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Learning & Development: Foreign influence, measuring outcomes, training webinars

Check out the continuing learning opportunities provided through ANR Learning & Development. ANR Webinars are recorded and archived here.

Foreign Influence: What is foreign influence and how can I comply?
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 9:30 a.m-10:30 a.m.
The university has observed heightened awareness and increased activity related to the issue of foreign influence in academia. Join Kathleen Nolan, ANR Office of Contracts and Grants to learn about new requirements and guidance to better understand the evolving compliance landscape.

Zoom access: |1 669 900 6833 | Webinar ID: 502 451 113

Educating California's Urban Farmers - Spotlight Webinar
Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-11:30 am
Join UCCE advisors Cheryl Wilen and Rachel Surls, who will be sharing impacts of their workshop series - Educating California Urban Farmers.

Zoom access: | 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Practical Methods to Measuring Outcomes
Dec. 10, Kearney REC, Parlier
Workshop Desired Outcomes: Participants will gain. . .

  • understanding of and experience in defining outcomes and identifying measurable indicators for your programs
  • understanding of evaluation data collection approaches and methods used by UCCE
  • progress on your outcomes evaluation plans/efforts
Led by: Katherine Webb-Martinez, Associate Director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation Office; Vikram Koundinya, Evaluation CE Specialist; and UCCE Advisor co-presenters TBA. Please register and request travel funds online.

Writing Strong Impact Statements
Dec. 11, Kearney REC, Parlier
Workshop Desired Outcomes: Participants will gain understanding and practice. . . 

  • organizing your program activities into themes for the merit and promotion process
  • using basic logic model techniques to connect program outcomes to UC ANR condition changes and public value
  • identifying condition change indicators to strengthen impact writing
  • writing impact statements for your programs -- for your merit and promotion efforts, for UC Delivers, and other communications
Led by Katherine Webb-MartinezAssociate Director of UC ANR Program Planning and Evaluation Office, and Mark Lagrimini, Vice Provost of Research and Extension. Please register and request travel funds online.

Communicating Your Story: Facebook
Wednesday Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Facebook has become an important part of communicating our stories. Wonder if the platform is right for you? In this fast-paced webinar, join Rose Hayden Smith, CE advisor to cover the basics of communicating your story through Facebook, including

  • Why you might want to use Facebook;
  • Techniques and best practices to get started…or get better;
  • Using images and video to enhance your posts;
  • Quick tips for effectively and efficiently using the site.
  • Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their Facebook efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more.

Zoom access: | 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Social Cafe' - Setting 2020 Social Media Goals
Thursday, Dec. 12| 11:30 a.m.-noon
Join Rose Hayden Smith, CE advisor, for the December
Social Cafe. It is an informal, monthly "drop in" session that explores various social media topics. This Social Cafe will focus on setting 2020 social media goals.

Zoom access: | 1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 | Webinar ID: 751 701 428

Experiential Learning and Reflective Practice (webinar 1)
Dec. 16 | 10:00 am (webinar 2 -Jan 30, 2020; webinar 3- February 20, 2020)
Join CA 4-H for this webinar. Experiential learning is more than "learning by doing." This webinar will introduce participants to the three essential components of experiential learning (EL), as well as strategies to use reflective practice to enhance the EL Practice.

Zoom access:                                                

New! Complementary strategies to address CA water challenges
The Water Program Team is bringing you second Tuesday (except for Dec. 10) webinars through June 2020. The first of this series was Tuesday, Nov. 12 – The Role of the Scientist in Decision Making. Stay tuned for updates and remember - when it comes to California water challenges, there is no silver bullet – but a variety of solutions!

2020 Grant Essentials Summit
Monday, March 2–Tuesday ,March 3, 2020
UC ANR Valley Conference Center in Davis, CA.
Learn best practices, extend your network, and establish new partnerships towards successfully securing grant funding.

  • Have you identified areas for professional growth related to ‘grant-winning' that you'd like to strengthen?
  • Are you looking to gain a better understanding of the proposal preparation and funding agency grant review process?
  • Interested in exploring opportunities and challenges unique to obtaining funding through collective knowledge-sharing and engagement?

Staff and academic participation is welcomed. This summit is hosted by UC ANR Academic ResourcesLearning and Development, and the Office of Contracts and Grants. For more information, contact Vanity Campbell at

Applications Open: Management Skills Assessment Program
Next program: April 20-23, 2020; then another program: October 12-15, 2020

Apply now (select UC ANR as your location) for the UC-wide Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) if you are -

  • an early career supervisor (1-5 years managing people) committed to assessing your management skills
  • willing to create a professional development plan to address your skill development areas
  • prepared to follow your plan and continue to develop your people management skills

ANR Learning & Development pays your registration fee ($1,350) and travel to and from the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. Any questions? Contact Jodi at

ANR People Manager Networking Cohort
Starting in January 2020

Do you want to increase:

  1. Employee retention,
  2. Team building & collaboration,
  3. Productivity and work quality,
  4. Professional communication skills, 
  5. Morale, and
  6. A healthy work culture?

Enroll now to participate in ANR facilitated discussions for supervisor development and upskilling. Learn challenges and successes from your peers and from the UC People Management Series Certificate on effective people manager practices.

Networking testimonials:

Russell Hill, Associate 4-H Youth Development Advisor, UCCE Merced, Madera and Mariposa counties: “The information provided could not have been more timely! Each call and each module have improved my skills to support the staff I supervise.”

Marisa Neelon, M.S., R.D., Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor, UCCE Contra Costa: “Through the online modules and discussions, I have learned about new methods to engage employees in their own performance and career development. Recently, I used one of these methods to address an employee performance issue, which resulted in the employee identifying the issue and coming up with solutions to improve their performance. I would recommend the series to anyone that manages people-whether they are new to supervising or not.”

Javier Miramontes, Nutrition Program Manager, UCCE FresnoL “The modules prompted me to send a detailed email to my staff giving them specific goals and at the end I connected how their work benefits department goals, UC's mission, etc. This came about through my reviewing of the module Setting Expectations and Individual Performance Goals.”

For more information, email


Are You Looking for a Career Change?
Hoping to find a job that aligns your passion and skills? Navigating career transition can be a daunting task filled with complex questions and uncertainty. Listen to the Nov. 20 UC Alumni Career Network webinar Navigation Career Transition. Check out the latest career planning resources and tools on the L&D Career Planning page.

Disability Management for Supervisors (3-hour, in-person; UC Davis; Registration required; 4/16/2020)
This course addresses what supervisors need to know regarding the requirements to accommodate employees with disabilities under federal and state law as well as university policy. If classes are filled, sign up for the wait-list. Register here.

Career Catalyst Lunchtime Series (UC Davis, Zoom options!)

My UC Career (UC Career Development Portal) (Demo)
Wellness workshops and other resources (in-person and Zoom options) at UC Davis.


Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 5:05 PM

Researchers must comply with policy on foreign Influence

UC ANR values international collaborations and educational opportunities with foreign institutions, through collaborative research, and scholarly exchanges that are an essential part of the academic community. At the same time, the University of California must be careful to comply with U.S. laws and regulations that govern how international engagements are managed and reported.

The current regulatory landscape includes growing concerns by the U.S. government regarding inappropriate influence by foreign entities over federally funded research. In August 2018, Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), issued a “Foreign Influence Letter to Grantees (PDF)” that reminded the research community of the need to “disclose all forms of other support and financial interests, including support coming from foreign governments or other foreign entities… in accordance with the NIH Grants Policy Statement, [on] all applications and progress reports.” As Dr. Collins' statement makes clear, transparency in this area is essential. UC ANR and external funding agencies need to know about the relationships that UC ANR and individual members of the research community have established with foreign organizations.

The following is a summary of key disclosure obligations that often come into play when working with international partners. The UC Office of the President Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services has compiled information about this topic on a website, including links to UC and sponsor policies and communications from various agencies concerning foreign influence and disclosure requirements.  All investigators with sponsored projects should check the sponsor's current disclosure requirements carefully, and if in doubt, contact the Office of Contracts & Grants at for disclosure assistance or further guidance. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Notice on July 10, 2019, reminding research institutions that NIH-funded researchers must “report foreign activities through documentation of other support, foreign components, and financial conflict of interest to prevent scientific, budgetary, or commitment overlap” (NOT-OD-19-114). Other Support includes “all resources made available to a researcher in support of and/or related to all of their research endeavors, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value and regardless of whether they are based at the institution the researcher identifies for the current grant.” An FAQ can be found here.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) issued a Dear Colleague Letter: Research Protection from Director France Cordova on July 11, 2019 clarifying multiple steps NSF is taking to mitigate risks from “activities threatening our research community, such as certain foreign-government-sponsored talent recruitment programs.”  NSF has proposed clarification of the proposal disclosure requirements and reporting requirements for both current and pending support and professional appointments. Those clarifications are included in the draft Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (NSF 20-1).  Effective January 2020, NSF proposes to use an electronic format for submission of biographical sketches, including disclosure of all appointments, and disclosure of current and pending support information.

The Department of Energy issued a directive dated June 7, 2019, mandating that “federal and contractor personnel fully disclose and, as necessary, terminate affiliations with foreign government-supported talent recruitment programs” on new DOE contracts and subcontracts. DOE is expected to issue a separate policy directive to implement the requirement on DOE grants and cooperative agreements.

NASA has long-standing restrictions regarding use of NASA funds to enter into agreements “to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company, at the prime recipient level or at any subrecipient level, whether the bilateral involvement is funded or performed under a no-exchange of funds arrangement” (grant restrictionscontract restrictions).

If you are an investigator on a federally funded project, you should take the following actions:

  1. Review and update Other Support and Current and Pending Support information in proposals
  2. Review and update Biosketches
  3. Ensure appropriate disclosure of foreign components for NIH-supported projects
  4. Report all reimbursed or sponsored travel related to U.S. Public Health Service-supported projects
  5. Review Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosure and update as necessary
  6. Reach out to UCANR's Export Control Officer for guidance related to export control regulations
  7. Contact the Office of Contracts & Grants when entering into a material transfer agreement or nondisclosure agreement when sharing or exchanging materials or information

In addition to Sponsored Projects, only designated University personnel are authorized to accept gifts from any source. For this reason, you must disclose to the UC ANR's Development Office all gifts solicited from any domestic or foreign individual or organization.

Because some federal agencies have begun to investigate cases where foreign support has not been properly disclosed, the UCOP Office of Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services (ECAS), has developed systemwide guidance for reporting and follow-up related to this issue. These “Escalation Protocols” are summarized here:

  • If you receive communication from a federal agency regarding federally funded research grants, contracts or awards in which the federal agency expresses concern about a foreign entity's involvement in the research; or 
  • If you have knowledge of any violation of any federal agency policy or federal law regarding federally funded research grants, contracts or awards related to a foreign entity's involvement in the research; 
  • The university employee who receives the communication or has knowledge noted above must immediately (within 24 hours) notify ANR Controller Jake McGuire, who will initiate the next steps to investigate and respond to this matter.

It is critical that every member of the UC ANR community make every effort to understand the policies that govern their work and be certain that all necessary steps are taken to comply. To support increased awareness and understanding of these issues, the Office of Contracts and Grants is hosting a webinar at 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4, on “Foreign Influence: What is Foreign Influence and how can I comply?” We encourage you to join this webinar on Zoom at and/or call in at (669) 900-6833, Webinar ID: 502 451 113. The requirements related to foreign influence are complex, so please reach out to Brian Oatman in Risk & Safety Services and/or Kathleen Nolan in the Office of Contracts and Grants if you need further guidance and/or clarification. 

Your help and cooperation will support our mission to connect the power of UC research in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition and youth development with local communities to improve the lives of all Californians.


Wendy Powers                                                   
Associate Vice President

Jake McGuire
Controller and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer


Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 8:28 AM

AVP Powers announces 51 proposals invited for competitive and high-reward grants

AVP Wendy Powers announced the letters of intent (LOIs) for which principal investigators have been invited to submit full proposals to ANR's Competitive Grants Program and High-Risk/High-Reward Grants Program. The list of 51 approved projects can be found at

This year ANR received a total of 108 letters of intent — 97 for the Competitive Grants Program and 11 for the High-Risk/High-Reward Grants Program. Strategic Initiative leaders and their respective panels reviewed all letters of intent thoroughly to address the appropriateness of the proposals in addressing the goals and criteria outlined by each funding opportunity.

ANR Competitive Grants Program

The purpose of the ANR competitive grants program is to address high-priority issue areas identified by at least one of the strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water).

ANR Competitive Grants Program 2017 Cycle:

  • Full proposals due June 19
  • Technical peer review: mid-June – early September 2017
  • Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: end of September 2017
  • Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2017
  • Announcement of funded grants: November/December 2017

High-Risk/High-Reward Grants Program

Given the complexity of societal problems, high-risk research is necessary to achieve gains for real progress in addressing present and emerging challenges. This program will provide funds to initiate and complete research and proof-of-concept efforts that serve as the basis for larger funding opportunities. These projects must be of a high-risk/high-reward nature that are best conducted in a controlled, research setting and, if successful, lend themselves to subsequent larger funding opportunities and/or intellectual property development.

Proposed projects must be within the scope of the ANR Strategic Vision. All ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted using the same timeline as outlined for the traditional competitive grants program, but reviewed separately due to the nature of the proposal.

For questions about ANR's competitive grants program or high-risk/high-reward grants program, please contact Melanie Caruso at

Nutrition Policy Institute launches Research to Action news brief

The Nutrition Policy Institute has launched a news brief called Research to Action. The publication will provide information on research, policy, news, announcements, events, articles and action items focused on nutrition and healthy communities. 

The first issue looks at the work of the National Drinking Water Alliance (NDWA). NPI is the “hub” for NDWA, which engages in and coordinates evidence-based efforts going on all over the country to improve tap water safety and access, especially for children, and to provide drinking water education and promotion. The NDWA website is a “go-to” resource for information on drinking water. 
Future editions of Research to Action will be sent several times per year. Please sign up for the Research to Action mailing list, and please share Research to Action with colleagues who would be interested in receiving it.

4-H calls alumni and friends to join its new network

If 4-H has touched your life, raise your hand. Visit to voice your support for the California 4-H youth development program, help it win a national competition and connect with a network of 4-H alumni and friends.

You are considered alumni if you were in a 4-H Club, took part in a 4-H after-school program, served as a volunteer leader or taught a project. Friends of 4-H are also invited to raise their hands.

“Having experienced our programs first-hand, our alumni know about the positive impact of 4-H,” said Glenda Humiston, vice president of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and a 4-H alumna.

As part of the new 4-H network being built in the 4-H Raise Your Hand campaign, members will get news about 4-H programs in California and stay in touch with a program that made a difference in their lives.

“I've raised my hand,” said Humiston, who credits 4-H with helping her become the first in her family to attend college. She later served in the Peace Corps, received a federal appointment from President Obama and now leads the statewide research and outreach arm of UC.

The National 4-H program, which currently empowers nearly 6 million youth across the country, aims to extend its reach to 10 million by 2025. It has launched a competition among states to see which ones can add the most alumni and friends to the network by June 30, 2017. A map showing the current front runners is on the registration page.

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM
  • Author: Jeannette Warnert
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