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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 (www.ucdenver.edu/orde) (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 porposal to that group in understandable terms for a lay audience. We will not fund proposals that are not broadly understood.

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 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:

Friday, August 22
Monday, September 15
Tuesday, October 21
Wednesday, November 19
Wednesday, December 17
Friday, January 1
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 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.

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 Project Development

Located in the Office of Research Services (ORS), the Research Collaborative (RC) 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.

In Fall 2014, a RC faculty advisory committee will be called and will meet monthly for the semester to formulate a broad strategy for cultivating interdisciplinary faculty networks that better support collaborative research activities within the arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. In January of 2015, the committee will release a brief white paper outlining ideas involving the expanded support by ORS of collaborative activities that enhance the profile and identity of the downtown campus research community.  More specifically, ideas will be outlined on how ORS can provide better support to best:
  • aid in more clearly defining the relationship of research to creative activities as outlined in the strategic goals of the University and Office of Research Services
  • cultivate a broader appreciation for the creative contributions of all disciplines across the downtown campus
  • develop communication infrastructure that promotes collaborative research trends, ideas, and initiatives across the campus and to the external community
  • assist with developing connections to possible collaborators and building interdisciplinary research teams that bridge the arts, humanities, and sciences
  • coordinate special catalytic research events, e.g. topic-driven mini-symposia that encourage new creative research initiatives
  • provide better funding assistance for the development of startup collaborations and engagement with new national or international academic research opportunities in the arts, humanities and social sciences
  • recognize and communicate the accomplishments of successful cross-disciplinary research activities to the university and greater community
  • advise faculty in the development of career paths that can successfully engage cross-disciplinary creative research activity
  • facilitate preliminary faculty meetings to discuss new collaborative research opportunities

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

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 ORS Projects Awarded

Small Grants Awarded:
  • Jody Beck, CAP - Landscape Architecture, $2,500 "Pilot Study: Inventory of the Urban Agricultural Potential for the Denver Metropolitan Area"
  • 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"
  • Andras Lema-Hincapie, CLAS - Modern Languages, $3,000 "Don Quixote in the American West: A Fourth-Centenary Celebration (1615-2015)"
  • Jeremy Nemeth, CAP - Planning and Design, $2,981 "Toward Equitable Recovery: Affordable Housing after the 2013 Colorado Floods"
Large Grants Awarded:
  • Michelle Carpenter, CAM - Visual Arts, $8,000 "What the Doctor Didn't Tell Me..."
  • Carrie Makarewicz / Jeremy Nemeth, CAP - Planning and Design, $12,000 "Income, Community Development, and Trasit Quality in the Denver Region"
  • 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"
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