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Sponsored Projects

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.


News & Announcements

Updates to Restricted Travel Law AB 1887

On September 27, 2016 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 1887 into law. This law prohibits state-funded travel to states that have passed a law after June 26, 2015 that authorized discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression; or repealed existing state or local protections against such discrimination. The following updates have been made.

For additional information and FAQs, please see Business & Financial Services Travel & Entertainment website on the subject. Posted 6/28/2017

NSF Website, Fastlane and Offline June 30 - July 4

Please be advised that the NSF website, FastLane, and will be unavailable from Friday, June 30 at 8:00 PM EDT until Tuesday, July 4 at 6:00 PM EDT. During this outage period, there will be no access to these websites, proposals cannot be submitted in FastLane, and project reports and cash requests cannot be submitted in However, previously saved information and uploaded documents in FastLane and, including in-process proposals and reports, will be accessible after the Data Center move. For the NSF's full announcement, click here. Posted 6/13/2017

NIH Makes Additional Change to Policy on Post-Submission Materials

The NIH issued Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-066 to update and replace the NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH policy for post-submission materials for applications submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2017. It expands that policy to include citations to issued patents as allowable post-submission materials.  Post-submission materials are those submitted after submission of the grant application but prior to initial peer review. They are not intended to correct oversights or errors discovered after submission of the application, but rather allow applicants the opportunity to respond to unforeseen events. Click here to read the full notice. Posted 6/5/2017

Quarterly NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter

The National Science Foundation's Policy Office in the Division of Institutional & Award Support has issued its quarterly NSF Proposal & Award Policy Newsletter. Topics discussed in clude the NSF pilot of the New Collaborator and Other Affiliations template, Research Terms and Conditions implementation, and an explanation of participant support costs. Click here for a direct link to the newsletter. For this and past editions, click here. Posted 5/26/2017

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Training Opportunities & Upcoming Meetings

There are currently no STAR classes or training meetings scheduled by the Sponsored Projects Office.

Please check back in August 2017 for the 2017-18 STAR class schedule.

2016-17 STAR Course Schedule

The Sponsored Projects Training for Administrators in Research (STAR) program is a comprehensive certificated training program developed by the UCSB Office of Research to meet UCSB's research administration needs. The program's goals are to improve campus understanding of regulations, policies, and procedures; to strengthen internal controls; and to provide staff members with access to key resources and contacts when they need help.

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website. Once you have logged in use the search box and type in STAR to view all 11 courses.

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