Faculty of California United in Scholarship–FOCUS

FOCUS is a University of California, Office of President Advancing Faculty Diversity Climate and Retention grant award to UC Davis, in partnership with UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, and UC San Diego. This grant seeks to equip professors overburdened with the "invisible labor" of service with visible research through engagement with writing experts for STEM and non-STEM faculty alike.

This exceptional opportunity provides selected faculty with individualized assistance from a professional writing coach or research development specialist who will review a draft of a chapter/article or a grant proposal in advance and provide expert feedback. The workshops include informative presentations, one-on-one coaching, and dedicated writing time in community.

Manuscript & Grant Proposal Writing Workshops

November 18-19, 2023
Saturday and Sunday
UC Irvine (in person only)

This special two-day program will have two opportunities:


Up to 8 selected applicants will join Elena K. Abbott, PhD, for manuscript writing workshops, a one-on-one coaching session, and dedicated writing time in community. This workshop setting is designed to help researchers develop a single chapter of a book project-in-progress. To best take advantage of the guidance Dr. Abbott will provide, we ask that applicants submit a draft of a chapter to her by November 3.


Up to 8 selected applicants will join Madeleine Kahn, PhD, for grant writing workshops, a one-on-one coaching session, and dedicated writing time in community. This workshop setting is designed to help researchers develop a grant proposal for a large-scale funding opportunity. To best take advantage of the guidance Dr. Kahn will provide, we ask that applicants have a proposal in draft form and to share with her by November 3.

Hotel and transportation will be paid for attendees coming from outside Orange County.

A note on eligibility: the workshops are for tenure-track or equivalent (e.g., Academic Federation, LPSOE) University of California faculty from Davis, Berkeley, Irvine, Riverside, and San Diego only. If you have any questions about eligibility, please write to Thomas O'Donnell

APPLICATIONS DUE: October 2 at 5:00pm. Notifications of acceptance will go out approximately 7-10 days after due date.

ABOUT FOCUS: Faculty of California United in Scholarship advances two central goals of the UC mission: producing knowledge and advancing diversity by supporting the academic career success of UC faculty from several campuses and many disciplines whose research, service, and/or teaching focus on historically marginalized groups. FOCUS offers two-day research grant development and publication workshops, two per year over the course of three years. Providing expert research support to complete publications and submit grants is a proven way to help faculty flourish at an R1 university. In addition, this targeted intervention creates the opportunity for invited faculty to develop professional relationships around a shared commitment to producing “R1 scholarship” and advancing the UC’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. The research and publication success and satisfaction of such dedicated faculty must become a central concern of the university for retention reasons and to build a reliable pipeline for all professors to reach full.

Elena Abbott

Elena Abbott is a writing consultant and developmental editor who specializes in helping authors bring their ideas to life in a way that will resonate with readers and create impact. Her approach blends mindful productivity practices with structural and narrative writing techniques to help authors get the most out of their writing practice, make measurable progress on their projects, and create the best books they can. 

Madeleine Kahn

Madeleine Kahn collaborates with individuals and institutions to develop strategic plans, accreditation narratives, and effective grant proposals. Together we will situate your work within a context that clearly shows its value, and we'll use every required piece of your proposal to tell your powerful story. I hope to meet each of you via Zoom before our weekend workshop to jump-start our collaboration. During the workshop I will help you develop relationships and tools that will nourish an ongoing writing community for you.