Strategic Initiatives and Research Funding

The Strategic Initiatives and Research Funding (SIRF) team focuses on the pre-pre-award stage of research development, often prior to funding opportunity announcement.  Our goal is to mobilize and facilitate collaboration across disciplines by creating structures and programming, and providing capacity-building services which align with critical mass areas of interest and innovation as well as sharing new opportunities.  We work to be responsive to the needs of the campus research community, using feedback and intelligence to inform the programs we launch.


Contact Information

General Inquiries


Ana Lucia Cordova, Ph.D.
(530) 760-9179

Whitney Cheung, Ph.D.
Chief of Staff for Associate Vice Chancellor Davis, Research Development Services
(530) 574-9530

Meg Sparling, Ph.D.
Research Funding Manager and Limited Submissions Officer

Albert Liu, Ph.D.
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator