This series of programs throughout AY 2023-24 will help Faculty Collaborative Research Teams go through the steps to 1) conceive, plan, write grant proposals 2) identify appropriate funding agencies and engage with program officers throughout development of grant proposals, and 3) submit major grant proposals for extramural funding within the next 18 months.



Ladder faculty members of all ranks from the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, and Education (HASSE) disciplines are eligible to participate in the October 6th Pre-proposal retreat. Faculty Research Teams interested in continuing to participate in the Collaborative Retreat Series will be required to apply (see details below).  Each proposing team must include at least one HASSE faculty member. The additional collaborator(s) may be from any academic department at UCSB and/or from external institutions, including from STEM disciplines and departments.

Description of Activities in 2023-24 Academic Year

Fall 2023

October 6, 2023: Fall Collaborative Research Pre-proposal Funding Retreat
10 AM – 4 PM ● West Campus Conference Center, UCSB

Register Here to attend this retreat no later than September 29, 2023.

This retreat provides an opportunity for Faculty Collaborative Research Teams to draft a grant proposal abstract and identify funding calls that will support their research.

Throughout Fall Quarter, faculty research teams will work on developing their research abstract and identifying potential funding agencies. Faculty interested in continuing to be a part of the 2024 Faculty Collaborative Research Retreat Series will need to sign up for a one-on-one meeting with Barbara Walker or Melissa Bator of OR. In these individualized sessions, the OR team will assist faculty research teams strengthen their research proposal abstracts and advise faculty on how to communicate effectively with program officers at funding agencies.

October 23, 2023: Call for Proposals opens for the 2024 Collaborative Retreat Series with Seed Funding Program

The AVC of Research has allocated seed funding and Office of Research staff time in order to support collaborative teams as they develop their grant proposals.

Collaborative teams interested in having a structured, supported space to develop their grant proposal are encouraged to apply to be part of the 2024 Collaborative Retreat Series. Applicants will be required to submit a) a one-page project abstract, b) documentation that a program officer at a funding agency has indicated interest in the research proposal, and c) a budget describing how they intend to use the $5000 seed funding to develop their grant proposal.

Teams awarded seed grant funding are expected to participate in the 2024 Collaborative Retreat series.

Winter & Spring 2024

February 1: Applications due for 2024 Collaborative Retreat Series with Seed Funding

February 15: Notification of Award

March & June 2024: Collaborative Faculty Team Retreats I and II

Two day-long retreats will be held in March and June, with specific dates scheduled in consultation with participating faculty. These retreats are designed to provide structured time and space for faculty research teams, to offer the resources of OR as faculty work on their grant proposals, and to help faculty develop a feasible timeline towards submission of funding applications by Fall 2024.


Melissa Bator (mjb@ucsb.edu), Strategic Research Initiatives Associate