Research Development offers workshops and classes throughout the year on proposal development, how to search for grants, current funding initiatives, junior faculty award programs, and other topics relevant to successfully competing for grants.

Upcoming Events

*virtual events will be labeled*


PI Academy: Data Management and the DMPTool [Virtual]
Developed in collaboration with the UCSB Library, this workshop will go over the essential elements of a data management plan. Come learn about the DMPTool, an online tool for crafting funder-specific data management plans, and other resources available through the Library.
May 20, 2022
12 PM PST
Registration Link


Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awardee Panel [Virtual]
In anticipation of the next Fulbright U.S. Scholar deadline on September 15, 2022, the Office of Research will be holding an informational webinar and faculty panel on the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program, which offers 800+ awards annually in over 135 countries. Please join us to learn more about this program and to hear from successful awardees about their strategies for conceptualizing projects and writing winning proposals.  
May 25, 2022
12 PM PST
Registration Link


LEADR: Practical Strategies for Managing Teams [Virtual]
Elizabeth ZouZou Chapman, PMP

  • considerations and practical tools 
  • best practices and techniques for managing long-term projects
  • tools for meetings, time management, team processes, and organization

Date TBD
Registration Link

Past Events

Write on Site Retreat
The Chicano Studies Institute and the Office of Research will host a writing retreat on September 20, 9am until 4pm, in Alumni Hall, Mosher. This retreat provides for a focused, positive writing space where writers can be productive in a quiet group setting. Set aside as much (or as little) time as you’re able to dedicate to your research and writing projects.
Monday, September 20, 2021
Alumni Hall, Mosher Alumni House
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST


Media Coaching for Scholars: For those in the sciences 
Push your research findings and insights beyond the world of academic publishing. This two-hour workshop will help you get your work noticed beyond your discipline, gaining exposure in mainstream media outlets and on popular niche platforms, reaching a wider and less specialized audience. Veteran journalist and Writing Program Lecturer Nomi Morris will take you into the mindset of non-academic editors and coach you toward getting your work featured in print and online outlets you may not have considered. Who to pitch to and how? Write about it yourself or get them to write about you? How to convert jargon from your field into features for the layperson? These and other topics will be workshopped.
Henley Board Room, Mosher Alumni House
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM PST


Media Coaching for Scholars: For those in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, education
Push your research findings and insights beyond the world of academic publishing. This two-hour workshop will help you get your work noticed beyond your discipline, gaining exposure in mainstream media outlets and on popular niche platforms, reaching a wider and less specialized audience. Veteran journalist and Writing Program Lecturer Nomi Morris will take you into the mindset of non-academic editors and coach you toward getting your work featured in print and online outlets you may not have considered. Who to pitch to and how? Write about it yourself or get them to write about you? How to convert jargon from your field into features for the layperson? These and other topics will be workshopped.
Henley Board Room, Mosher Alumni House
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM PST


PI Academy: Proposal Submission 101 [Virtual]
Learn the ins and outs of submitting a proposal at UCSB. 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12 PM PST


PI Academy: Early Career Research Programs [Virtual]
A number of private Foundations, and virtually all Federal Agencies, have funding programs exclusively open to junior faculty. Funding levels, eligibility requirements, submission cycles, and, importantly, research focus of these opportunities vary widely. Further, most of these programs are very competitive. As such, your success depends not only on a brilliant research idea, but also on careful planning and a strong application.  In this workshop, we will review the main junior faculty awards, discuss proposal success, and start planning your research agenda. 
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
12 PM PST


Find Funding with Pivot [Virtual]
Pivot is a comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities and pre-populated scholar profiles. All UCSB faculty, staff, and students can use this resource to search for external funding opportunities and potential collaborators. Join us for this walkthrough of the various features that Pivot offers, including creating and saving searches and setting up funding alerts.
Date: January 12, 2022
12 PM PST


LEADR: Leading Transdisciplinary Research Teams [virtual]
Dan Stokols, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
School of Social Ecology
University of California, Irvine

  • leadership style
  • leadership in large research projects: is this the right time?
  • distilling a vision and mission for your team/project
  • emotional intelligence

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST 


PI Academy: NSF CAREER Workshop 1 [Virtual]
Topic: Writing a Competitive Application
The NSF CAREER award is both a highly prestigious and highly competitive funding opportunity for early-career faculty. In this first workshop, we will introduce junior faculty to the NSF CAREER program, and discuss tools and strategies to prepare a competitive proposal.
Friday, February 11, 2022
12 PM PST


PI Academy: NSF CAREER Workshop 2 [Virtual]
Topic: Q&A with Past Awardees
This second workshop about the NSF CAREER program will provide a forum for applicants to interact with recent UCSB CAREER awardees and gain insights from their experience.
Friday, February 18, 2022
12 PM PST


LEADR: Building a Team and Fostering Inclusion [virtual]
Kyle Lewis, Chair and Professor
Technology Management Program
University of California, Santa Barbara

  • team science
  • selecting collaborators
  • fostering inclusion: DEI in team building
  • group dynamics and approaches to driving teams of faculty

Tuesday, March 1, 2022
12:00 PM PST


Workshop: Introduction to NSF if NIH is your “home" [virtual]
If you are planning on applying to NSF and your main funding "home" has been NIH so far, join us for this workshop where we compare and contrast the two agencies, from mission, to review criteria, to funding mechanisms.

Friday, March 4, 2022


PI Academy: Funding for Hispanic-Serving Institutions [Virtual]
As an Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), UCSB faculty are eligible to apply for a variety of federal grants.  In this workshop you will learn about the available funding opportunities and tips for writing competitive proposals.
Friday, April 1, 2022
12 PM PST


LEADR: Communicating Your Research Strategically [Virtual]
Bri McWhorter, Founder and CEO
Activate to Captivate
&
UCSB Research Development Team

An essential part of leadership is developing a team vision, connecting and engaging with various audiences, and communicating your work. Join us for our third workshop in the LEADR series: Communicating Your Research Strategically.  In this interactive workshop, the UCSB Research Development Team will be joined by Bri McWhorter, Founder and CEO of Activate to Captivate. Topics being addressed in this LEADR workshop include:

  • How to communicate with funding agencies, including identifying and engaging with program officers, and drafting one-pagers
  • How to create an instant connection with any audience (e.g. formal audiences, teammates, the general public, donors, and collaborators)
  • How to craft an effective research pitch that is memorable and repeatable
  • General tips to help people stay engaged with you and your ideas

Monday, April 4, 2022
12:00 PM PST


LEADR: Communication, Trust, and Conflict in Research Teams [Virtual]
Michelle Bennett, Chief Collaboration Officer
LMBennett Consulting, LLC

  • building trust, promoting and facilitating dialogue in teams
  • conflict resolution, negotiation, delegation
  • decision making in team settings
  • setting direction and getting buy-in

Tuesday, May 10, 2022
12:00 PM PST

 

Annual Programs

The P.I. Academy

The PI Academy is an annual program designed to orient new and junior faculty across all disciplines to UC Santa Barbara's research community and resources. Through the PI Academy, presenters and facilitators actively engage faculty on a number of core research topics to ensure early investigators are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research and creative endeavors.

There is no requirement for participation. Faculty may attend any topic of interest. While geared towards new and junior faculty, any faculty member may attend. The FY20 schedule is below. RSVP early!

Proposal Writing for Success (PROWESS)

Designed for entry-level faculty and new appointees in science and engineering. Spread over nine half-day sessions, it covers a broad range of topics, including proposal writing techniques, a review of prominent funding sources, and proposal preparation practice. Like most of our workshops, PROWESS features presentations from RD staff and faculty, as well as panels of faculty with particularly relevant experience. Applications are solicited in February and PROWESS is held in June and July.

Commit to Submit

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.