The Sponsored Projects Office (SPO) assists faculty and professional research staff in their efforts to secure and ensure proper stewardship of external funding. This office is responsible for the effective and timely handling of faculty research proposals, specifically for preparing, interpreting, negotiating, and accepting agreements on behalf of the Regents for projects funded by federal and state agencies, foundations, and other public and private sources.

Sponsored Projects teams, consisting of an officer (lead) and an analyst, are assigned to each UCSB department and unit that administers contracts and grants. See the Sponsored Projects team assignments.

News & Announcements

The NIH as issued Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-043 announcing the publication of the revised NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS, rev. December 2019). This revision is applicable to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2019. Please see the text of the notice for additional details and links to the revised policy. If you have any questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects teamPosted 12/16/2019.

The NIH issued NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-026 announcing the forthcoming NIH "Forms-F" application forms to be used with applications due on or after May 25, 2020. These changes will be implemented with application form packages identified with a competition ID of "FORMS-F" and associated application guide instructions. The NIH will provide additional guidance and confirm implementation plans in early 2020. Posted 11/22/2019.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is migrating its business applications to a modern and flexible platform from November 8 at 8:00 PM EST through November 12 at 6:00 AM EST. As part of this effort, NSF will also upgrade the alpha-numeric character set used by the FastLane and systems to correct textual errors, such as special characters displaying as question marks ("?") in proposals and project reports. This migration has been scheduled over the Veterans Day holiday weekend to minimize the impact of the systems downtime on the research community and NSF staff.

During this outage, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be prepared or submitted in FastLane and, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and, including in-progress proposals and project reports, will be accessible after the migration is completed. Posted 10/21/2019

Departments and ORUs managing NIH awards, please review the NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-003 relating to the NIH operating under a continuing resolution through November 21, 2019 and share with PIs as appropriate. If you have questions about it, contact your Sponsored Projects teamPosted 10/18/2019

NSF’s Director, Dr. France Córdova, issued a Dear Colleague Letter on Research Protection.  It discusses NSF's concerns regarding foreign influence in research and describes changes that are coming to NSF proposal procedures later this year. Posted 7/15/2019

The NIH has issued guide notice NOT-OD-19-109 stating that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have ORCID IDs (Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers) beginning in FY 2020. Please see the notice for details of the requirement. Posted 7/15/2019

The NIH has issued Guide Notice NOT-OD-19-114, "Reminders of NIH Policies on Other Support and on Policies related to Financial Conflicts of Interest and Foreign Components". Per the notice, the intent "is to remind the extramural community about the need to report foreign activities through documentation of other support, foreign components, and financial conflict of interest to prevent scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap". "Other support includes all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant. This includes resource and/or financial support from all foreign and domestic entities, including but not limited to, financial support for laboratory personnel, and provision of high-value materials that are not freely available (e.g., biologics, chemical, model systems, technology, etc.)."

This information must be reported in applications (JIT) and progress reports (RPPR) for all PIs and Senior/Key Personnel. The NIH has also published a FAQ on this topic that further elaborates on what must be reported (i.e. PI start-up funds).

If your department has proposals and/or awards with the NIH, please review these documents and share with any PIs that may have NIH awards, proposals or be contemplating submitting proposals to the NIH.

If you have questions about these disclosure requirements, please contact your Sponsored Projects teamPosted 7/11/2019

Meet The Team

Sponsored Projects Leadership

Cora Diaz
Director Sponsored Projects
(805) 893-4035

George Hopwood
Associate Director Sponsored Projects
(805) 893-5530

Sponsored Projects Officers

Daniela Gallardo
Senior Sponsored Projects Officer/Subaward Officer
(805) 893-7027

Melissa Waver
Senior Sponsored Projects Officer & Federal Policy Advisor
(805) 893-5089

Hilda Vasquez
Sponsored Projects Officer
(805) 893-7360

Jenny Chavira
Sponsored Projects Officer
(805) 893-4034

Betsy Lazarine
Sponsored Projects Officer
(805) 893-8809

Sponsored Projects Analysts

Kevin Loza
Sponsored Projects Analyst
(805) 893-4526

Kyle Hekhuis
Sponsored Projects Analyst
(805) 893-3890

Rebecca Eggeman
Sponsored Projects Analyst
(805) 893-8503

Reese Raffo
Sponsored Projects Analyst
(805) 893-5687

Clarissa Cabrera
Sponsored Projects Analyst
(805) 893-4763

Sponsored Projects Analyst