Research Enhancement Office Team


The mission of the Research Enhancement Office is to facilitate the attraction of extramural research funding, create research relationships, and develop and implement strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. Programs and services in this office include UCLA Grand Challenges, the Limited Submission Internal Selection Process, the Research Enhancement Seriesfunding opportunity newsletters and resources, and other activities designed to facilitate collaboration across the academy.


Cynthia Gonzalez-Saylor – Funding Opportunities Officer
Adela Hernandez – Content Management Specialist
Melissa Malone – Events Manager
Michelle Popowitz – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Co-Founder/Executive Director of UCLA Grand Challenges
Kathleen Sprunger – Strategic Research Initiatives Manager


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