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Faculty Outreach Grants

UCSB’s Faculty Outreach Grants (FOG) Program supports faculty led initiatives designed to improve the quality of academic preparation and educational strategies for participating students, to significantly impact the achievement of students in low-performing schools and reduce the educational achievement gap. Grants for projects in our region are made annually and funding is provided by the Office of the Chancellor.

Spotlight on FOG

FOG Program Award Supports STEM Outreach at Elementary Schools

In the last year, the Pennathur laboratory used funding from UCSB’s Faculty Outreach Grants (FOG) Program to develop a suite of educational activities focused on important STEM concepts such as the scientific method, basic chemical separations, laboratory safety, and cutting edge nanotechnology. The outreach activities included hands-on experiments within the classroom, follow-up assignments, and tours to UCSB labs.

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FOG Activities/Criteria

  • Programs must aim to directly serve UCSB’s partner high schools and their “feeder” elementary and middle schools within Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
  • Faculty and staff account for and partner with existing academic preparation programs with an emphasis on contributing to long-term sustainability of these programs.
  • Outreach strategies must focus on low income, first generation, and underrepresented students in underperforming elementary, middle, and/or high schools. Projects may also address the needs of this demographic at community colleges.
  • FOG awardees are expected to maximize cooperative relationships that now exist between UCSB faculty and school personnel. A strongly collaborative, partnering orientation is prerequisite to funding.

Download the FOG 2019-2020 Guidelines



Program Contacts

For FOG program questions:

Mario Castellanos
OEP Executive Director

(805) 893-3105

For program evaluation questions:

Lisa Figueroa Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Evaluation Coordinator

(805) 893-4199


To be eligible for a Faculty Outreach Grant, a program must meet the criteria presented above. All UCSB faculty and staff in campus departments and programs are eligible to submit proposals, however, the principal investigator, (PI) must be a member of the Academic Senate at UCSB.

Collaborative proposals involving faculty or staff from existing UCSB OEP Programs as well as California State University, Channel Islands, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, or regional community colleges including Oxnard College, Ventura College, Santa Barbara City College, Allan Hancock College and Moorpark College are welcomed.

For further information, please contact the OEP staff members listed above.

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