Commit to Submit is a professional development program designed to coach Humanities, Arts, Education, and Social Sciences faculty through the process of submitting a grant proposal to a federal agency, from conception to completion. Successful grant-seeking requires understanding the priorities of funders, communicating and building relationships at agencies, and advocating for your research to audiences outside of your area of expertise. The Office of Research will provide resources – including travel to Washington, DC – to faculty members who are motivated to improve their abilities in these areas, and to pursue extramural funding. In return, selected faculty members must commit to the program of activities that will conclude with the submission of a grant proposal before July 1, 2021. The program includes the following activities during winter and spring quarter 2020:

  • Workshop 1, Identifying opportunities: Find funders and program officers. Learn to read and interpret RFPs.
  • Workshop 2, Communicating with funders: Develop an email introduction. Learn the anatomy of a 1-pager. Begin crafting a phone call/elevator pitch.
  • Workshop 3, Peer review session: Receive feedback on your 1-pager and elevator pitch from the cohort and Research Development team. Practice conversations with funders.
  • DC Trip, Travel to Washington, DC in a group: Visit UCDC, federal agencies, and meet program officers.
  • Workshop 4, Proposal review sessionDraft a full proposal and receive feedback from the cohort and Research Development team (summer or fall 2020).
  • Submit proposal

All activities, including the trip to Washington, DC will be organized and funded by the Office of Research. Our goal is to provide an encouraging, educational, and supportive environment in which Commit to Submit cohort members can produce a successful grant proposal.


  • Applicants must conduct research in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts, or Education.
  • Applicants must be ladder rank faculty or LSOE, in any college or division, currently employed at UCSB.
  • Applicants must have a fundable research project idea that they can briefly describe.
  • Applicants must be targeting a federal agency. These include, but are not limited to: National Science Foundation, Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense.

Are you ready to commit? If you would like to be considered for Commit to Submit, please fill out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/VBoMNhd8tNuQjLyo8. It asks for your department, title, contact info, agency you are targeting, and a 100-word description of the research project you’d like to fund. Selection will be made by Research Development staff in consultation with the Dean of your Division.

Questions? Contact Director of Research Development for Social Sciences, Barbara Walker (walker@research.ucsb.edu), or Assoc. Director of Research Development for HFA and GGSE, Brandon Fastman (fastman@research.ucsb.edu).