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ORS initiative helps faculty build grant writing skills

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Earlier this month via Zoom, Academic Affairs and the Office of Research Services, in collaboration with the deans' offices of the College of Science and Health and the College of Computing and Digital Media, launched the second phase of its grant proposal writing workshop. Five faculty from CSH and six faculty from CDM, are members in the phase two cohort, which runs through September.

“The program addresses both practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal-writing process," says Cate Ekstrom, director of research development and preaward services in the Office of Research Services.

Participants will spend the next several months honing their skills through practice. The program places emphasis on concepts such as idea development and strategies related to writing for grant reviewers.   Faculty will produce preproposals to frame their research plan and project descriptions for future NIH or NSF grant proposals. Throughout the summer, participants will work with ORS staff through virtual group and one-on-one sessions to critique and further develop their writing.

“The ultimate goal of this initiative is to increase faculty capacity to compete successfully for grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health," says Daniela Stan Raicu, associate provost for research.

The specific NIH or NSF program is of the participant's choosing, depending upon individual research or career development interests. Overall, the long-term workshop focuses on the faculty's preparation of an actual proposal for submission.

To learn more about programs offered by the Office of Research Services, visit the office's website.

Participants in the program include:

  • Margaret Bell, assistant professor in CSH, initial project title: Sex Specific Side Effects of Polychlorinated Biphenyls on Microglia Across Development
  • Eli Brown, assistant professor in CDM, initial project title: Interactive Machine Learning for Rapid Hypothesis Generation in Transcriptomics
  • Jocelyn Carter, associate professor in CSH, initial project title: A Pilot Study for Increasing Peer Support for Physical Activity in African American Adolescents 
  • Jalene LaMontagne, associate professor in CSH, initial project title: LTREB - Scales of Synchrony in Mast Seeding Patterns from Individuals to Continent-wide
  • Sharief Oteafy, assistant professor in CDM, initial project title: Building an Agile Framework for Big Sensed Data proliferation
  • Cynthia Putnam, associate professor in CDM, initial project title: Advancing Child-Computer Interaction: Mobile-based Interaction Design and User Testing
  • Kimberly Quinn, associate professor in CSH, initial project title: Wellbeing in Public Spaces - Environment and Perceiver Factors 
  • Alexander Rasin, assistant professor in CDM, initial project title: An Integrated Biomedical Data Access Framework
  • Thiru Ramaraj, assistant professor in CDM, initial project title: Computational Epigenomics - Development of Computational Mmethods for Analysis of Epigenomics Data
  • Roselyne Tchoua, assistant professor in CDM, initial project title: Quantifying Input Uncertainty for Clustering Applications
  • Kashica Webber-Ritchey, assistant professor in CSH, initial project title: Increasing Physical Activity among African American Parent/Child Dyads