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Funding for the Academic Senate Faculty Research Grants Program has been graciously provided by Chancellor Yang. Allocations of funds are governed by the Council on Research and Instructional Resources (CRIR) and University Regulations. The aim of these small grants is to support both quantitative and qualitative faculty research efforts, as well as faculty development across the campus.

Any member of the Academic Senate Santa Barbara Division may apply. Proposals may be considered up to $20,000, with high budget projects subject to extra scrutiny. Funding is competitive on the basis of scholarly excellence with priorities for:

  • Junior faculty with a clear need for funding;
  • Projects for which no extramural funding source can be identified;
  • Requests for seed monies with high potential for impact or graduation to extramural funding;
  • Requests that extend/augment work currently supported by extramural funds in particular to prepare extramural renewal proposals.

 The current grant application cycle has closed
Please revisit us at the end of Fall quarter for the next grant application period.

The chart below is a general summary of expenses that may be considered. Please see the Faculty Research Grants Policy for details.

Category Considered Not Considered
Research and Clerical Assistance
  • Undergraduate and graduate student appointments must be on an hourly basis and less than 24% time during the academic year
  • Student appointments of 25% time or more during the academic year
  • Student tuition, fees, and insurance
  • Postdoc appointments
  • Project specific specialized equipment that cannot be obtained from departmental or facility funds, or is not readily available elsewhere on campus.
  • Major equipment items should be requested in the regular departmental budget process
  • Project specific computer time, programming services, computer software, and databases;
  • Computing devices that are primarily used for performing, e.g., field research in the project.
  • Computers and hardware used for routine tasks including managing and tabulating data, writing/editing documents are generally considered administrative costs;
  • Personal computer used solely for the preparation of a manuscript is not an allowable expense
  • Expendable research supplies that are not normally provided by the department
  • Justified, project-specific, reasonable copy charges
  • General office supplies
Field and Travel Expenses
  • Costs related to field research and field assistance
  • Visits to museums, archives, and libraries
  • Domestic travel to conduct research
  • Foreign travel to conduct research
  • Travel to conferences for the purpose of presenting research results or creative work should be requested through the
    Faculty Travel Grants program
  • Travel to certain states using state funding source, as prohibited by AB 1887
Publication Charges
  • Payments related to publication preparations
  • Publication subvention cost up to $2,000*
  • Cost of preprints or reprints
  • Cost of journal fees; requests should be made through the Library
  • Research funding to conduct conferences is given very low priority; however, significant professional conferences held locally that enhance or promote UCSB research programs may be considered with justification
  • Travel costs for principal invited speakers, not to exceed $100 per day for each day the conference is in session
  • Conference registration fees
  • Honoraria
Books, Journals, Periodicals, Microfilm Copies...etc.
  • Under exceptional circumstances and with verification of the Library's inability to purchase the items, requests of this category may be considered; all such materials purchased become property of the University and must be turned over to the Library when the immediate research need has been fulfilled.
  • Commissioning digital copies of rare documents or manuscripts may also be considered. When such copies are designated by the seller as intended for personal use only, then the faculty is not required to turn them over to the library upon completion of their research.
  • Generally not considered