Research Development Network

Research Development Network Meetings

Previous Meeting                                 
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 

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" will be provided for discovering and capturing research funding from the DoD.  This presentation will describe:

  • 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 is conducting a 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 will focus on those writing their first NIH R01 proposal (or a resubmission) providing guided writing and peer feedback through a structured process. For session topics and tentative timelines see the table below. Please note: the final dates and times for this boot camp will be determined based on the participant's common availability during the semester. 

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

Sparking New Collaborations

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.