The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara announces the formation of the Gevirtz Research Institute (GRI). The GRI’s mission is to support and enhance faculty, researcher, and student research development, proposal preparation, award administration, and dissemination efforts; to promote awareness and observance of high standards for scientific, professional, and ethical practice in research; and to advance the visibility of research programs in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. The Gevirtz Research Institute administers over $4 million dollars in grants each year from many different agencies, including: the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Mental Health, U.S. Department of Education, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walter S. Johnson, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the American Institute for Research, and the County of Santa Barbara.
“At least two major issues have led us to develop the Institute,” says Dean Jane Close Conoley, the Acting Director of the new Gevirtz Research Institute. “One is the recognition that the big research questions related to education and mental health require coordinated efforts among faculty and community stakeholders to investigate. The other is that as California withdraws support from its universities, we must be even better equipped to attract funding from other sources to support our research, students, and programs. Further, the Institute will serve as a hub for our growing collaborations across the UCSB campus and throughout the UC system and other national and international research universities.”
The Gevirtz Research Institute provides support to researchers’ pre- and post-award funded projects and serves as the organizing unit for the Gevirtz Schools’ research centers. Institute staff provides support in finding funding sources, developing proposals and budgets, and managing proposal submission and post-award finances and reporting. Staff arrange for meetings among researchers within the Gevirtz School and across campus and across the community to pursue collaborative proposal preparation. Also, Institute staff assists in securing approval from the Human Subjects Committee for human subject protocols.
Additionally, the Institute mentors new faculty in gaining support for their work by organizing proposal writing meetings and offering a program called CORE (Conversations on Research in Education) which allows faculty to present their work for feedback and organizes speakers to share information related to seeking, gaining, and managing research funding.
The Gevirtz Research Institute is staffed by Jane Close Conoley as interim director, Patricia Marin faculty liaison, and Heather Philips, who coordinates administrative support and oversees post-award activities. Kelly Hayton provides support for preparation of proposals and Human Subjects protocols. And, Jane Ready provides support for research development activities.
The Institute is located on the second floor, south wing of the Education Building and provides research space, meeting rooms, and technology support for funded faculty and faculty seeking funding.
[Jane Close Conoley is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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