Research Development offers workshops and classes throughout the year on proposal development, how to search for grants, current funding initiatives, junior faculty award programs, and other topics relevant to successfully competing for grants.

Annual Workshops

The P.I. Academy

Research Development is excited to announce the launch of the PI Academy, a new annual program designed to orient new and junior faculty across all disciplines to UC Santa Barbara's research community and resources. Through the PI Academy, presenters and facilitators actively engage faculty on a number of core research topics to ensure early investigators are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research and creative endeavors.

There is no requirement for participation. Faculty may attend any topic of interest. While geared towards new and junior faculty, any faculty member may attend. The FY20 schedule is below. RSVP early!

Proposal Writing for Success (PROWESS)

Designed for entry-level faculty and new appointees in science and engineering. Spread over nine half-day sessions, it covers a broad range of topics, including proposal writing techniques, a review of prominent funding sources, and proposal preparation practice. Like most of our workshops, PROWESS features presentations from RD staff and faculty, as well as panels of faculty with particularly relevant experience. Applications are solicited in February and PROWESS is held in June and July.

Commit to Submit

Commit to Submit is a professional development program designed to coach Humanities, Arts, Education, and Social Sciences faculty through the process of submitting a grant proposal to a federal agency, from conception to completion. Successful grant-seeking requires understanding the priorities of funders, communicating and building relationships at agencies, and advocating for your research to audiences outside of your area of expertise. The Office of Research will provide resources – including travel to Washington, DC – to faculty members who are motivated to improve their abilities in these areas, and to pursue extramural funding. In return, selected faculty members must commit to the program of activities that will conclude with the submission of a grant proposal.

2019/20 Workshops & Events

Spring Quarter

PI Academy: Collaboration & Team Leadership
Collaborating across disciplines has become critical for advancing science and addressing complex questions. Research funding opportunities from most federal sponsors have reflected this shift to “team science” with calls for multi- and inter-disciplinary proposals. This session will provide an overview of preparing for and submitting these often large and complex proposals.

NIH Virtual Grant Writing Workshop Series
The Office of Research Development is hosting a virtual workshop series on NIH grants, particularly focusing on writing R01 and R21 proposals. The workshop will be divided into 4 parts over 4 Fridays starting May 15, 2020 (2 hours per session).  The workshop presenter is Dr. Peg Atkisson, of Atkisson Training Group, LLC (  Dr. Atkisson has a PhD in neuroscience from Tufts, and has been leading proposal writing workshops at universities across the country for decades.
Contact: Barbara Walker

PI Academy: Data Management and the DMPTool
Developed in collaboration with the UCSB Library, this workshop will go over the essential elements of a data management plan and discuss data management best practices. Come learn about the DMPTool, an online tool for crafting funder-specific data management plans, as well as other resources available through the Library, including ORCID and the Dryad repository.
Contact: Danielle Chandler
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Access the Slides and Recording (Anyone at UC Santa Barbara with this link can view)

NIH New Innovator (DP2) Award Workshop
The NIH New Innovator award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects. In this webinar, we will describe the unique application requirements of this funding opportunity, including its non-standard review process. We will also discuss the role of preliminary data, how to use all proposal components to make your case and offer strategies for crafting a strong application.
Contact: Maria Napoli
Friday, June 12, 2020
10:00am - 11:00am

PI Academy: Engaging and Working with Program Officers
Contacting your program officer when applying for federal awards is always a good idea. In this hands-on session,  you will learn the nuts and bolts of contacting a program officer, and develop a 1-pager introduction to your research and an effective elevator speech.


Winter Quarter

PI Academy: NSF CAREER Workshop
This session will include an overview of the NSF CAREER Program, a Q&A with a panel of UCSB’s past CAREER recipients, and advice on best practices for developing your Education & Outreach component.
January 30, 2020 | 12pm
ESB 2001

PI Academy: Research, Engagement, and Broader Impacts
Join Research Development and other campus entities to learn about resources available across campus to help you develop and integrate impactful, meaningful, feasible, and affordable broader impacts activities into your proposals.
February 6, 2020 | 12pm
ESB 2001

PI Academy: Designing Your Research Portfolio
This workshop will help you create a strategic plan for your research career towards meeting tenure, promotion, and other professional goals.  You will create a mental map of your research interests, as well as a chronological plan for how and when to fit a variety of research funding opportunities into the arc of your career.
February 25, 2020 | 12pm
Henley Board Room, Mosher


Fall Quarter

PI Academy: Proposal Submission 101
Learn the ins and outs of submitting a proposal at UCSB. Meet the Research Development staff and kickstart your research career!
October 10, 2019 | 12pm
Marine Science Building (MSI) 3322
Presentation Slides

Immigration Symposium
The Immigration Research Symposium is a forum for UCSB faculty to share their research interests related to the topic of immigration and to develop new research collaborations. All faculty whose research involves immigration from all disciplinary and methodological approaches are welcome to participate.
October 18, 2019 | 11:45am – 3:30pm
Loma Pelona

PI Academy: Limited Submission Early Career Research Programs
There are a number of science and engineering funding opportunities exclusively open to young researchers. Attend this workshop to plan your submission calendar, and to learn how our campus handles STEM junior faculty awards that limit the number of campus submissions.
October 22, 2019 | 11:30am
Henley Board Room, Mosher Alumni House
Presentation Slides

France A. Córdova, Director of National Science Foundation: Lecture & Reception
October 31, 2019 | 2pm - 4pm
ESB 1001

PI Academy: Funding for Minority-Serving Institutions
UCSB is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).  Attend this workshop to learn more about HSI, AANAPISI, and Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) grants, internships and partnerships.
November 13, 2019 | 12pm
Library 1312
Presentation Slides