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.
Application Deadline:Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST
Application is restricted to Senate Members.
The chart below is a general summary of expenses that may be considered. Please see the Faculty Research Grants Policy for details.
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
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
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
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.