UCSB Academic Senate

Pearl Chase Research Grants

Faculty research projects related to local community development, conservation, or historic preservation may be eligible for Pearl Chase Funding. Dr. Pearl Chase played a key role in the development of Santa Barbara's unique character, from the time of her graduation from the University of California in 1909 until her death in 1979. Her efforts are widely evident in Santa Barbara's architecture, health and building codes, parks, historic landmarks, and Old Spanish Days Fiesta. She organized the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and helped establish many local organizations, including the Red Cross, United Way, and Santa Barbara Beautiful. Dr. Pearl Chase was also instrumental in establishing the Santa Barbara Indian Defense Association, which later became the National Association of American Indian Affairs.

The funding for this program was made possible by an endowment from Dr. Pearl Chase to UCSB. Any member of the Academic Senate Santa Barbara Division may apply. Proposals with budgets to $10,000 will be considered, although higher budgets will be subject to extra scrutiny.

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST

Application is restricted to Senate Members.

The chart below summarizes expenses that are considered eligible and ineligible for funding. Please see the Pearl Chase 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
  • Recently graduated students in a limited appointment
  • Student appointments of 25% time or more during the academic year
  • Student tuition, fees, and insurance
  • Postdoc appointments
  • Faculty salary
  • 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 (actual, reasonable costs incurred)
  • Foreign travel to conduct research (actual, reasonable costs incurred, not to exceed Federal Maximum Per Diem Allowances)
  • 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, due to state funding source, as prohibited by AB 1887
Publication Charges
  • Payments related to publication preparations including, but not limited to, copyediting, typesetting, proofing, printing, binding, image copyrights, and subvention
  • Cost of preprints or reprints
  • Cost of journal fees; for publishing in Open Access journals, applicants are encouraged to seek funding from 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, including for students
  • Honoraria
Books, Archives, 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 physical materials purchased become property of the University and must be turned over to the Library when the immediate research need has been fulfilled (licensed content cannot be transferred).
  • 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

Pearl Chase Research Grants Policy
Sample Application Form
Recent Sample Proposals
Advice from Former Chair
*Please note that guidelines are reviewed annually and thus samples from past years may not reflect current application requirements.

My Pearl Chase Research Grant History

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Coordinator: research.grants@senate.ucsb.edu