Research Development Network

Research Development Network Meetings

Previous Meeting: July 1, 2019
Introduction Slides (pdf)
ITS Business Intelligence
Pivot Administrative Features (pdf)

Date: Monday January 7, 2019
Agenda (pdf)
Introduction Slides (pdf)
Pivot (pdf)
DoD Funding (pdf)
Speed Networking (pdf)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Inaugural Meeting
Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Agenda (pdf)
Introduction Slides (pdf)
What do you do when asked to review a proposal? (pdf)
Sparking New Collaborations (pdf)

Research Education and Training 

Editing as a Research Administrator: What are the Possibilities?

RDO and the Scientific Editing and Research Communication Core offered an interactive workshop that will provided research administrators with editing strategies and tools to employ in helping researchers improve their grant proposals.  Through hands-on review and discussion of proposal sections, administrators gained a better understanding of the ways they can assist in editing grant proposals including review for typos, grammar, and formatting as well as style and clarity.  This workshop was held on Tuesday, June 4 from 1pm-2:30pm.

National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) Informational Session

RDO and Erica Kaldenberg (UI REACH, Associate Research Scientist) held an informational session about the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) on Wednesday, May 22nd from 10-11am in C44-A General Hospital.  With an annual budget of $105 million, NIDILRR is the federal government’s primary disability research agency, sponsoring research and development, capacity building, and knowledge translation.

A Trail Guide for Department of Defense Research Funding

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 12-1pm

Do you want to blaze a trail to obtain Department of Defense (DoD) funding for your research? If so, let Travis Klopfenstein (Business Development Manager, Center for Computer-Aided Design [CCAD]) service as your trail guide with a presentation on obtaining DoD funding.  With a background in higher education, the US Air Force, and Rockwell Collins, Travis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to campus for capturing DoD funding.


During this information session, a "Trail Guide" was provided for discovering and capturing research funding from the DoD.  This presentation described:

  • A "new: contract vehicle dedicated to non-traditional defense contracts like universities: the OTA
  • How Defense "Consortiums" work with the OTAs, and why universities are now in a great position
  • How the Navy, Air Force, and Army Research Labs are organized, and how to find your counterpart
  • The process to winning a contract with DoD

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NIH R01 Writing Boot Camp 2018

The Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) Research Development Office conducted faculty grant writing boot camp during the Spring semester led by OVPR Faculty Fellow, Dr. Chris Cheatum (Associate Professor, Chemistry).  Dr. Cheatum is an NIH-funded investigator who has also served on the Macromolecular Structure and Function B Study Section

This boot camp focused on those writing their first NIH R01 proposal (or a resubmission) providing guided writing and peer feedback through a structured process. For session topics see the table below. 

Session Topics

  • Discuss NIH process and Specific Aims page
  • Specific Aims - Peer Discussion of Aims Documents
  • Significance, Innovation, and Aim #1 - Peer Discussion of Drafts
  • Discuss Supporting Documents
  • Mock Study Section with Peer Panel
  • Responding to Reviewer Comments
  • Mock Study Section with Guest Panel
  • Individual Meetings to discuss Final Revisions

Campus and Community Outreach

Science on Tap

Fall 2018:

September 20: Music Therapy: Helping Teens Cope after Surgery

October 25: Southwestern Archaeology at the University of Iowa

November 15: War and Peace (?) in the Horn of Africa

Spring 2019:

February 28: State Hygienic Laboratory: Diagnosis in Pathogenic and Chemical Exporusre Identification

March 28: Three Minute Thesis Showcase

April 18: Striving for Equity in Schools

Sparking New Collaborations

Antimicrobial Resistance Discussion with NIAMREE leaders: 

For this meeting, RDO hosted leaders (ISU: Drs. Paul Plummer and Kristen Obbink; UI: Dr. Christine Petersen) from the recently formed National Institute of Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education (NIAMRRE; led by Iowa State University) on Wednesday, June 5 for a discussion of potential multidisciplinary collaborative opportunities with NIAMRRE. The Institute aims to “collaboratively lead local, national, and international antimicrobial resistance and stewardship efforts, utilizing a One Health approach (the health of animals, humans, and the environment)”. 

Topic: Computational and Quantitative Mental Health Jumpstart

Continuing the effort to build and enable campus networks of interdisciplinary researchers that address today’s societal challenges, the RDO and the UI Computational Psychiatry group, supported by Knowinnovation (a firm that specializes in accelerating scientific innovation), launched a jumpstart effort to bring together researchers around computational and quantitative mental health research in the Spring. This jumpstart combined a series of activities to find and connect researchers from the array of campus disciplines interested in joining data (computational and quantitative) and mental health perspectives, both broadly defined, to identify and frame novel interdisciplinary research questions. With support from the RDO, interdisciplinary teams from this effort will pursue external funding for their research questions. 

TopicMental Health Speed Networking: Make the Connection!

Are you interested in reducing the burden faced by many due to mental health concerns? Are you looking for collaborators to explore new dimensions of mental health research? Then the Mental Health Speed Networking event is the answer for you! Speed Networking is designed to help you meet new collaborators and brainstorm novel ideas leading to potential new avenues for your research and funding portfolio. You are invited to participate in the speed networking event to meet others interested in pursuing solutions to this public health crisis on Friday, September 28, 2018, from 2:00 pm-4:30 pm in the Kelch Conference Room (1289 CBRB).

Topic: Opioid Ideas Lab

Are you concerned about the opioid epidemic in Iowa and across our nation? Imagine a rare opportunity to meet and engage with other scholars and researchers from across our campus – economics, public health, policy, history, marketing, liberal arts, anthropology, education, law, medicine, and many more – to envision bold approaches to tackle one of society’s most pressing health crises.

This spring, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development (OVPR&ED) is hosting an Ideas Lab April 9-11, where attendees will have a special opportunity to address the opioid crisis directly and to explore innovative solutions to this complex problem together. By examining the issue as it’s unfolding in Iowa, and by leveraging the university’s unique research and scholarship expertise, you have an opportunity to make a significant contribution to the national effort to combat this epidemic and reverse the deadly trend. During our time together, we’ll draw from a diverse group of minds and disciplines to examine the opioid crisis from novel, creative, blended, and collaborative angles.

Topic: UIMF Speed Networking: Make the Connection!

Does your research involve the potential use or application of the “technologies of the small, miniaturized structures, or devices or thin-films (i.e., nano- or microtechnology)"? Are you looking for collaborators to bring your idea to fruition? Then the University of Iowa Microfabrication Facility (UIMF) Speed Networking event is the answer for you! Speed networking is designed to help you meet new collaborators and brainstorm novel ideas leading to potential new avenues for your research and funding portfolio.