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October 16, 2020
Dear Faculty and Staff: We are seeking self-nominations to serve on the new Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. This new...
October 16, 2020
Dear Colleagues: I am excited to welcome 1,486 new frosh and transfer students, 112 new graduate students, and 13 new faculty members to our division this year. They will be integral to our continued effort to support high-impact research and immersive student opportunities. Those experiences, especially in education, will be different this year, as fall instruction remains remote. Having myself taken up the challenge of online instruction to co-teach a course this fall, I’m awed by the creativity and determination of the faculty who pivoted to do this with a one-week notice in spring. When we are able to offer face-to-face instruction in the future, I’m confident that the innovations honed through our own immersion in 2020 will serve faculty and our students well. In the spirit of the new academic year, I want to share some changes happening in our division:
October 13, 2020
The Office of Research is conducting a campus-wide competition for the following limited submission opportunity: Ethical and Responsible Research (ER2). Available funding: $3,550,000, Internal Deadline: November 13, 2020.
October 9, 2020
The Office of Research is conducting a campus-wide competition for the following limited submission opportunity: National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI). Please forward this announcement to PIs as appropriate. Click on the link below to view more information. Thank you! Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020 Funding Organization's Deadline: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Award Cycle: 2021 Discipline/Subject Area: Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Geosciences; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Biological Sciences; Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences; Education and Human Resources; Office of International Science and Engineering; Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) Funding Available: 75,000,000
October 7, 2020
Research Development is a unit within the Office of Research. Research Development Specialists guide researchers through the proposal submission process and assist with idea generation, opportunity searches, and preparing competitive proposals (e.g., reviewing, editing, providing document support). We will be sharing select funding opportunities and updates with you on a bi-weekly basis; look for our messages every other Wednesday.
October 5, 2020
The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations and the Office of Research are please to share the following Limited Submission opportuntity. Click on the program title below to view more information. The campus has been invited to nominate two scientists to the 2020-21 Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF), Inventors Fellowship Program. This is a limited submission opportunity open to faculty, research scientists, and post docs, who have received their PhD in the last 10 years. Please contact us if you have any questions about eligibility for this funding opportunity.
October 5, 2020
The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share two open call for funding from the National Geographic Foundation Equity and the Natural World Funding: $5000 to $70,000 / one year Deadline: October 21, 2020 Disciplines: journalism, photography, data analysis, social media influencers, content creation Stories of Tropical Rainforests Funding: $5,000 – 70,000 / one year Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page for budgetary guidance. Deadline: October 21, 2020 Disciplines: journalism, photography, data analysis, social media influencers, content creation
September 30, 2020
The Division of Global Engagement seeks applications from all interested instructional faculty to develop Global Classroom courses, to be offered at UCSC in Fall 2021 and beyond. Up to 10 applications will be selected for this initial Call. Application Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 by 5 p.m.
September 30, 2020
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is pleased to announce this open call for funding from the Spencer Foundation. Early Career Investigator in Marine Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards Funding Level: $660,000 Deadline: November 5, 2020 Overview: The purpose of these awards is to help launch the careers of outstanding investigators in the field of marine microbial ecology and evolution who will advance our understanding through experiments, modeling or theory. Investigators must be currently active in research on microbial ecology and/or evolution (excluding research focusing on the microbiomes of animals or plants). Investigators with backgrounds in different fields are encouraged to apply. The foundation anticipates appointing up to five investigators in 2021.
September 23, 2020
Research Development Research Development is a unit within the Office of Research. Research Development Specialists guide researchers through the proposal submission process and assist with idea generation, opportunity searches, and...
September 15, 2020
Overview: The Small Research Grants on Education Program supports projects focused on education research (how people learn) that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. We anticipate that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others. Spenser Foundation - Samll Grants on Education Funding: Up to $50,000 Deadline: November 3rd, 2020
September 10, 2020
The Offices of Research and Corporate and Foundation Relations is please to announce a limited submission from Johnson and Johnso for thier WiSTEM2D Scholars Award. Internal Deadline: September 24, 2020 Funder: Johnson & Johnsom Program: WISTEM2D Scholars Award Funding Level: $150,000 UCSC contacts: Caroline Rodriguez, CFR, 831.459.5903, firstname.lastname@example.org John MacMillan, OR, email@example.com
September 9, 2020
In order to best prepare our instructional capacity and quality for the likelihood of some continuation of remote instruction beyond the Fall, the campus seeks proposals from faculty to develop on a voluntary basis fully online courses to be offered in Winter 2021. Priority will be given to course proposal submissions that address degree completion, have high enrollment, or are for types of courses (e.g., labs, studios) that have presented greater challenges in being offered remotely.
September 2, 2020
The Office of Research is conducting a campus-wide competition for the following limited submission opportunity: National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes. Should more than the allowable number of pre-applications (2) be received by the internal deadline, an independent faculty committee will review all materials and recommend to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research the most competitive proposals to represent UC Santa Cruz, using the review criteria in the program solicitation. If selected, PIs should be prepared to complete a full application pursuant to the sponsor’s guidelines. Thank you!
September 1, 2020
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is please to announce the call for applications for the following program (click the link below for more information): Whitehall Foundational Research Grants and Grants-in-Aid Funding Level: Research Grants $225,000 - Grants in Aid, $30,000, Deadline for LOI: October 1, 2020 The Foundation is currently interested in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: Invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. The overall goal should be to better understand behavioral output or brain mechanisms of behavior.
August 28, 2020
Dear Faculty: UC Santa Cruz has been invited by HHMI to nominate 3 graduate student/faculty pairs to apply for 2021 HHMI Gilliam fellowships. Please share broadly with your faculty, and have them route nominees to Susan Strome who is the campus liaison for this competition. The nomination deadline is very tight and we encourage you to distribute this announcement quickly and widely among interested departments and faculty. Overview: The goals of the Gilliam program are to ensure that populations historically excluded from and underrepresented in science are prepared to assume leadership roles, including as college and university faculty, and to foster the development of a healthier, more inclusive academic scientific ecosystem. Click the link below to view the program brochure.
August 19, 2020
I'm writing to clarify an important error in our message from earlier this afternoon that may have caused alarm. Though our facilities at UCO Lick and Big Creek Natural Reserve have had fire impacting their locations, there is currently NOT a fire on our residential campus lands, the Coastal Science Campus, the West Side Research Park, or the Scotts Valley Center.
August 14, 2020
The Office of the VPAA is seeking applications for a new Workgroup on Advancing Diversity in Faculty Recruitment and Hiring.
August 14, 2020
Recognizing the vital role cross-trained scientists will play in furthering biomedical science, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund developed the Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. These grants are intended to foster the early career development of researchers who are dedicated to pursuing a career in academic research. The specific target group are researchers who have transitioned from graduate work in the physical/ mathematical/ computational sciences or engineering into postdoctoral work in the biological sciences.
August 13, 2020
The Office of Research is pleased to announce the National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program competition. The IGE program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold,...
August 12, 2020
Drs. Ivett Pina, Phil Crews and Ted Holman would like to invite you to: ACCESS Summer Research Institute Symposium Friday, August 14th starting at 10:00 AM. Zoom Link: https://ucsc.zoom.us/j/97019028743 Link...
August 5, 2020
The Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics is a career development award to enable junior faculty members to carry out innovative bioethics research. It supports research that goes beyond current work in bioethics to help resolve pressing ethical issues in clinical, biomedical, and public health decision-making, policy, and practice, and creates a community that enhances future bioethics research by Scholars and Alumnae.
August 3, 2020
Open Call -The Ideas Challenge is aimed at exploring novel theoretical, philosophical, or scientific ideas useful for advancing the study of goal-directed, goal-seeking, or goal-suited phenomena in nature. Templeton is inviting bold thinking that asks how such exploration might open new avenues for inquiry.
July 24, 2020
I’m writing to share information about one of DoD’s most prestigious single-investigator awards, the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF), and to encourage HBCU/MI researchers with DoD-relevant interests to consider applying....
July 24, 2020
As you may be aware, in January 2020, UC Santa Cruz implemented UCPath, a new system for managing and processing payroll, benefits, and human resources. The implementation of this system has created significant additional workload for the Research Accounting (RA) and Academic HR (AHR) teams in all five of the academic divisions on campus.
July 24, 2020
Health Effects Institute has extended the deadline for funding o
July 24, 2020
The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is pleased to share the open call for funding from Burroughs Wellcome Fund for its program Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease.
July 22, 2020
The Simons Foundation invites applications for the following three funding opportunities. For details click on the links below. Program: MPS - Targeted Grants to Institutes Funding Level: $200,000, Deadline: September 25,...
July 20, 2020
I am pleased to announce the call for nominations for the Physical and Biological Sciences 2019-20 Outstanding Faculty Award. Established in 1993, the award recognizes senate faculty (including teaching professors) who have provided outstanding contributions in at least two of the following areas: teaching, research, and service.
July 15, 2020
Toolkit, our division’s intranet for administrative resources, has a new URL: toolkit.science.ucsc.edu. Many of you may have bookmarked the old Toolkit URL (dev-pbsci-intranet.pantheonsite.io), which now prompts a username and password. This old site and URL will no longer be used.
July 7, 2020
I want to thank all of you who participated in the first UC Santa Cruz Science Staff Town Hall on July 1. It was great to see so many familiar...
June 26, 2020
I hope you will join me for our first divisional staff town hall on Wednesday, July 1 from 9-10 a.m. via Zoom. We have prepared a short presentation addressing some of the most pressing questions we received in the staff survey that went out in winter. After the presentation, there will be ample time for you to ask additional questions.
June 22, 2020
As we enter our third week of slowly reopening our research spaces, we want to remind you of the importance of following campus rules and policies in place at this time. Less than two weeks into this initial phase of reopening, EH&S has already fielded more than a dozen complaints of individuals or labs not following proper protocol.
June 8, 2020
Dear faculty, staff, and graduate students of the division, The last two weeks have been hard for our community and the nation. The anti-black violence that claimed the lives of...
April 24, 2020
Dear Friends of UC Santa Cruz Science, Late winter rains kept the Central Coast of California out of drought and unleashed our flora (watch the UCSC Minute). Spring is definitely...
March 31, 2020
The last month has been a whirlwind on campus and in our community. The COVID-19 pandemic, and our regional and state government’s aggressive response to counter its spread, has dramatically changed our daily lives.
March 2, 2020
The last few months, since the onset of the wildcat strike by graduate students, have been trying for the campus community. I have talked about the strike and its impacts in many meetings and one-on-one conversations. At this moment, I feel that it’s time to share my thoughts and perspective with our division’s faculty, staff, and students.
February 11, 2020
The dollar amount on each award will depend on the quality and the number of nomination packets we receive. We have $10,000 to award this year. Those seniors graduating with honors would be likely candidates.
February 11, 2020
We are now soliciting nominations for an award of $1000 to be given at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year (Fall Quarter). Criteria are simple: the scholarship is awarded to an outstanding continuing undergraduate or graduate student in the physical sciences.