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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)

Both smaller and larger 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:

Wednesday, April 22
Wednesday, May 27
Friday, June 26
Thursday, July 23

 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

 ORS Projects Awarded

Small Grants Awarded:
  • Christopher Agee, CLAS - History, $2,200, "Freedom Politics and Police Politics Since the Mid-Twentieth Century"
  • Amir Ameri, CEAS - Architecture, $1,500 "The Architecture of the Illusive Distance"
  • Jody Beck, CAP - Landscape Architecture, $2,500 "Pilot Study: Inventory of the Urban Agricultural Potential for the Denver Metropolitan Area"
  • Teague Bohlen, CLAS - English, $1,400 (funding for travel related to research for novel)
  • David Bondelevitch, CAM - Music, $1,500 "Herb Pomeroy: Life is a Many Splendored Gig"
  • Michelle Carpenter, CAM - Visual Arts, $500 "Driven to Ride"
  • Ryan Crewe, CLAS - History, $1,000 "From the Moluccas to Mexico: Religious Geopolitics and Global Mestizaje in the Transpacific Inquisition Trial of a Moluccan Soldier, 1580-1650"
  • Vinit Desai, BUS, $2,500 "Organizational Recidivism and Forgetting"
  • Carol Golemboski, CAM - Visual Arts, $2,300 "Photolucida" Professional Portfolio Reviews
  • Rudi Hartmann, CLAS - Geography & Environmental Science, $1,500 "The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park: Management and Commemoration Practices at a World Heritage Site"
  • Sarah Horton, CLAS - Anthropology, $1,500 "A Community-Based Research Project to Address Perceived Barriers to Workers' Compensation Among Migrant Farmworkers"
  • Heather Johnson, SEHD - Mathematics Education, $2,000 "From Variation to Covariation: Leveraging Dynamic Computer Environments to Foster Shifts in Secondary Students' Reasoning about Changing Quantities"
  • Riann Kerrane / Melissa Furness, CAM - Visual Arts, $1,200 "Laden Interlacings: Collaborative Exhibition"
  • Ann Komara, CAP - Landscape Architecture, $1,500 "Cartes des Visites: A Reception History of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont"
  • Bryan Leister, CAM - Visual Arts, $1,200 "Augmented Reality to Encourace Physical Activity and Engagement with the Arts"
  • Andras Lema-Hincapie, CLAS - Modern Languages, $3,000 "Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration (1615-2015)"
  • Alyssa Martoccio, CLAS - Modern Languages, $1,400 "L1 and L2 Learners' Gender Assignment and Agreement Errors on Known and Unknown Nouns in Spanish"
  • Kevin Masters, CLAS - Psychology, $1,500 "Purpose Driven Physical Activity: Initial Development and Pilot of the Colorado Meaning-based Activity Project (Co-MAP)"
  • Carolyn McAndrews, CAP - Planning and Design, $485 "A Moving Target: How Rural, Small, and Low-Density Communities in Colorado are Redefining Walking and Bicycling and Challenging Urban Stereotypes of Physical Activity and Health"
  • Jeremy Nemeth, CAP - Planning and Design, $2,981 "Toward Equitable Recovery: Affordable Housing after the 2013 Colorado Floods"
  • Andrew Rumbach, CAP - Planning and Design, $2,500 "Anthropogenic Drivers of Landslide Risk in the Darjeeling-Sikkim Himalayas"
  • Craig Volk, CAM - Theatre, Film and Television, $1,200 "Red Pearl"
Large Grants Awarded:
  • Moatassem Abdallah, CEAS - Civil Engineering, $13,000 "Upgrading an Existing Building Retrofit Optimizer Tool for Commercial Use"
  • Michelle Carpenter, CAM - Visual Arts, $8,000 "What the Doctor Didn't Tell Me..."
  • Benjamin Greenwood, CLAS - Psychology, $13,000 "Modulation of Fear Extinction"
  • Carrie Makarewicz / Jeremy Nemeth, CAP - Planning and Design, $12,000 "Income, Community Development, and Trasit Quality in the Denver Region"
  • Annika Mosier, CLAS - Integrative Biology, $15,000 "Impacts of Environmental Change on Nitrogen Cycling in Rivers"
  • Glenn Morris, CLAS - Political Science, $12,000 "International Collaboration Between American Indians and Maori on Treaty Rights and on the International Right to Self-Determination for Indigenous Peoples"
  • Brian Page, CLAS - Geography & Environmental Science, $10,000 "Engaging the Urban Past: A Community-Based Historical GIS for Denver's Auraria District"
  • Indrani Pal, CEAS - Civil Engineering, $10,000 "Global Food-Water System: Mapping the Vulnerability of Major Crop Producers to Climate Shocks"
  • Christopher Phiel, CLAS - Biology, $16,000 "A Novel Role for GSK-3a in the Prevention of Neurodegenerative Disorders"
  • Douglas Shepherd / Raibatak Das, CLAS - Physics / Biology, $12,500 "Multi-scale Measurement and Modeling of Cellular Responses to External Stimuli"
  • Tam Vu, CEAS - Computer Science & Engineering, $13,000 "Non-contact Breathing Volume Monitoring for Sleep-Disordered Breathing using Wireless Signals"

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