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Office of Research Services

The CU Denver Office of Research Services (ORS) is the faculty development component of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Work.  ORS provides faculty development resources targeted at enhancing faculty research and creative work (contact Bob Damrauer and/or Michael Jenson).  Housed within ORS is the Office of Research Development and Education (ORDE) whose services focus on supporting faculty success in external funding ( (contact Lynette Michael and/or Naomi Nishi). ORS offers faculty proposal support for sponsored project grant and contract applications (contact Stefan Reiss).


 Research Services at the University of Colorado Denver


 ORS Internal Grant Opportunities

ORS has discretionary funding to encourage and support creative activities on the downtown campus. We are committed to awarding such funds to increase faculty productivity and to enhance CU Denver’s reputation. (See links below)

The proposals are described in the ORS Funding Announcement pdf below.  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 these broad backgrounds, that you address your proposal to that group in understandable terms for a lay audience. We will not fund proposals that are not broadly understood.


 Other Funding Needs

Faculty have other funding needs that may not be met by our grant programs (e.g., matching commitments, infrastructural needs (equipment, etc.)). We will try to help meet such needs when (1) a clear connection between a request and the development of your scholarly/creative activities warrants and (2) if ORS can identify funds to help.  Contact Bob Damrauer to arrange a time to meet.2

 Drop-in Meeting Information and Schedule

These meetings to chat about your work and your ideas about how the Office of Research Services can better serve you are scheduled monthly with Bob Damrauer and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities Michael Jenson in LSC 300 at noon.

Currently scheduled:

Monday, January 25

 Individual Meetings

All of us in ORS are happy to meet with you if an individual meeting rather than a drop-in better suits you, just let any of us know to schedule a time to meet.


 Creative Research Collaborative (CRC)

The Creative Research Collaborative (CRC) is a campus wide initiative to foster innovative and interdisciplinary research activities to strengthen collaboration across academic units on the downtown campus.  It provides support for various forums to discuss, deliberate, and investigate avenues that cultivate a broader understanding and appreciation of how new forms of research and community outreach within the creative arts can emerge to support the university’s mission of becoming “a leading public research university with a global reputation for excellence in learning, research and creativity, community engagement, and clinical care”.  Central to this goal is the exploration of questions involving what constitutes “research” within the arts, humanities, and social sciences, and how existing conventions can be transformed to better enrich the campus academic environment.  These types of activities will provide the foundation for a strong interdisciplinary research on campus while simultaneously creating beneficial partnerships that positively engage our local, national, and global communities.

If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about the Creative Research Collaborative (CRC), please contact Michael Jenson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activities at michael.jenson@ucdenver.edu5

 Recent ORS Awards

Small Grants Awarded:
  • Michelle Carpenter, CAM, Klocked: Women with Horsepower
  • Michael Greene, CLAS, An Ant Model for the Study of Self-Organized Aggressive Societal Conflicts
  • Carlos Hipolito Delgado and Diane Estrada, SEHD, The Lived Experience of Students of Color in Counselor Education
  • Betcy Jose and Christoph Stefes, CLAS, Russian Contestation of the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine
  • Rian Kerrane, CAM, Keen Foundry: An Art Casting Residency in Houston, Texas
  • Bryan Leister, CAM, Provisional Futures
  • Marjorie Levine-Clark, CLAS, Bodies Out of Work: Unemployment and Worklessness in Britain from the New Poor Law to the 21st Century
  • Carrie Makarewicz, Planning and Design, Evaluating the Direct and Ancillary Effects of the Sustainable Neighborhoods Program in Denver and Lakewood Colorado
  • Marty Otanez, CLAS, Air Monitoring by Settle Plate in Mold-Filled Occupational Environments
  • Scott Schaefle and Robert Allan, SEHD, Exploring Mental Health Clinician's Interests as Consumers of Research
  • Bradley Stith, CLAS, Which Form of Enzyme PLC is Activated at Fertilization?
  • Travis Vermilye, CAM, Tactile Communication of Public Health Information
Large Grants Awarded:
  • Christy Briles, CLAS, Understanding Drivers of Environmental Change in Tropical Ecosystems of Northern Vietnam
  • Aaron Johnson, CLAS, The Genetic Causes of a Broken Heart
  • Kent Seidel, SEHD, Problem-based Authentic Research Modules, PARMs, Pilot Test

Travel Grants Awarded:

  • Mary Connelly, CAM, CAA Conference and National Portrait Gallery: Outwen Boochever Portrait Competition
  • Roxann Hayes, CEAS, Can Flipped Classrooms be Utilized to Effectively Produce Successful, Engaged Engineering Students? A Comparison of On-Line vs. Inverted Classrooms through Transportation Engineering Courses
  • Elizabeth Steed, SEHD, International Society on Early Intervention
  • Liliya Vugmeyster, CLAS, Dynamics of Amyloid Fibrils

Discretionary Funds:

  • Martin Huber, CLAS, (Oscilloscope and function generator)
  • Annika Mosier and Chris Miller, CLAS, (MP Biomedical Instrumentation)
  • Xiaojun Ren, CLAS, (Dual-view camera for live cell imaging)

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