering. The grant involves student research related to emergency preparedness and responsiveness.

An OASIS for students

The National Science Foundation has funded $750,000 for a project that helps students in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) stay in college through graduation. Each student who participates in the One-stop Academic Student Integrated System (OASIS) has a personal "academic success coach" who:

  • Much like a personal fitness trainer, learns about your background and assesses what you'll need in order to reach your educational goals. That could mean determining whether you need financial aid, tutoring or something else.
  • Works with you to reach your educational goals. The coaches are specially trained in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, and they can help you line up opportunities for internships, research or job-shadowing as you explore and define your objectives.


JCSU has received $2 million from the National Science Foundation to help recruit, retain and graduate minorities in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields through HBCU-UP. All students interested in or majoring in these fields are part of the program, which serves about 300 such students a year.

HBCU-UP students receive targeted academic consulting and career development to ensure their preparation and success. The program has bolstered retention rates among students in these academic fields.