Workshop Resources

Research Development Workshop and Presentation Resources

(Alphabetical by Session Title)

Air Force Young Investigator Program Overview and Hints for Success    3/23/20

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.

Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Information Session     2/8/19

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.
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Building Relationships with Program Officers     5/6/19

This session emphasizes the strategic importance of developing a relationship with program officers at agencies from which funding is sought. Strategies for engagement will be discussed, as well as advice for those planning in-person visits to prospective sponsors.

COVID-19 CARES Research Opportunities at Federal Agencies     5//13-15/20

On May 13-15, 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

DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) Information Session     9/24/18

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.

Department of Defense (DoD) University Instrumentation Program (DURIP)     3/12/20

DURIP can provide instrumentation to enhance research-related education in areas of interest and priority to the DoD, namely research areas supported by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, and Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Between $50,000 and $1.5 million may be requested for equipment or instrumentation that typically cannot be purchased within the budgets of single-investigator DoD awards.    UNH’s Research Development Office and the University Instrumentation Center offer support to investigators interested in applying for DURIP awards. This session provides detailed information about the DURIP program and assistance with strategies and applications.

Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program (ECR) Info Session     11/4/20

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.

Department of Energy (DOE) FY21 Open Call (DE-FOA-0002414) Info Session    11/4/20

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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Department of Energy (DOE) Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence FOAs Information Session    4/23/20  &  4/24/20

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).
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Developing the Broader Impacts Component for National Science Foundation (NSF) Projects     3/5/19

NSF expects that all the projects it supports will benefit society in some way. This session will cover: NSF's priorities for and definitions of broader impacts; how to address project broader impacts in one’s proposal; integrating broader impacts with research and/or education plans; and fostering partnerships. Resources available to UNH investigators for developing broader impacts plans and identifying internal and external partners will be presented.
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Finding Funding - Strategies and Search Tools     5/21/19

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.

Fulbright Scholar Programs         4/16/19 

This presentation by Aferdita Krasniqi (Outreach and Recruitment Officer, Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program) will cover (1) opportunities for teaching, research, and flexible initiatives in more than 125 countries; (2) tips on how to craft a competitive application including how to make contacts abroad and choosing the right country and award for you; and (3) ways to increase your campus’s international profile by hosting a Fulbright Visiting Scholar through the Outreach Lecturing Fund and Scholar-in-Residence Program.

Funding Scenarios and Search Strategies for Early Career Researchers and Scholars   10/21/20

This seminar provides an overview of strategies and resources for taking advantage of the special funding opportunities offered to early career scholars by federal agencies, not-for-profits, professional societies and other external sponsors
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Insights into NIH 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.

Insights into NIH Funding Mechanisms: AREA (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.
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Insights into NIH/NIGMS's MIRA Award (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.

Insights into NIH's Research Grants Funding Mechanism (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.

Insights into NIH's Small Grants Funding Mechanism (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.
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NIH Overview and Update    1/13/21

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.
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Positioning Oneself to Succeed in Grantseeking     4/22/19

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.

SBIR/STTR Grant Opportunities:  Faculty Perspectives     12/12/18

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.
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