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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.

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


News & Announcements

New NSF Award Terms Effective March 1, 2018

Please be aware that the NSF has made revisions to the following documents which take effect Thursday, March 1, 2018:

NSF's award conditions, including the revised documents as well as a corresponding Summary of Signification Changes document for each can be viewed here

Important changes to note include:

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your Sponsored Projects team. Posted 2/28/2018

Reminder of NIH Prior Approval Requirement for Change in Status of PI

This email is a reminder of the requirement to obtain prior approval before any PD/PI or Senior/Key Personnel specifically named in the NIH notice of award:

It is the PI(s)' and department's responsibility to monitor the status and level of effort of PD/PIs and Senior/Key Personnel.

See the NIH Grants Policy Statement section for additional details and information that must be included in the prior approval request. Contact your Sponsored Projects team if you have any questions. Posted 2/13/2018

UPDATE: February 9, 2018 - The Federal Government is OPEN

The Federal Government is open, see this operating status update for information. If you have shutdown related questions, please contact your Sponsored Projects teamPosted 2/09/2018

UPDATE: January 23, 2018 - The Federal Government is OPEN

The Federal Government is open, see this operating status update for information. Departments and PIs with awards that received suspension notices should work with their Sponsored Projects team to determine when work on the affected awards can resume. Posted 1/23/2018

Federal Government Shutdown Guidance

Sponsored Projects has created a webpage to provide guidance regarding the Federal Government shutdown. The webpage will be updated as additional information becomes available. Please check back often. If you have award-specific questions not answered by the information on, or linked to from, the webpage, please contact your Sponsored Projects Team. Posted 1/20/2018

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Training Opportunities & Upcoming Meetings

STAR Class: Research Administration and Compliance l

This course addresses the research administration compliance environment, including federal and state conflict-of-interest regulations, significant compliance risks in research administration; research misconduct; export control; and insider tips/preparing for an audit, the UC Whistleblower Policy, and real-life examples of university research compliance issues.

Offered: Wednesday, April 04, 2018; 9:00am-12:00noon
Instructors: Karen Hanson, Brian McCurdy, Brandt Burgess, John Kushwara, Irene Camargo
Location: Marine Science Building Auditorium (MSB1302)

To register, visit the UCSB Learning Center website.

2017-18 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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Sponsored Projects Contact Information

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Institutional Information

Research-Related Agreements: Responsible Offices


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