A Message for Faculty from Research Development:

We know you are busy wrapping your head around online teaching, maintaining your research and writing, not to mention child care and homeschooling!  It may seem overwhelming and could lead to professional paralysis. Take a deep breath. Below, we have collected resources to help you maintain research and publication productivity during this challenging time.

Research Development and the Office of Research are working remotely, but we’re fully operational. Email is the best way to get in touch with members of our team, and all meetings will be conducted via Zoom. We will also be holding virtual office hours. Sign up for an appointment slot via Google calendar by clicking on the “Sign Up” link next to each person’s name to the right.

If you have suggestions or requests for additional resources or Research Development activities you think might be helpful please email funding@research.ucsb.edu.

-The Research Development Team

On this page: COVID-19 ResourcesWriting and Peer Review GroupsWebinars and Articles Related to Research ProductivityResearch Productivity Tools

Research Development Virtual Office Hours


Resources & Opportunities related to COVID-19 Research

Review upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities related to COVID-19 here.



Data and Data Science Resources


The Academic Data Science Alliance is working with partners to pull together data and data science resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a living list of resources and they welcome additions, suggestions, and collaborations. Please view the database at this link (https://www.academicdatascience.org/covid). You will also be able to submit additions, corrections, comments, and suggestions.  This database is limited to research and data resources and does not include opinion pieces and teaching resources. Also, note that the resources listed are provided as-is. Use your professional judgement and best practices to vet these resources before you use them for research and scientific communications.

Writing and Peer Review Groups

Research Development is facilitating writing and peer review groups for spring quarter:

Proposal Peer Review: If you are currently working on a grant proposal, join a peer review group to exchange proposal drafts and provide feedback to your peers.  We will form groups based on like disciplines and/or funding agency/program.

Writing Accountability Groups: Instead of providing substantive feedback, writing accountability groups use principles of motivation, goal setting and social support to help faculty maintain good writing habits and make consistent progress. The expectation is for groups to meet one hour every other week, during which time members report on their progress, set the next goals, and commit to completing them before the next meeting.

Sign up to be assigned to a Writing Group.


    Multiple studies have pointed to benefits of faculty writing groups for increasing productivity, resulting in doubling of publication rates (McGrail, Rickard, & Jones 2006), as well as improved work-life balance (Davis, Provost, & Major, 2011).

    • Rockquemorem Kerry Ann, "Shut Up and Write," Inside Higher Ed
    • Muller, Eric L., "Developing the Faculty as a Writing Community", AAUP
    • Davis, D. J., K. Provost, & A. Major, A. 2011. “Writing Groups for Work-Life Balance: Faculty Writing Group Leaders Share their Stories.” To Improve the Academy 30: 31-42.
    • McGrail, M., C.M. Rickard, & R. Jones. 2006. “Publish or Perish: A Systematic Review of Interventions to Increase Academic Publication Rates.” Higher Education Research & Development 25(1): 19-35.

    Webinars and Articles Related to Research Productivity

    Managing Remote Teams: Insights from Organizational Research

    Paul Leonardi, Professor, Technology Management Program, UC Santa Barbara
    Your team is online: how do you overcome the challenges of supervising your students and working with collaborators to help them feel part of a team? In this webinar, we will explore practical tools, effective strategies and ideas from organizational research for successfully managing your remote teams.
    April 6, 2020; 3PM - 4PM PST
    Access the recording here.

    The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

    NCFDD is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students, dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.

    Information about NCFDD and how to activate your UCSB account.

    The NCFDD has assembled other relevant recorded webinars, resources and practical advice to focus on:

    • physical and mental health and wellness
    • best practices to stay calm and maintain a sense of routine
    • creating a strategic plan

    Team Science

    Additional Resources and Articles


    Research Productivity Tools


    Qualtrics is a web-based data collection tool that can be used to conduct surveys, analyze responses, and other data research activities. UCSB has a campus-wide Qualtrics license that covers all UCSB faculty, staff, students, lecturers, and career researchers. 

    To begin using Qualtrics, start here:

    JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal. Established in 2006, JoVE is devoted to publishing scientific research in a visual format to help researchers overcome two of the biggest challenges facing the scientific research community today; poor reproducibility and the time and labor intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

    The University of California has been able to negotiate full access to all of the JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments. All content is accessible now, using your UCSBnetID. This can be particularly useful for lab instruction while remote.

    Pivot provides a comprehensive database of funding opportunities worldwide and across all disciplines, as well as a flexible portfolio of tools to support research collaborations. Individual users can perform funding searches, create their own weekly email funding alert, save lists of funding opportunities, search for potential research colleagues on- or off-campus and match profiles to funding opportunities. Pivot is available to any UCSB faculty, staff, or students with an @ucsb.edu email address. 

    Career Strategic Planning Resources created by Research Development

    • Designing Your Research Portfolio slides - PI Academy - Winter 2020
    • Career Milestone Template
    • Career Milestone Example
    • Plan Worksheet
    • FREEWRITING by Peter Elbow
    • Write every day: a mantra dismantled by Helen Sword

    Resources for Junior Faculty