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Office of Research Services

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Mission:The Office of Research Services (ORS) augments faculty-led research at University of Colorado Denver with a particular focus on facilitating grant seeking-activity and fostering cross-campus and cross-discipline collaboration. A key focus is expanding CU Denver's ability to develop and obtain funding for multi- and interdisciplinary research initiatives. The ORS office also works other campus entities to support and seek funding for 1) increased involvement of undergraduate students in research on both campuses and 2) grant-funded programs aimed at increasing research opportunities for students who are members of underrepresented groups. The Office of Research Development and Education (ORDE), is housed within the ORS and provides a range of services to support faculty research and grant activity.

The ORS provides 4 primary types of service:

  1. Interdisciplinary/Large Scale Proposal Development: A key goal of our office is to facilitate grant and contract submissions to support collaborative projects among researchers from different disciplines, programs, and academic units. To support these projects, we will:

    • Consult at all stages in the proposal development process (e.g. brainstorming project strategies, resource analyses, proposal critique)
    • Facilitate new collaborations and research groups
    • Explore funding opportunities and assist in identifying funding matches for interdisciplinary projects
    • Link faculty to funding agencies and administrative support offices
    • Review proposal drafts and support in proposal revisions
    • Coordinate proposal-related activities (e.g.communication, networking, marketing and packaging)
    • Support pre-award activities including facilitating campus and OGC approvals
    • Collaborate in and assist with the development and submission of multi-institution proposals
    • Providing current boilerplate components for grant
  2. Collaborative Research Program Development: Substantial effort, creativity, and communication can be required to forge new partnerships around programs of research and creative work to maximize their potential to garner external funding, and to establish the necessary structure, focus, and agreements to sustain new programmatic partnerships among units and faculty. To assist in this we will function to:

    • Identify appropriate collaborators and partners at UC Denver and beyond
    • Offer guidance for building connections and developing teams
    • Offer special research events to encourage new research initiatives
    • Assist with obtaining internal and/or matching funds for new joint initiatives
    • Facilitate cross-college review and approval of new programs seeking external funding
    • Coordinate and facilitate meetings to discuss new initiatives or opportunities for research programming at the campus level
    • Assist with the development of strategic program and funding plans
  3. Training and Education: A variety of services and seminars are offered through ORDE to support faculty development in the areas of research, sponsored programs compliance, and grantsmanship. Both independently and in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development, ORDE offers training and faculty support in many ways including:

    • Mock Grant Review Panels
    • Internal or external faculty-to-faculty mentoring focused on programmatic research development and obtaining funding
    • Seminars and Workshops on:
      • Proposal Development Basics
      • Finding Funding
      • Budget Development and Justification
      • Writing Compelling Specific Aims
      • Funding Opportunities in the Arts and Humanities
      • Developing Effective Collaborations
      • Managing a Research Team
      • Topics in Research Ethics and Conduct
  4. Personalized Fund-Seeking: ORDE offer several types of personalized services to support faculty, regardless of career stage, in obtaining and sustaining external funding for their research and creative work.

    • One-on-one orientation sessions about funding at and beyond UC Denver for new faculty
    • Personalized fund searches to identify and provide in-depth information about possible funders
    • Regular targeted notifications about funding opportunities that match individual faculty interests
    • Troubleshooting and liaison work regarding policies and procedures related to research, proposal submission, and grants
    • Help faculty in finding potential collaborators using our faculty interest database
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