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Office of Research Services

Bob's Hopefully Helpful Hints

Important Tip: The most important tip I can give you is that the ORS operation at CU Denver has many resources, both human and financial, to help you in developing your career. Use us! Contact us to arrange a meeting that will help you understand how we can help you.

ORS Internal Grants:
  • Small Grants Updates: Small grants can be submitted at any time and are evaluated every two months (end of May, July, September, November, January, and March).
  • Large Grants Updates: Large grants are evaluated twice yearly with submission dates of June 30 and December 31.

Evaluation Information
: Proposals are evaluated by a standing committee that consists of ORS personnel as well as some outsiders, all of whom have broad experience in evaluating proposals, but whose backgrounds vary widely. It is critical, given such broad backgrounds, that you address your proposal to the standing committee in terms they can understand. We will not fund proposals that are not generally understandable to a lay audience. A few tips follow:
  1. We expect that requests for funding address questions about creative processes, whether they are in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, or engineering. The evaluation committee wants and needs to understand the nature of the questions you are exploring and seeking to answer in the works you are planning to complete. The statement about research universities at the beginning of the ORS Funding Announcement places this in context.
  2. Requests for travel to conferences, hosting conferences and events, etc. without clearly addressing point (1) above will not be funded, not simply because ORS funding is limited, but because the connection between your career advancement and development and what defines the research office mission is a necessary connection that has to be made for funding. Funding for conferences that are not held in Denver will like not be granted.
  3. We urge you to seek matching funding from your department, college, school, etc. Our funds are limited. For the good of the order, it is essentials that others besides ORS contribute to the research and creative activities agenda of CU Denver.
  4. It is extremely important for you to be actively engaged in seeking other funding sources for your work. We recognize the difficulty of obtaining funding in certain areas of scholarly/creative endeavor, yet more opportunities may exist than you realize. ORDE is particularly adept at helping you find potential funding sources.
  5. A word on budgets: it is essential when requesting support for students, whether undergraduates, graduates, postdocs, or RAs, that you justify what they are going to be doing AND that you describe your relationship with them as PI. There has been a tendency to just ask for such support without justification and the standing committee increasingly has been questioning these requests and the relationships.

Other Funding: The ORS Office will work with you in evaluating and advising concerning needs you may have for matching funds, equipment, and various infrastructural concerns. Contact Bob Damrauer to discuss.

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