Strategic Research Initiatives (SRI) works with faculty to effectively secure extramural funding, from early career fellowships to large center grants. Our support services include:

  • Helping faculty find relevant funding opportunities for their research.
  • Working directly with faculty to support effective proposal writing and development.
  • Coordinating and facilitating research teams in their pursuit of large interdisciplinary funding opportunities.
  • Providing proposal-related training and professional development for faculty and postdoctoral researchers.
  • Working with campus departments and offices to streamline the proposal submission process.

Meet the Team

Barbara Walker
Director, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts & Education
barbara.walker@ucsb.edu

Maria Napoli
Director, Science & Engineering
napoli@research.ucsb.edu

Danielle Chandler 
Associate Director, Science & Engineering
danielle.chandler@ucsb.edu

Melissa Bator
SRI Associate, Humanities, Fine Arts, Social Sciences, and Education
mjb@ucsb.edu

TBD
SRI Associate, Biological Science & Engineering

Kelly Pillsbury
Strategic Research Initiatives Analyst
kelly.pillsbury@ucsb.edu

Meghan McDonald
Strategic Research Initiatives Analyst
mcdonald@research.ucsb.edu

Fundamentals Newsletter

Strategic Research Initiatives sends out a monthly newsletter, Fundamentals, with the latest campus and agency announcements, current limited submissions, events, and more.