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CRF Open Call – Burroughs Wellcome Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Awards & Funding Research
The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.  Please forward the call to interested postdoctoral researchers and fellows in your departments and divisions.   UCSC Contact: cfr@ucsc.edu Funder: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Opportunity: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) (full details of the program can be found here) Application Deadline: January 14, 2021 Funding: $60,000 over 3 years Indirect costs may not be charged against BWF grants.  Overview: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) supports the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

2021 McKnight Scholar Award

Awards & Funding Research
The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the McKnight Foundation.  Please forward the call to interested faculty in your departments and divisions. UCSC Contact: cfr@ucsc.edu Funder: McKnight Foundation Opportunity: 2021 McKnight Scholar Awards Funding: $225,000, over 3 years Overview: The McKnight Scholar Award program gives promising young investigators in the early stages of an independent research career the opportunity to develop their work on critical problems in brain science. The intent of the program is to support the commitment by young scientists to a research career that will have an important influence on the study of the brain.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

Awards & Funding Research
The Office of Research is pleased to announce the launch of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Traineeship Program (NRT) competition. The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Remote/Zoom Meal Expenses not Allowable During COVID-19 Shelter-in-place

Faculty & Staff From the Dean
Dear Faculty and Staff; A notice containing updated guidance regarding meal expenses while shelter-in-place is in effect was sent out to CTE cardholders on October 7th. The guidance is applicable to all members of the division, therefore we are forwarding it out for your reference. Please contact Sarah Barron (srbarron@ucsc.edu) if you have questions: We have seen some charges coming through for remote meals, and thus wanted to remind folks of updated guidance on this topic. The following announcement can be found on the CTE Process Page and Travel Process Page.

Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements XII:1

Awards & Funding Research
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, strategizing, 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 so look for our messages every other week.

Early review of 2021 frosh applicants with Special Talents, Achievement and Awards

Faculty From the Dean
The Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid (CAFA) will be conducting an early review of freshman applicants who have been working with faculty on campus and should be considered for admissions based on special talents or achievements.  Normally, this applies to athletes and artists, but, in the sciences, this also includes students who are likely to demonstrate research potential and are academically strong. In order to expedite the collection of this material for divisional review, we have created a Google Form.  You must be logged into your UCSC Google account to access this form.  Please submit one complete form for each student you wish to nominate.

CFR – Limited Submission – Dreyfus – Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program

Awards & Funding Faculty
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission - Dreyfus - Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program competition. Please circulate this opportunity widely among interested faculty in your...

Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements XI:2

Awards & Funding Research
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...

Workshop – W. M. Keck Found. – Application Process

Awards & Funding Research
Dear Faculty and Researchers, Samantha Forde and David Garcia invite all interested faculty to attend a drop-in workshop to discuss the application process to the WM Keck Foundation, for their...

BIOMED – HVAC SHUTDOWN – 11/19/20

Biomedical Sciences Building Facilities Management
LOCATION(S): BioMed UTILITY TO BE SHUT DOWN: BioMed HVAC systems including Fume hoods. (AHU-2 6am-8am, AHU-1 8am- 10am) SCHEDULED DATE: Thursday, 11/19/2020 SCHEDULED TIME: 06:00 AM - 10:00 AM REASON: Air...

Invitation to Participate in the Deep Read Program

Faculty From the Dean
Hi all, Below is a note from Irena Polić, managing director of the Humanities Institute. As you'll see, the HI is looking for faculty who might want to participate in...

NASEM – Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education Symposium

Divisional Announcements Instruction
The Dean's Office would like to share with you information about a public symposium to be held virtually on November 12, 13, and 19. With sponsorship from the National Science Foundation, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is  exploring ambitions for the future of undergraduate STEM education and identifying steps for achieving them. Information about the symposium and how to register can be found on the NASEM Webpage.

Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements XI:1

Awards & Funding Research
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...

CFR & OR Limited Submission – Brain Research Foundation

Awards & Funding Research
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission - Brain Research Foundation - 2021 Seed Grant Program competition. Click on the link below to view more information....

CFR & OR Limited Submission – Keck Foundation Grants

Awards & Funding Research
We are pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission -Keck Foundation - Spring 2021 competition. Click on the link below to view more information. Thank you! Internal Submission Deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Award Cycle: Spring 2021 Discipline/Subject Area: Medical Research and Science and Engineering Funding Available: $1,000,000 Foundation Name: M. Keck Foundation Foundation Program:  pring 2021 Cycle Description: A joint announcement from the Offices of Research and Corporate and Foundation Relations Keck Foundation - Spring 2021 Cycle

CFR Open Call – Education Research-Practice Partnership Grant

Awards & Funding Faculty
The Office of Corporate and Foundations Relations is pleased to share this open call for funding from the Spencer Foundation.  Funding: $400,00/3 years Deadline: (Internal) November 24, 2020 Overview: The Research-Practice Partnership Grants Program supports education research projects (how people learn via a specific intervention/mechanism) that engage in collaborative and participatory partnerships. We view partnerships as an important approach to knowledge generation and the improvement of education, broadly construed. Over the long term, we anticipate that research conducted by RPPs will result in new insights into the processes, practices, and policies that improve education for learners, educators, schools, universities, families, and communities.

Call for Self-nominations – Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Faculty & Staff From the Dean
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...

Fall 2020 Welcome Message

Faculty & Staff From the Dean
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:

OR Limited Submission – Ethical and Responsible Research

Awards & Funding Research
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.

DEADLINE EXTENSION: OoR Limited Submission – Major Research Instrumentation Project – NSF

Awards & Funding Research
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

CFR & OR Limited Submission – Inventor’s Fellowship – Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

Awards & Funding Research
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. 

CFR Open Calls – Science Communication & Environmental Science – National Geographic

Awards & Funding Research
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

Call for Applications for Global Classroom Development

Divisional Announcements Instruction
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.

CFR Open Call – Marine Microbial Ecology & Evolution – Spencer Foundation

Awards & Funding Research
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.

Research Development: Select Funding Opportunities and Announcements

Awards & Funding Research
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...

Open Call – Spencer Foundation – Small Grants on Education

Awards & Funding Faculty
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

Withdrawn – Johnson and Johnson – WiSTEM2D 2021

Awards & Funding Research
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, caroline@ucsc.edu John MacMillan, OR, jomacmil@ucsc.edu

Call for Proposals for Winter 2020 Online Course Development

Awards & Funding Faculty
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.

Limited Submission – National Artificial Intelligence Research Institute

Awards & Funding Faculty
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!

Open Call – Whitehall Foundation

Awards & Funding Research
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.

Open Call – Honda Marine Science Foundation

Awards & Funding Research
The Office of Research and the Office of Corporate Relations are please to announce the Honda Marine Science Foundation's 2021 Grants Program.

2021 HHMI Gilliam Fellowships

Awards & Funding Faculty
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.

[Correction] Prepare for potential campus evacuation

From the Dean
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.

Call for Applications for Advancing Faculty Diversity Workgroup Members

Faculty From the Dean
The Office of the VPAA is seeking applications for a new Workgroup on Advancing Diversity in Faculty Recruitment and Hiring.

Open Call – Burroughs Wellcome Fund – CASI

Awards & Funding Research
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.

Limited Submission Opportunity – NSF Innovations in Graduate Education

Awards & Funding Faculty
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,...

Reminder – Simons Foundation Call

Awards & Funding Research
The original Open Call was sent via email on July 15, 2020. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Limited Submission - Simons Foundation - Young Investigators 2021 competition. Click on...

ACCESS Summer Research Institute Symposium

Divisional Announcements General
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...

Limited Submission – Greenwall Foundation

Awards & Funding Faculty
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.

Open Call – Templeton Foundation

Awards & Funding Research
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. 

Open Call – Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship

Awards & Funding Faculty
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....

UCPath impacts on the Science Research Accounting and Academic HR units

From the Dean
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.

Open Call – Health Effects Institute – Effects on Air Pollution

Awards & Funding Faculty
Health Effects Institute has extended the deadline for funding o

Open Call – Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease

Awards & Funding Faculty Research
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.

Open Call – Simons Foundation Fellowships in Mathematics and Physics

Awards & Funding Faculty Research
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,...

Outstanding Faculty Award Call for Nominations

Awards & Funding Faculty
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.

New Toolkit URL: toolkit.science.ucsc.edu

Divisional Announcements Staff
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.

Increasing density in research spaces

Divisional Announcements
Dear UCSC Research Community, The safety of our research community remains our top priority as we continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the same time all of us...

Update: Staff Town Hall feedback anonymity

From the Dean
Update: We have listened to your feedback and made the staff town hall feedback survey anonymous. If you haven't already completed the survey, please do. We would like your candid...

Thank you for attending the Staff Town Hall! We need your feedback!

From the Dean
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...

You’re invited: Staff Town Hall – July 1

From the Dean
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.

Importance of Following Safety Protocol when Accessing Labs on Campus

From the Dean
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.

In Memoriam: Maria Kerschen (1955–2020)

From the Dean
With a heavy heart, I write to share the news that Maria Kerschen, who retired as assistant dean of planning and resource management from the Division of Physical and Biological...

Confronting racism and discrimination in the sciences and beyond

From the Dean
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...

The Banana Slug science community continues to rise and respond to the pandemic with leadership

From the Dean
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...

Science instruction & research in the time of COVID-19

From the Dean
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.

Addressing the graduate student strike

From the Dean
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.

Call for the Kenneth & Ann Thimann Scholarship nominations

Awards & Funding
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.

Call for the Elmer A. Fridley Scholarship in the Physical Sciences

Awards & Funding
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.

New feedback form

From the Dean
We are happy to announce that a new feedback form has been added to the site so that you can report any issues you run into. You can submit your...

Navigating your Toolkit

From the Dean
Welcome to Toolkit, the intranet for the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences.
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