UPCOMING EVENTS

Improving Scholarly Communication Series Maximizing Pivot to Find Funding and Collaborators Support Mechanisms for Undergraduate Research and New Opportunities with ICRU
Tuesday, June 1, 15, 29
1pm-2pm
Wednesday, May 26
11am-12pm
Thursday, May 27
2pm-3pm
Are you looking for methods to improve your success in writing, grant applications, and speaking endeavors? If so, join us this summer for a virtual three-part series designed to provide you strategies to improve the clarity of your scholarly communications, both written and oral. Do you want to maximize your time spent searching for funding opportunities or potential project collaborators?  Join us to learn how Pivot can save you time and effort in identifying the right funding opportunities for your research lines as well as identifying collaborators with the relevant expertise. Join the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) for a brief overview of their services followed by a Q&A session.
Topics covered will be their funding program for UI undergraduate researchers, presentation opportunities for your students to share their work, travel awards so they may attend regional and national conferences, and support we provide for training undergraduate researchers including NSF REU awards and mentor training.
We will also cover new university initiatives such as the CLAS Environmental Justice and P3 funding for team-based policy research created to support you and your undergraduate researchers.
June 1 Register here
June 15 Register here
June 29 Register here
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GROWING CAMPUS CONNECTIONS

To help facilitate networking and collaboration, the RDO has created Networking Surveys. The goal of the Networking Surveys is to create a directory to help identify potential collaborators for your ideas and projects.
Complete the surveys and see the results here.

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 Research Development Defined | RDO Services
Research Education and Training | Campus and Community Outreach | Sparking New Collaborations

The Research Development Office (RDO) offers one-stop “concierge” services to connect researchers and scholars with research administrators and other resources; accelerate discovery and innovation by supporting collaboration, creation, and proposal development; and minimize the administrative burden of research on faculty and staff. 

See below to view an overview of events and activities.
2017-18 RDO Launch Year in Review
2018-19 RDO Year 2 at a Glance

What is Research Development?

The Office of the Vice President for Research launched the Research Development Office (RDO) in spring 2017. So, what is research development? As a professional field, research development is relatively new.  In 2010, the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) was founded as the first professional organization devoted to research development. NORDP’s definition of research development encompasses, “a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administration in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness”. While the term research development may be new to some, the concept and its activities are closely related to research administration; therefore, research development may be familiar to many. 

 

RDO Services
 

Funding Opportunities

Jumpstarting Tomorrow Seed Grant Program

The RDO seeks applications to seed interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research communities that advance research, creative activities, and scholarship. Jumpstarting Tomorrow is a hybrid pilot grant/community-building program that will support innovative and collaborative teams that could become the vanguard for future strategic research investments by the university. Letters of Intent are due April 15.

See more information on the seed grant program and download the RFP here.

Limited Submission Opportunities

RDO coordinates the Limited Submission Opportunities process for grant applications to funding agencies that restrict the number of submissions allowed from an institution. An internal selection process has been established to make sure that multiple applications to the limited program do not render each other ineligible by the sponsor.

Funding Focus

Funding Focus is a weekly digest email of limited submission opportunities for the UI community.  Click here to subscribe.

Arts and Humanities Initiative

RDO coordinates the Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI), an internal funding program within the Office of the Vice President for Research that encourages leading edge scholarship, creative activities, and interdisciplinary research.  Next application deadline: Fall 2021 - Date TBD.

Grant Bulletin and Funding Opportunities

RDO works closely with the Division of Sponsored Program (DSP) which informs campus faculty about the latest funding opportunities and requests for proposals through the Grant Bulletin.

Pivot

Pivot is an online funding database that researchers, faculty and research administrators can easily explore new avenues for funding, view funding opportunities uniquely matched to their scholar profile, collaborate with colleagues and manage the results of the process to build a funding strategy that supports both immediate and long-term funding needs. For more information on how to access Pivot, please visit the DSP webpage. See below for additional information about how to utilize Pivot.

Proposal Development 

External Review Services

RDO assists UI faculty with preparing ambitious, collaborative, and successful proposals. In this regard, RDO facilitates external reviews of proposals to external funding agencies. External review of proposals prior to submission will provide critical feedback in order to strengthen the proposal and improve the overall likelihood of success.  Download the guidelines (pdf) for additional details. ***Please note that funds are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.***

Resource Library

The resource library, requiring HawkID authentication, contains examples of successful proposals for various funding agencies including federal agencies and private foundations. In addition, the resource library contains examples of various components required for proposals including budget justifications, resource sharing plans, and data management plans.

Also included in the resource library are DoD and NASA Funding Tools provided by Travis Klopfenstein, Research Programs Consultant; CCAD.  This initiative includes tools and resources to find a counterpart in DoD labs, consortiums, and OTAs as well as other useful guidelines for DoD and NASA funding opportunities.

The resource library will continue to grow as examples of successful proposals are identified. RDO is asking for campus assistance in building out this library to help UI researchers prepare successful proposals. If you are willing to share a copy of a successful proposal or sections of a successful proposal, please email the Research Development Office with your contribution.  Note: These examples and resources are meant for University of Iowa researchers and staff and should not be shared outside of the University of Iowa. Further, these are examples and should be updated and/or customized to reflect the needs of the proposal.

Open Grants

Open Grants is a free resource started in 2012 that currently contains 214 examples of both funded and unfunded proposals from various agencies to serve as examples to researchers. 

Research Education and Training

RDO promotes outreach activities such as workshops and training sessions available to the campus community. For additional opportunities available across campus, visit https://research.uiowa.edu/researchers/professional-development-and-workshops

Maximizing Pivot to Find Funding and Collaborators

Do you want to maximize your time spent searching for funding opportunities or potential project collaborators? Join us on the dates below to learn how Pivot can save you time and effort in identifying the right funding opportunities for your research lines as well as identifying collaborators with the relevant expertise.

Pivot Administrative Privileges:  As of August 15 2019, access to Pivot administrative privileges can be requested for supervisor and RDO approval through Universal Workflow.  Administrative privileges will allow staff to help researchers identify funding opportunities, edit profiles, and connect with potential collaborators. To request administrative privileges, please complete the Universal Workflow request form (Note: a brief business justification for each selected option must be provided in order to be approved). 

Additional Resources

Improving Scholarly Communication Series

Are you looking for methods to improve your success in writing, grant applications, and speaking endeavors? If so, join us on Tuesday June 1, 15, and 29 from 1pm-2pm for a virtual three-part series designed to provide you strategies to improve the clarity of your scholarly communications, both written and oral.

See the series webpage for registration options.

Support Mechanisms for Undergraduate Research and New Opportunities with ICRU

Join the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) on Thursday, May 27 from 2-3pm for a brief overview of their services followed by a Q&A session. Topics covered will be their funding program for UI undergraduate researchers, presentation opportunities for your students to share their work, travel awards so they may attend regional and national conferences, and support we provide for training undergraduate researchers including NSF REU awards and mentor training. We will also cover new university initiatives such as the CLAS Environmental Justice and P3 funding for team-based policy research created to support you and your undergraduate researchers.

Register here by May 26 to receive the Zoom link.

Campus and Community Outreach

Research Services 

The RDO coordinates events to connect researchers to learn about campus resources and services available for their research and scholarship activities.

Virtual Research Services Fair

Are you interested in learning about campus’s cutting-edge instruments and technology as well as services available to enhance your funding applications and research programs?  Join us virtually on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 2pm-4pm for the third annual Research Services Fair. Interact with over 45 centers, institutes, core facilities, and other service units in a vendor-style fair. This year’s event will be hosted virtually via Gather; an online platform used to congregate as you would at an in-person event. 

Registration is required.  Register here by Wednesday, April 7.

Research Services Spotlight Series

The Research Servies Spotlight Series is a virtual series that was launched in the spring of 2020.  Service and core facility units provided 10-minute overviews highlighting their services followed by a Q&A session.  Recorded videos of the core units can be found here: https://research.uiowa.edu/research-services-spotlight-series-core-facilities

Sparking New Collaborations

The examples below are aimed at bringing together faculty and staff from across the disciplines to grow campus connections, while fueling participants’ imaginations for what is possible in the area of research and discovery.

Virtual Micro Labs

Are you interested in connecting with others and exploring new ways of thinking? Three 90-minute Micro Labs are planned. These are designed to kickstart new ideas and teams. Through a deliberate process, participants can suggest ideas, refine ideas, vote on ideas, and recognize idea champions to move concepts forward. The topics were chosen from last year’s Bold Ideas for Big Challenges competition. These Micro Labs are facilitated by Knowinnovation.

  • Navigating the Impact of Extreme Weather. Science Presenter: Gabriele Villarini (Director, IIHR; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering). Monday, March 8 @ 12pm-1:30pm.  Register here.
  • Digital Health Delivery. Science Presenter: Harleah Buck (Co-Director, Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence; Professor, Nursing). Wednesday, March 10 @ 12pm-1:30pm. Register here.
  • Microbiome Science. Science Presenters: Ashutosh Mangalam (Associate Professor, Pathology) & Hans-Joachim Lehmler (Director, Environmental Health Sciences Research Center; Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health).  Friday, March 12 @ 12pm-1:30pm. Register here.

Speed Networking

Speed Networking is like speed dating.  It is designed to help you meet potential collaborators in a quick, low-pressure environment through paired rotations every ~5 minutes.  By the end of a speed networking event, you will meet other researchers with varied interests in the particular topic.

View the Speed Networking Overview Document to learn more about Speed Networking and to view past Speed Networking events.

Networking Surveys

To help facilitate networking and collaboration, the RDO has created Networking Surveys. The goal of the Networking Surveys is to create a directory to help identify potential collaborators for your ideas and projects. This collected information is being posted online, so that you may easily communicate with others as desired.

The survey consists of the following questions and should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete:

  1. Demographics
  2. What is your interest in this research topic?
  3. What expertise are you looking for in a collaborator(s)?
  4. What expertise can you offer a collaborator(s)?
  5. Provide a Biosketch

Complete the following surveys, or view the responses below.

COVID-19 Networking Survey


Complete this short survey to share your interests, expertise, and needs for advancing solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to see those who have completed the survey and are looking for collaborators.

 

COVID-19 Funding
Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 funding opportunities using this Pivot* search, which updates as new opportunities are announced.  
*Must be using University of IP address range (i.e., on campus or using VPN).

Previous Events

To see previous events from the Research Development Office, please visit here.


Contact us

Aaron Kline Cheryl Ridgeway Britt Ryan
Aaron Kline
(319) 335-4142
Cheryl Ridgeway
(319) 384-3332
Britt Ryan   
(319) 335-9575