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Office of Research Development and Education


A University Research Community Resource

Naomi Nishi
Blog Moderator: Naomi Nishi


The ORDE Blog serves as a resource to faculty, offering strategies and tips on grant-writing, framing research, time management and more. Please feel free to use the Comments feature to share your ideas and ask questions of us and each other.


A new blog entry is posted weekly and we encourage faculty to add the blog to their RSS feeds so they don't miss anything.



The official ORDE blogger is our Assistant Director for Educational Outreach, Naomi Nishi. Contact Naomi with questions about how to access the Blog at


Rock Talk

Rock Talk is a blog associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is moderated by Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research. Dr. Rockey provides insights on NIH process and policies, success rates, specific programs such as those encouraging greater diversity in the scientific workforce and a variety of other topics. This blog is interactive, allowing you to comment and read comments from colleagues around the country.

NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog
Jon Lorsch, Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), authors the Feedback Loop Blog providing insights into NIGMS processes, funding decisions, success rates and grant development strategies.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Blog

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Blog entries are written by PCORI leadership and provides information on upcoming funding opportunities, research methods, healthcare community engagement tips, new directions for the agency and much more.

Morgan on Science
Morgan on Science is written by Morgan Giddings, PhD - previously a tenured professor in Microbiology and Immunology, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science at UNC Chapel Hill. After leaving there in 2010, she joined the research faculty at Boise State University part-time while developing a business based on her core beliefs in a better way of grant writing. Over the span of her career, she has generated over $23.6M in funding for herself and collaborators as PI and/or co-investigator. She had four NIH R01s funded in a row - each on the first round of submission. She enjoys putting her beliefs about a better way of grant writing into practice for others and in her own research.
The Grants Factory Online
The Grants Factory Online blog is provided by Jacqueline Aldridge and Andrew Derrington, authors of the book The Research Funding Toolkit. Aldridge, a research administrator, and Derrington, a former faculty researcher, provide insights on developing successful grants. The book and this supplemental blog are based on a workshop series in England called "The Grants Factory".
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