Orientation and training brings new and returning faculty up to speed

A Sept. 18-19 orientation and training sessions sponsored by Research Development Services (RDS) drew new and current faculty members seeking valuable information on accessing research services, finding funding opportunities, and developing effective proposals. The program began with a Sept. 18 orientation to research services at the UO, which included information on Research Development Services, Sponsored Project Services (SPS), Research Compliance Services (RCS) and other units that assist UO faculty with their research needs. 

  • RDS provides a variety of services for faculty seeking support for research, performance, public service and scholarly projects.
  • SPS works with the UO community to provide proposal budget preparation, institutional clearances and grant and contract administration.
  • RCS supports and protects the interests of the University, faculty, staff, students and research subjects in research compliance matters.

The orientation was followed by a pair of Sept. 19 training sessions focused on funding information. RDS’s Vidusha Devasthali presented a session on “Navigating NSF and NIH for Early Career Researchers in the Sciences,” which included presentations from Scott Fisher, former Program Director at the NSF, and Brian Westra from UO Libraries.Guest presenter Barbara Walker offered a session on “Finding Funding and Grantwriting in the Arts and Humanities.” Walker is the director of research development for social sciences, humanities and fine arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research has been funded by NSF, the MacArthur Foundation, NOAA Sea Grant, and the Social Science Research Council.

“We were fortunate to have Dr. Walker here to share her expertise,” said Lynn Stearney, director of UO Research Development Services. “In addition to having led comprehensive faculty grant writing seminars and research team building and facilitation efforts, she has designed numerous workshops on proposal writing and served as a consultant on proposal development and writing.”

Prior to her appearance at the RDS training session, Walker met with UO research administrators and faculty members to discuss humanities funding opportunities.