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Sharon Franks

Senior Director, Research Development

Large-scale proposal development; Competitive intelligence; Early-career investigator research-funding strategy; Large-center strategic planning

Sharon has served UC San Diego since 1993, as the founding director of Research Development since 2008. She has contributed to the success of numerous multi-investigator research initiatives, and to extramural awards totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Sharon provides guidance and in-depth support for the development of research proposals to public and private sponsors, across all fields. In addition to major proposal development, Sharon’s foci include professional development for early-career investigators and assistance to those at all levels in identifying and pursuing relevant funding opportunities. Sharon holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College.