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*

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
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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
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PI Academy: Proposal Submission 101 [Virtual]
Learn the ins and outs of submitting a proposal at UCSB. 
Friday, October 22, 2021
12 PM PST
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PI Academy: Early Career Research Programs [Virtual]
There are a number of science and engineering funding opportunities exclusively open to young researchers. Attend this workshop to plan your submission calendar, and to learn how our campus handles STEM junior faculty awards that limit the number of campus submissions.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
12 PM PST
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PI Academy: Finding Funding with Pivot [Virtual]
Learn how to use Pivot to search for funding opportunities and create alerts of new grants available in your field.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
12 PM PST
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PI Academy: NSF CAREER Workshop [Virtual]
This session will include an overview of the NSF CAREER Program, a Q&A with a panel of UCSB’s past CAREER recipients, and advice on best practices for developing your Education & Outreach component.
Friday, January 14, 2022
12 PM PST
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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.
Tuesday, March 8, 2022
12 PM PST
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PI Academy: Proposal Resubmissions [Virtual]
Rejection! What next? In this workshop you will learn strategies for evaluating reviewer comments, addressing perceived flaws, and revising and resubmitting your proposal.
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
12 PM PST
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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.
TBD
12 PM PST
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

 

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.