Research Development Network

Research Development Network Meetings

Previous Meeting: January 10, 2020
Agenda (pdf)
Data Management and Data Sharing Plans
Evaluation Planning for Grants

Date: 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)

Funding Opportunities

UI-ISU Partnership Seed Grant Program

RDO coordinates the UI-ISU Partnership Seed Grant Program, which provides seed funds to support UI and ISU researchers in developing innovative, ambitious, interdisciplinary programs that have the potential to synergistically advance both institutions’ research profiles, as well as lead to sponsored funding from government agencies, corporations, and/or foundations.  Seed funds may be used to develop new initiatives or expand existing collaborations.


In a change from 2018, UI and ISU are offering a matchmaking platform to help PIs identify collaborators for a proposal.  UI faculty interested in finding an ISU collaborator should fill out the form linked here.  The list of UI and ISU faculty interested in collaborating on the UI-ISU Partnership Seed Grant Program can be found here.  Faculty who add their names to the list can also opt in to receive a weekly email update.

Research Education and Training 

Pivot Training Sessions

Hands-on training sessions were offered featuring best practices for utilizing Pivot features. Open to all faculty and staff, you will have the opportunity to work hands-on within the system to learn the functionality of searching and saving funding opportunities, finding potential collaborators, creating newsletters, and much more. Staff from the Research Development Office and Division of Sponsored Programs lead the session.

Sessions were available from 2:00-3:00 PM in 2523 UCC on the following dates: Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11.

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Session

Do you enjoy providing meaningful research experiences for undergraduates? Do you want to enhance your graduate recruitment efforts and diversify your applicant pool through training the next generations of scholars? The National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program might be for you.  

Co-presented by the RDO and Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU), current REU PIs will participate in an informational session on these awards on Friday, November 15 at 10-11am in 2520-D University Capitol Centre.

Please visit the webpage for additional information.

UI Grant Writing Seminars: Write Winning Grant Proposals

The RDO in collaboration with the Carver College of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs and Development, is pleased to announce that Dr. John Robertson from Grant Writer's Seminars & Workshops will conduct the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar on Friday, October 25, 2019. This all-day presentation is the cornerstone of the Grant Writers' Seminars & Workshops (GWSW) seminar programs. It comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects that are important to writing competitive grant proposals. It is appropriate for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and administrative staff who have had some exposure to writing grant applications, either through training / mentoring or personal experience.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Deadline to register: Friday, October 4, 2019 (close of business)
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Registration opens at 7:45 AM)
Place: Hilton Garden Inn, Iowa City (328 S. Clinton Street)
Cost: $150 (includes supplemental materials and lunch)
Seminar Agenda 

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 and Tuesday, December 10 from 9:30am-12pm.  For more information, see here.

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

For additional details, please visit

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

UI Research Services Fair

Join us for the second annual University of Iowa Research Services Fair on Thursday, October 10 from 1-6:30pm at Hancher Auditorium. The Research Services Fair (RSF) is a vendor-style fair that provides an opportunity for researchers to learn about campus resources and services available for their research and scholarship activities.  The Fall 2019 RSF will expand from the previous fair by hosting over 70 campus units to share how their services can enhance researcher activities.

Community Engagement Lecture Series

Community Engagement is becoming a key component of health research studies.  To assist researchers in learning more about this topic, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) and RDO will be sponsoring a Spring Lecture Series. The goal of this series is to foster greater campus awareness of how and why community engagement can improve research.  For more information, visit the ICTS webpage here.

Vaping: The New Look of Nicotine Addiction Series

There is an ongoing, dramatic increase in  usage of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) among students in high schools and colleges, including at the University of Iowa (UI). While many on the UI campus are concerned about this growing trend of e-cig usage among current and incoming students, the impact of vaping goes beyond student wellness to include the impact on employers, health care costs, the environment, and more.This issue has prompted the formation of a coalition to reach out to those on campus and in our community to share knowledge, challenges, and determine next steps. Please visit here to learn more information on the series.

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

Research Development Speed Networking

Are you interested in connecting with other research development colleagues?  Are you looking to network with research administrators or research development professionals on campus?  Then the Research Development Speed Networking Event is the answer for you!  Speed Networking is designed to help you meet colleagues across campus, and to establish connections in research development or research administration.   You are invited to participate in the speed networking event to meet peers who work in research administration or research development on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 1:30-4:00pm in S401 PBB (Papajohn Business Building; 4th floor).

Please visit the Research Development Speed Networking webpage for additional information and to register for the event.

E-Cigarette/Vaping Speed Networking

Are you interested in reducing the public health effects associated with the explosive growth in electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) and vaping usage? Are you looking for collaborators to explore new dimensions of vaping or e-cigarette research? Then the E-Cigarette/Vaping 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 20, 2019 from 2:15-4:45pm in C217 CPHB (College of Public Health).  

Please visit the E-Cigarette/Vaping Speed Networking webpage for additional information and to register for the event.

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Speed Networking

Are you looking for collaborators to explore applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in your research? Are you currently conducting AI/ML research and looking for applications of your research? Then join AI/ML researchers who are members of the Iowa Initiative for Artificial Intelligence (IIAI) at the AI/ML Speed Networking event to explore the possibilities! 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 a speed networking event to meet others interested in utilizing AI/ML on Friday, October 18 from 2pm-4:30pm in 104 IATL.

Please visit the Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Speed Networking webpage for additional information and to register for the event.

Antimicrobial Resistance Discussion with NIAMRRE 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)”. 

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. 

Mental 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).

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.

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.