Contact Information

sharon franks and paul yu

Inquiries from Investigators on the General Campus and Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Inquiries from Health Sciences Investigators

Administrative Queries and Scheduling Assistance

  • Leticia Egea

  • Administrative Specialist
  • (858) 534–9467

Office of Research Affairs

UCSD Main Campus
Building: 965 University Center
On the corner of Gilman Drive and Russell Lane.

Parking is available in the Gilman Parking Structure.

Sharon E. R. Franks, Ph.D.
Director, Research Proposal Development Service

Dr. Sharon Franks has served UC San Diego since 1993. She works with faculty throughout campus to facilitate the development of large, interdisciplinary research proposals. Sharon provides guidance, coordination, and in-depth support for proposals to federal, state, and private sponsors, including NSF, NIH, DOE, DoD, NASA, USDA, CEC, CIRM, and the Packard, Keck, Moore, and Sloan Foundations, among others. Since the establishment of RPDS in 2009, Sharon has contributed to the development of proposals with budget requests totaling more than $900 million. Among Sharon’s other responsibilities are co-supervision of the campus’ limited-submissions function, design and implementation of professional development activities for early- and mid-career investigators in the area of grantsmanship, and strategic planning for the identification and dissemination of funding opportunities. Prior to launching RPDS, Sharon created and led institutionalization of a proposal development initiative at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to help investigators address NSF’s broader impacts review criterion. Sharon holds a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Oregon State University.


Emily Bass, M.A.
Director, Research Proposal Development Service—Health Sciences

Emily Bass helps develop large, interdisciplinary grant proposals in the biomedical sciences and works with faculty and investigators at all stages to grow their research careers. Her previous roles at UC San Diego include serving as a grant writer, manuscript editor, and project manager for research groups studying hospital policy and quality improvement, radiology, neurological disorders, and Nanoengineering, among other topics. She has also written and edited web content, press releases, and health- and technology-centric news articles for clinical, lay, and student audiences. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2007, Ms. Bass wrote and edited patient-education and complementary/alternative medicine content for a San Diego-based health insurer. In addition to her BA in History and French from the University of Houston Honors College, Ms. Bass holds an MA in Rhetoric and Writing Studies and an Advanced Certificate in Technical & Scientific Writing, both from San Diego State University.


Deborah Karpman, Ed.D.
Strategic Research Opportunities Senior Analyst

Deborah Karpman coordinates the limited-submission process, working with faculty review committees to identify the most competitive candidates for extramural funding and foundation opportunities. She also manages the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP), a campus-wide research funding program that supports students and postdoctoral scholars. From 2012 to 2015, Deborah led efforts at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to increase the external recognition of faculty through awards, grant funding, advisory committee memberships, and society fellows distinctions. Prior to this role, Deborah was an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Deborah earned her BA from Colgate University, and holds an MFA from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an Ed.D. from the University of California Los Angeles. Her doctoral research examined the retention and promotion of women faculty in engineering at public and private research universities.


Janka Bond
Administrative Specialist

Janka Bond provides executive administrative support to the ORA senior management team, and assists with the coordination of the campus limited-submission review process. Her primary responsibilities include preparation and distribution of campus announcements; management of the pre-application intake process; and support for the limited-submission faculty review committees, applicants, and potential applicants. Prior to joining UCSD as an Administrative Assistant in 2010, Janka worked as an Executive Assistant for Skills for Change, a non-profit organization in Toronto, Ontario, providing professional development and employment opportunities to immigrants. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, Culture, and Communication at UCSD.