The COVID-19 emergency has significantly impacted our community. In order to share up-to-date information and to hear directly from you, we will be hosting a virtual Research Town Hall on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2pm. This event is part of the Office of Research’s ongoing efforts to disseminate information that may help researchers manage the impacts of public health orders that have limited, and are likely to continue to limit, UC Santa Barbara research activity to varying degrees over the next year or so. We will also discuss how to safely ramp up research in stages as conditions allow. Please see the latest information about funding agency programs on the Office of Research’s COVID-19 Information page and our most recent campus memo “On Campus Research: Status and Plans.”

The town hall will consist of several short presentations followed by Q&A. Representatives from many areas within the Office of Research will be on hand to answer questions.

For this town hall, we will focus on the following issues:

  • Researchers’ obligations under the current shelter-in-place orders
  • Best practices for use of current grants; review of agency guidance about extensions and reporting; strategies, resources, and opportunities for maintaining group engagement and momentum
  • Advocacy efforts on behalf of the UC research community
  • Keeping our research community safe—a shared responsibility
  • The safe ramp up of research when allowed


Register Here (UCSBnetID required).


Town Hall Materials

Q&A - coming soon

Presentation Slides

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Preliminary Agenda

2pm     Welcome and Introduction of Speakers

2:05     Cora Diaz, Sponsored Projects

2:10     Barbara Walker, Research Development

2:15     Kirsten Deshler, Government Relations

2:20     Carolina Arias, Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology

2:35     Joseph Incandela, Vice Chancellor for Research

2:55     Q&A

3:30     Adjourn



Questions regarding this town hall may be directed to Andrea Stith at