Research Development

Research Development

All Arts Division faculty who would like assistance with research project development, proposal writing, and searching for funding opportunities are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this rich set of resources and services.

Research Development workshops are offered jointly with the Office of Research Development and The Humanities Institute throughout the year.

Research Development office hours: UCSC administrative funding structures can be challenging to navigate. To simplify the process for faculty in the Arts and Humanities, we have organized weekly Research Development Office hours (Mondays 10:30-11:30) with:

Hannah Jasper, Research Development Analyst, ARI

Heather Bell, Director, Office of Research Development

Irena Polic, Managing Director, The Humanities Institute 

Caroline Rodriguez, Associate Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations 

Holly Unruh, Executive Director, Arts Research Institute

Please fill out this form and sign up for a Google calendar time slot here.

Questions? Please email Hannah Jasper @ 

We look forward to meeting with you!  

Research Development services include:

  • determining the best fit between your research idea and existing funding opportunities
  • interpreting agency guidelines
  • providing advice on contacting program officers
  • reviewing your proposal and providing suggestions for editing and revisions
  • providing sample text for standard proposal sections (e.g., resources and facilities, budget justification)
  • sharing successful sample proposals (when available)
  • serving as liaison with the Foundation Relations office for foundation grant opportunities
  • identifying potential collaborators from UCSC and other institutions
  • forming and facilitating multi-investigator research teams and meetings
  • coordinating proposal writing among multiple investigators, departments, and institutions
  • facilitating administrative navigation through University compliance under the Office of Sponsored Projects.

Targeted ARI staff support:

Hannah Jasper, Arts Research Development Analyst, provides individual and group consultations on all aspects of project development, funding searches, and proposal writing. Hannah Jasper can be reached at

Arts Division Fellowship Salary Supplement Policy for Faculty 

Fellowships rarely cover a faculty member’s full salary, so the division has a policy that combines the fellowship with a contribution of sabbatical credits and a divisional “top-up” contribution to enable the faculty member to have a full-time research leave during the period of the fellowship.

For details, download this pdf: full policy guidelines.


Arts Division Support for Editors of Scholarly Journals rev. 12/21

  •  ARI will provide support in the form of one course release annually for faculty editors of prominent journals if the editorship meets the following criteria:
  • The journal does not have any other funding (extramural, etc.) available to cover a faculty course release;
  • ·The journal is judged to be of significant prestige / importance to the field, e.g. is the flagship journal of a disciplinary association, has broad dissemination (including open-access), focuses on fields that have been underrepresented in academia, aligns with UCSC / Arts Division scholarship (with the potential for including graduate students), and other similar criteria;
  • ·The work of the editorship is equivalent to teaching a course as judged by the volume of submissions, the nature of the peer review and revision process, and similar considerations.