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September 2014

Research@Iowa Orientation

Research@Iowa orientation slide
September 10, 8:30-10:30 am
​2520D UCC
This interactive program, designed for early-career faculty, will introduce attendees to resources for identifying and applying for internal and extramural funding, and running a more productive and compliant research program. A panel of faculty will share ideas about balancing research and teaching and best practices for establishing a strong research program.




July 2014

Department of Defense Health Research: Navigating the funding landscapeDOD Health Research session flyer

Wednesday, July 23, 3:00-5:00pm
The Department of Defense is an untapped source of potential funding for many health researchers.
In this session, Lewis-Burke Associates LLC will explain the complex DOD landscape for health research. They will review the trends and priorities across programs, and will address the following questions:
  • How does working with DOD differ from other research agencies?
  • What are the best points of contact for faculty in approaching DOD health?
  • What messages best resonate with DOD health officials?




April 2014

NEH Office of Digital Humanities visit

neh logoMonday-Tuesday, April 21-22
2520D UCC

The NEH ODH visit presents an up-close opportunity to learn more about NEH ODH, its funding priorities and grant opportunities, and to meet and network with colleagues. The agenda includes opportunities to participate in small group meetings, one-on-one consultations with NEH ODH, a networking lunch, and a lightning round of presentations about digital humanities projects in the Midwest.


Workshop: The Craft of Scientific Presentations

Melissa Marshall poster

Friday, April 18, 1:00-4:30pmSheraton Hotel, downtown Iowa City


All UI faculty and research staff are invited to a unique opportunity to hone their research communications skills in a workshop, “The Craft of Scientific Presentations,” delivered by TED speaker Melissa Marshall. Melissa will share effective strategies for structuring research presentations, rethinking the design of presentation slides, and analyzing the best delivery style.

A Senior Lecturer with the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State University, Melissa Marshall is a crusader against bullet points and an evangelist for effective slide design in scientific presentations. She believes that the future depends on the innovations of scientists and engineers, and is passionate about helping them effectively tell the story of their work. She specializes in teaching speaking skills to engineering students and has also lectured at Harvard Medical School, the New York Academy of Sciences, Cornell University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).




March 2014

Informational Session: NSF CAREER program

CAREER workshop

Thursday, March 27, 8:15-10:30am, 1117 UCC (map)

This session will feature panels of successful CAREER awardees and CAREER reviewers. The panelists will share their perspectives and take questions from the audience.

The session will also introduce applicants to on-campus resources, provide successful proposal examples, and share with tips from the NSF.




January 2014

Informational Session about OVPR&ED Internal Funding Initiatives

January 24, 11:00am-Noon, 2520D UCC

The Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development (OVPR&ED) and the Digital Studio for Public Arts & Humanities hosted an informational session about internal grant opportunities. Presenters provided an overview of, and answered questions about, the new Internal Funding Initiatives offered by OVPR&ED that include Arts & Humanities (AHI), Major Project, Major Conferences, and Core Facilities/Shared Equipment grants.




October 2013

Orientation for new facultyResearch@Iowa Orientation

October 28, 8:00-10:00am, W401 PBB
This interactive program, designed for early-career faculty, will introduce attendees to resources for identifying and applying for internal and extramural funding, and running a more productive and compliant research program. A panel of faculty will share ideas about balancing research and teaching and best practices for establishing a strong research program.

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Federal Research Funding in a Challenging Fiscal Environment

Thursday, October 3, 1:30-3:00pm
Lewis-Burke Associates, a Washington-based federal research and education consulting firm, will discuss the fiscal year 2014 funding outlook for extramural research at federal agencies. The seminar will help deans, faculty, post-docs, and graduate students connect their research goals with federal research trends, diversify their research funding, and identify programs and priorities at federal agencies to make their grant and fellowship applications more competitive.
There are two concurrent sessions.
  • Federal Funding for Health Research, in C217AB College of Public Health Building
  • Federal Funding for Science, Engineering, Education, Arts, and Humanities, in 2520D University Capitol Centre

Presenter bios

Program flyer




September 2013

Informational Session about OVPR&ED Internal Funding Programs

September 17, 3:30-4:30pm, 1117 UCC
See Funding program guidelines



May 2013

Grants Workshop: NEH Summer Stipends

Wednesday, May 15, 3:00-5:00pm
Obermann Center, 111 Church Street

A panel of successful NEH grant recipients, many of whom have served on NEH review panels, shared insights and answered questions.

  • Roberta Marvin, IP, and Opera Studies
  • Rebekah Kowal, Dance
  • Jen Sessions, History
  • Steven Ungar, Cinema & Comparative Literature

The NEH Summer Stipend application is due on Sep. 3. The University can forward up to 2 applications. The review committee offers feedback so that you can revise by the final submission date of Sep. 26.




April 2013

NSF CAREER Awards Session

Friday, April 12, 8:15-10:30am
1117 UCC

The Office of the Vice President for Research hosted an informational session for faculty interested in submitting applications to the NSF CAREER Program, the Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Assistant Professors are eligible to apply for the NSF CAREER award program if they are untenured until October 1 following the deadline. (The upcoming deadlines for CAREER proposals are in July 2013).
8:15 – 8:25:         Overview of NSF CAREER program
8:25 – 8:35:         Broader Impacts
8:35 – 9:35:         Experience sharing by awardees and questions from the audience
9:35 –10:30:        Reviewer perspectives and questions from the audience


Coffee & Conversation with OVPR / Networking Sessions

Coffee and Conversation

Monday, April 15, 9:00 - 10:30am, 2390 Executive Board Room, UCC (map)

Do you have questions about submitting grants, research compliance, internal policies, etc? Do you have ideas for reducing institutional barriers to research? Are you interested in providing input on the University’s new My Research Portal tool – a single point of entry for researchers and staff to access personalized research information and administrative applications for research?

We invite you to join staff from the Office of the Vice President for Research & Economic Development for coffee and informal conversation about conducting research at Iowa.

Please feel free to stop by at any point during the session. The last 30-45 minutes will be reserved for networking.




January 2013

Team Science: Building Successful Research Collaborations

Monday, January 14, 2:30-4:30, East Room, UIHC
Tuesday, January 15, 9:00-11:00, E254 (Brownell Room), Adler Journalism Building

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to host a workshop on building successful research collaborations featuring NIH Team Science experts Howard Gadlin, PhD and Michelle Bennett, PhD.  Dr. Gadlin is Ombudsman and Director of the Center for Cooperative Resolution for the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Bennett is Deputy Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).




November 2012

Grant Program for the Arts and Humanities

November 6, 2012, 9:00-11:30am, 1117 UCC (IP Commons)
The session included presentations on internal funding opportunities, campus contacts, and external funding sources (private and federal). Paul Casella, MFA, delivered a one-hour presentation on grant writing.

  • 9:00-9:20:  Introduction of Contacts for Grant Development Support
  • 9:20-9:40:  Overview of internal funding opportunities
  • 9:40-10:05:  Introduction to NEH, upcoming deadlines, and NEH reviewer perspective
  • 10:05-10:30:  Discussion and Networking
  • 10:30-11:30:  Grant Writing by Paul Casella




October 2012

Fulbright presentations for Faculty and Students

October 18, 2012, 1117 UCC
International Programs and the Office for Vice President of Research jointed hosted Fulbright Presentations on for faculty and students. The presentations were conducted by Andrew Riess, Assistant Director of Outreach and Communications for the Department of Scholar and Professional Programs at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).

  • 8:45-10:15: Presentation for Faculty (Fulbright Core Scholar Program)
  • 1:00-2:15: Presentation and panel for students (U.S. Student Program)
  • By appointment only: Individual meetings with the Fulbright representative


Research @ Iowa Orientation

October 29, 8:00-10:00am, 2520D UCC
November 13, 1:00-3:00pm, S030 CPHB

This interactive program, designed for early-career faculty, introduced attendees to resources for identifying and applying for internal and extramural funding, and running a more productive and compliant research program. 
A panel of faculty shared ideas about balancing research and teaching, best practices for establishing a strong research program, and answered questions from the audience.




September 2012

Write Winning Grant Proposals: A Seminar on the Fundamentals of Good Proposal Writing

September 6, 2012; IMU Main Lounge
This seminar comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to the proposal-writing process. It is designed for faculty members and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience.




April 2012​

Writing for Publication by Paul Casella

April 6, 2012, 9:00-10:30am, 2520D UCC
The “Writing for Publication” program, presented by Paul Casella, MFA, was designed to address how authors can employ a systematic approach to the writing process to improve the content and presentation of their ideas in manuscripts for submission. The program included suggestions about how to address the needs of the reviewers, editors, and readers to improve chances of publication.  Senior staff from the Office of the Provost and OVPR also shared information about various faculty writing groups and general writing resources, as well as information about upcoming grant writing workshops of interest to early career faculty.




January 2012​

NSF logoOn-campus visit from the National Science Foundation

January 27, 2012, 1:30-2:30pm
Bijou Theatre, Iowa Memorial Union

Joan Ferrini-Mundy, division director of Education and Human Resources at the NSF, delivered a public presentation titled, "Perspectives on Science and Education from the National Science Foundation: Building the Future." The event was open to faculty and staff from the Regents Institutions, private and community colleges, and industry representatives.

Please contact Leslie Weatherhead with questions.




November 2011​

Research@Iowa Orientation

November 10, 2011

The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research are hosting a breakfast and orientation program titled “Research @ Iowa” for new faculty members on Thursday, November 10, 8:00-10:00am in 2520D UCC. This new interactive program will feature a panel of four faculty who have obtained external funding for their research, scholarship, and creative activities. They will share ideas about balancing research and teaching, best practices for establishing a strong research program, and be available to answer questions from the audience. Registration is required.




October 2011​

Telling Your Research Story

October 20, 2011

Telling Your Research Story” is a free panel discussion designed to help University of Iowa researchers across the disciplines learn how to become better storytellers, whether the goal is to inform, educate or persuade. The panel, which will include researchers and professional communicators, will share best practices and tips for “translating” technical and complex areas of research into accessible language and finding a narrative for your work that is clear, compelling and effective.




September 2011

Grant Winners Seminars

September 29 - 30, 2011

Robert Porter, Ph.D., of GrantWinners Seminars presented three grant writing workshops at the University of Iowa:

  • Writing Successful Grants (3 hrs)
  • Career Development Grants for Pre- and Postdocs (3 hrs)
  • Building the NEH Grant Proposal (3 hrs)



August 2011

American Cancer Society (ACS): Funding Opportunities Presentation

August 25, 2011

ACS Program Director Virginia Krawiec delivered a presentation of ACS funding for research and training on August 25 from 11:30-1:30pm in the Kelch Conference Room, 1289 CBRB.




May 2011

Writing Your Next Chapter: Moving Forward Powerfully in Your Post-Tenure Years

May 26, 2011

The Office of the Provost, in partnership with the UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research, hosted a faculty development workshop for women associate professors on May 26 from 8:30-1:00pm.

The workshop was conducted by national faculty development expert, Kerry Ann Rockquemore, PhD, Executive Director of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.  




April 2011

Making Sense of the Science:

A Workshop on Effective Scientific Writing

April 28, 2011

Judith Swan, Associate Director for Writing in Science and Engineering of the Princeton Writing Program presented a workshop on April 28th, 1:00-3:00pm in Kelch conference room (1289 CBRB). 

Dr. Swan discussed how to craft technical writing in a way that makes it highly readable and easier to understand. The workshop was targeted towards graduate students, post-docs and faculty preparing manuscripts and grant applications. 




March 2011

Fulbright Workshop

March 22, 2011

Athena Mison Fulay, Manager of Outreach and Communications for the Department of Scholar and Professional Programs at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), conducted a workshop on the Fulbright Program on March 22, 2011. 




December 2010

Research Professional Development Series

December 22, 2010

The Research Professional Development Series began on January 11, 2011. This certificate series is designed to provide a broad overview of the current state of research and address the many needs and interests of research staff. 

Grant Writing Seminar by Dr. David Morrison

December 6, 2010

Recent changes in the NIH application format and review criteria have drastically changed how applications to the NIH will be written and scored.  The Office of the Vice President for Research was pleased to welcome David Morrison back to campus to provide insights regarding these and other trends in federal funding. This all-day grant writing workshop, held in the IMU Main Lounge, provided instruction for 200 faculty and staff members from across campus.

Agenda (pdf) 




October 2010

photo Hiram Fitzgerald

Guest Speaker: Hiram Fitzgerald

October 11-12, 2010

Hiram Fitzgerald, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University and nationally prominent leader on University engagement issues, was  on campus on October 11th and 12th, 2010 to meet with UI faculty, staff, and community members. The Office of the Vice President for Research, Division of Continuing Education, and Center for Teaching co-hosted his two-day itinerary, which included a Public Forum entitled "The Engaged University," and an Economic Development Luncheon with community leaders.

Powerpoint presentations (ppt)

Iowa Arts Council Grant Writing Workshop

October 6, 2010

Iowa Arts Council logo

This workshop, hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, focused on Iowa Arts Council Major and Mini Project Grants.


Program flyer (pdf)

Powerpoint presentation (ppt)




September 2010

Navigating the Research Enterprise: Fine-Tuning your GPS (Grant Positioning System)  

September 29 & 30, 2010

The Office of the Vice President for Research offered orientation sessions for new and early-career faculty members, research scientists, and research staff in all Glasses on a mapdepartments and disciplines twice during the fall 2010.

Program flyer (pdf)

Powerpoint presentation (ppt)

Research Compliance handouts (pdf)

Life Cycle of a Grant Flowchart (pdf)

How to Prepare a Competitive Grant Proposal

September 15, 2010

John Massa, Associate Director, Division of Sponsored Programs, discussed the following topics: (1) How to approach different types of funding agencies; (2) UI resources available for grant proposal preparation; and (3) What to do when your proposal is rejected.

Central Microscopy Research Facilities Reception

Central Microscopy Research Facilities Reception and Open House

September 10, 2010

The University of Iowa Foundation and the Office of the Vice President for Research hosted a reception to inaugurate the high resolution field emission transmission electron microscope and to recognize the support of the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust in acquiring this instrumentation. 




October 2009

National Science Foundation Day at The University of Iowa (NSF Day)

NSF logo

October 8, 2009

This workshop will provide an overview of the NSF, its mission, priorities, and budget. It will cover the NSFproposal and merit review process and NSFprograms that cut across disciplines. Additionally, representatives from the seven NSFdirectorates and the Office of International Science and Engineering will make presentations on their programs and will also be available informally and in breakout sessions for discussions of potential research proposals. This workshop is focused on junior faculty and others beginning or restarting research careers, although others more experienced with proposing to NSFwill find the workshop informative and useful.   


NSF Day Agenda (pdf)




September 2009

Navigating the Research Enterprise: Fine-tuning your GPS (Grant Positioning System)

The Office of the Vice President for Research is offering an orientation session for new and early-career faculty members, research scientists, and research staff in all departments and disciplines twice during the fall 2009 semester.

Participants will be introduced to Office of the Vice President for Research staff, various research offices, and sources of information that will assist them in obtaining extramural funding and running a more productive and compliant research program. Among the topics covered will be:

  • Research Development -- identifying funding sources, proposal development assistance

  • Research Administration – proposal routing, pre and post-award administrative issues

  • Research Compliance – use of human, animal subjects or hazardous materials, responsible conduct of research, conflict of interest




July 2009

Write Winning Grants  Workshop -- Phase II

Pre-requisite: Phase I Seminar

Phase II is guided by The Grant Application Writer’s Workbook, which systematically shepherds participants through the development of their applications, from inception of the idea through writing of the proposal, section-by-section.  Recommendations are provided regarding how competing academic priorities can be managed during the writing process.   The program has three objectives for each participant: 1) write and submit the best application of which s/he is capable; 2) better understand the dynamics and psychology of the review process; and 3) develop an appreciation for the importance of constructive criticism as an important part of the proposal-development process. The workshop includes both on-site and electronic interactions between the consultant and participants, with ample one-on-one time to assure that the specific needs of individuals are met.  Either new or revised applications are welcome.  Assistance in responding to prior review is provided to those who are writing revisions.




February 2008

Write Winning Grants:  A seminar on the fundamentals of good proposal writing -- Phase I

On Tuesday, February 26, 2008, at the Iowa Memorial Union, 3rd floor RicheyBallroom, David Morrisonfrom Grant Writers’ Seminars and Workshops, Inc. will present an all-day (8:30-4:30) workshop entitled “Write Winning Grants – A seminar on the fundamentals of good proposal writing.” We have had outstanding reviews from faculty who have attended previous sessions by this group.  A description of the seminar is posted at