Research Development Workshop and Presentation Resources
Workshops are listed alphabetically by title
The mission of Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AROSR) is to support Air Force goals of control and maximum utilization of air, space, and cyberspace. AFOSR accomplishes its mission by investing in basic research efforts for the Air Force in relevant scientific areas. The objectives of the Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) are to foster creative basic research in science and engineering; enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators; and increase opportunities for young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and related challenges in science and engineering. Program characteristics, eligibility requirements, and strategies and best practices for engaging with Air Force Points of Contact and for developing competitive proposals will be discussed.
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Army Research Office (ARO) mission is to serve as the Army's principal extramural basic research agency in the engineering, physical, information and life sciences; developing and exploiting innovative advances to insure the Nation's technological superiority. ARO's research mission represents the most long-range Army view for changes in its technology. Strategies and best practices for engaging with and developing competitive proposals for the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program will be discussed.
A successful grant proposal isn’t a random plea for money. It’s a targeted offer to work with a funder to achieve a common goal. And it’s just a step in a two-way process of communication between the proposer and the funder.
This presentation talks about that two-way process - how you can take the best advantage of what funders are telling you and how you can have a dialog with funders.
On May 13-15, 2020, UNH’s federal relations firm -- Lewis Burke Associates (LBA) -- presented five one-hour webinars exclusively to the UNH research community on new and developing COVID-19-related funding opportunities from Federal agencies. Webinars were presented discussing the Economic Development Administration (EDA); the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA); the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and health-related agencies and telehealth [Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)].
A significant portion of the $2T CARES Act (and subsequent stimulus packages) is allocated to research and development. Agencies have worked quickly to determine how to apply these funds within their missions, goals, and programs, resulting in a patchwork approach that differs across and within the agencies. For researchers, this presents a challenge to anticipate and respond quickly to funding opportunities as they arise. The LBA webinars offered a deeper dive into the select agencies to help researchers understand and navigate the changing environment. LBA’s goal was to demystify how agencies are responding to COVID-19 and give UNH researchers the tools to more confidently move forward.
Slides: EDA USDA NSF NIH Health-related agencies and telehealth Recordings - all webinars
The objective of the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, emphasizing those without prior DARPA funding, and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA’s program development process. Tenure-track assistant/associate professors and tenured faculty within 3 years of their tenure date are eligible to apply to the FY19 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) if their research addresses one of the specific topic areas (TAs) of interest articulated in the current FOA, DARPA-RA-18-02. Program characteristics, eligibility requirements, and strategies and best practices for engaging with DARPA Points of Contact and for developing competitive proposals will be discussed.
The Department of Defense’s Defense University Instrumentation Program (DURIP) supports university research equipment and instrumentation essential to high-quality research and education in technical areas of interest to the Air Force, Army and/or Navy. Proposals to purchase equipment or instrumentation may request $50,000 to $1,500,000. Awards are typically one year in length.
This information session covers DURIP program basics, strategies for success, and information about the resources available through UNH’s University Instrumentation Center and the Research and Large Center Development Office to assist with DURIP proposal development. In addition, Anthony Lyons, a current UNH DURIP awardee, shares his experiences with the program.
The DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program supports the research of outstanding scientists early in their careers. To be eligible for the competition, a researcher must be an untenured, tenure-track assistant or associate professor at a U.S. academic institution or a full-time employee at a DOE national laboratory who has received a Ph.D. within the past ten years. University awards average around $750,000 for five years. Early career researchers may apply to one of eight Office of Science program offices: Advanced Scientific Computing Research; Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences; Fusion Energy Sciences; High Energy Physics; Nuclear Physics; Accelerator R&D and Production; and Isotope R&D and Production. Proposed research topics must fall within the programmatic priorities of DOE’s Office of Science, which are provided in the program announcements.
This information session covers an overview of the DOE Office of Science, the Early Career Research Program, the DOE pre-application and application processes, and UNH and other resources available for pre-application and application development.
Did you know that the Department of Energy (DoE) is the US’s largest Federal sponsor of basic research in the physical sciences? Did you know that DOE also supports research in advanced scientific computing and biological and environmental sciences? Each federal fiscal year, the DoE’s Office of Science issues a Broad Agency Announcement inviting applications on a variety of topics that is open with a rolling deadline until September 30. This session will highlight the Office of Science, its priority research topics for the current fiscal year, and how to apply to this “Open Call.”
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This session provides an introduction to the Department of Energy Office of Science, particularly how it generally, and through its Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, is focusing on advancing scientific machine learning and artificial intelligence. It also provides specific guidance for applying to 2 funding opportunities: Scientific Machine Learning (ML) for Modeling and Simulations (DE-FOA-0002319) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Decision Support for Complex Systems (DE-FOA-0002321).
NSF expects that all the projects it supports will benefit society in some way. This session will cover: Fostering research partnerships, NSF's priorities for and definitions of broader impacts; how to address project broader impacts in one’s proposal; and resources available to UNH investigators for developing broader impacts plans and identifying internal and external partners.
NSF expects Principal Investigators to develop metrics and determine the impact their projects have beyond the research itself. Are you unsure how to do this? Could you use some advice on how to make evaluation a seamless part of your broader impacts activities? If so, this workshop is just what you’re looking for. Presented by Eleanor Jaffee, Owner & Principal Consultant, Insights Evaluation LLC (formerly Carsey School of Public Policy), this session provides information about:
- Why evaluation plans are needed and how they contribute positively to the project
- Necessary components of appropriate evaluation plans?
- How to decide whether to use an internal or external evaluator
- How to locate and select an evaluator/partner
- How to budget in the proposal for the costs of evaluation
- What to do pre-award to help make sure the evaluation goes well
Tools and resources that are available within and outside UNH to assist faculty in developing these aspects of their proposals and securing experts to perform the assessment or evaluation also are discussed. Slides/Resources Recording
Effective strategies for identifying external funding opportunities for research and scholarly activities transcend searching a database. This workshop introduces a range of approaches and tools that help make searching for funding more productive and efficient.
AREA Grants (R15) --- 10/10/18
This workshop is an opportunity to hear from UNH researchers who have been successful in obtaining funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program which is implemented through the R15 mechanism. These awards are intended to support meritorious research; expose undergraduate and graduate students to hands-on research in eligible environments; and strengthen the research environment of schools that have not been major recipients of NIH support. Louis Tisa (Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences) and Robert Mair (Professor, Psychology) will talk about their experiences applying for and managing their AREA awards. In addition, assistance and resources to help investigators prepare competitive AREA applications that are available through the Research Development Office will be discussed.
Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) --- 4/8/19
This session is an opportunity to hear from a UNH researcher who has obtained funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award, which is implemented through the R21 mechanism. This mechanism is intended to encourage exploratory/developmental research by providing support for the early and conceptual stages of project development. Dr. Kimberly J. Mitchell (Research Associate Professor, Crimes against Children Research Center & Department of Psychology) will talk about her experiences.
NIGMS Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) (R35) --- 3/29/19
Dr. Matt MacManes (Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences) will talk about his experiences applying for and managing his Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA), a new National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) program, which is implemented through the R35 mechanism. Rather than funding a specific project, MIRA provides 5 years of support for the research in an investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS. The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency of NIGMS funding by providing investigators with greater stability and flexibility, thereby enhancing scientific productivity and the chances for important breakthroughs. Assistance and resources available from the Research Development Office to help investigators prepare competitive R35 applications also will be discussed.
Research Grants (R01) --- 2/15/19
Center of Integrated Biomedical and Bioengineering Research (CIBBR) leadership team members, who have extensive experience with NIH funding from multiple Institutes through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant Program will talk about their experiences applying for and managing R01 awards. Also, Research Development Office assistance and resources available to help investigators prepare competitive R01 applications will be discussed.
Small Research Grants (R03) --- 12/5/18
This session is an opportunity to hear from a UNH researcher who has obtained funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Research Grant Program which supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources (up to two years and a budget for direct costs of up $50,000 per year). Dr. Jill McGaughy (Professor, Psychology) will talk about her experiences applying for and managing an R03 award. Also, Research Development Office assistance and resources available to help investigators prepare competitive R03 applications will be discussed.
There is a significant push for interdisciplinary research to tackle many of the complex and critical societal problems that we face. Interdisciplinary research brings together teams representing different disciplines, with different expertise and roles ranging from experimental design, technology development, data generation and analysis, and project management. Building, training, and supporting those research teams is a vital component of interdisciplinary science and one that often benefits from in-person contact. However, there are many times when this is not feasible, perhaps due to geographic distance or extraordinary circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are numerous tools like Zoom to support remote teams, but frankly … many of us are just Zoomed-out. Alecia Magnifico and Bethany Silva co-lead an 11-person, UNH CoRE COVID-19-funded interdisciplinary team comprised of UNH faculty and K-12 educators. The team leaders developed a number of tools to build their research team, plan their project (TILDE), train team members, and conduct productive (and fun!) multi-day scientific retreats – all via Zoom. In this presentation, they share their experiences, highlight tools they use, and talk about turning Zoom fatigue on its head. Recording Slides
As the primary U.S. funder for biomedical and behavioral research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is a complex organization that may seem unfathomable to grant seekers. This session will draw back the curtain on NIH, providing an overview of 1) mission and structure of NIH; 2) getting a sense of what NIH funds; 3) funding mechanisms and Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs); 4) ways of interacting with NIH, including NIH's electronic research administration and submission tools and the roles of the NIH extramural staff; 5) how the application and review processes work; and 6) news and initiatives of note for FY2021.
Success in obtaining funding for research or scholarly activity is more likely if the investigator has laid a solid groundwork and can communicate ideas effectively to potential funders. This workshop will present advice for: targeting one’s efforts, framing research and scholarly goals as fundable ideas; articulating the human impact/ real-life applications of research/scholarship; the purposes of proposals; and gathering needed information. Assistance and resources available through the Research Development Office, including readiness assessment tools, also will be discussed.
This session will be led by UNH Associate Professors Matt Davis and Chris White. Matt is a U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase 1 grant recipient, and Chris is a DoE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 recipient. Funding opportunities from the federal agencies and key strategies for successfully navigating the application and award processes will be discussed.