Faculty Development, Special Topic Workshops, and Networking Sessions

Research Development offers on-going workshops for faculty on topics such as Pivot – Identifying Funding Opportunities and ORED and OSP Overview. The workshop descriptions and registration links are below. Workshop topics that are offered year-round can also be scheduled as a presentation for faculty meetings and research groups.

Research Development also offers workshops and networking sessions to support faculty in their research and scholarly endeavors.

The special topic workshops, networking sessions, and on-going workshops are offered throughout the academic year and are also announced on the Research News Listserv.

Contact Lanna Nations at lnations@ua.edu with questions about specific sessions, scheduling a workshop for a group or topic suggestions.

Office for Research Calendar of Events

Taped Workshops

The Office for Research and Economic Development has previous special topic workshops available for viewing by the UA research community. Some of the videos and handouts are password protected. Email Lanna Nations to receive the password for all presentations.

Topics include:

  • CCTS: An Overview
  • Managing Your Research Data
  • Applying to Foundations
  • Using Logic Models to Write Winning Proposals
  • presentations from UA NSF CAREER Award recipients.

Click here to view the entire list and access the presentations.

 

2021 Spring Schedule

Contact Lanna Nations to schedule a group or individual session.

All workshops and networking sessions will be on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and password.

 

ORED and OSP Overview

Presented by Lanna Nations, Office for Research and Proposal Development, and Jennifer Mills, Office for Sponsored Programs, this session provides an overview of the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) and offices, staff, and programs available to support UA researchers. Attendees will also learn how to work with OSP in the preparation, submission, and administration of their research proposals and awards as well as an overview of the Cayuse proposal submission online system. All sessions will be on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the link and password. The session is one hour long. 

Date and time:  Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrdeiqqTgqHNbXDlAM1PvQM2sDmGkPSx2s

Date and time:  Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUofuiqrDssH9QfhuM57ZIwt4tI5L0Kd9JN

Date and time:  Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Registration: https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlfuiorjMtEtP9ktE0y_N4RKppIf7FOlnA

Date and time:  Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Registration: https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrdO-trT8iH9KfN59HKkZgJpzMXBRqHh7J

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Pivot – Identifying Funding Opportunities

Presented by Lanna Nations, Office for Research and Proposal Development, attendees will learn how to utilize Pivot to locate external funding opportunities. Research faculty and staff are encouraged to create an account in Pivot and to receive personalized weekly Funding Alert emails with funding announcements that match their specific research interests. Funding sponsors include federal agencies, commercial organizations, private foundations, other nonprofits, and professional associations. The session is one hour long.

Pivot’s user interface will have multiple updates effective September 9, 2020, including a new home dashboard for each user. The functionality of Pivot will remain unchanged. Saved funding searches and tracked funding opportunities will remain saved in users’ accounts. All faculty, staff, and students, have access to Pivot. An overview and instructional videos are available here in the Pivot: How to Locate External Funding Announcements section.

Dates and time:  Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration: https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0rde6rrzgjG9JHS5l_ym7sOyOTd1wtcecR

Dates and time:  Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkdequrDMrGdf2JMjR9NK1O6_YHZ47_cUV

Dates and time:  Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration: https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlf-GgqjsvGtXhUxDYouThM_IJRwkCp1sq

Dates and time:  Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUoc-yprj4qG9I5ZOxDLn1z4UVvvL67MKme

Dates and time:  Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration: https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtceyvpz4pG93wd3zPHxs-DYQR3KYHcD_P

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

How Can the Office for Economic and Business Engagement Help Me?

Looking for more funding opportunities that are not just for basic research? Thinking about commercializing your technology in the future? Wondering how to connect/work with industry partners? What are NSF I-Corps Site and Crimson Startup, and how will that benefit you? Did you know that ORED has someone in Mobile, AL who can connect you with industry in that area? This open forum is for you!

Dan Blakley, Associate Vice President for Economic and Business Engagement, Dana George with ORED in Mobile, and Ying Qin with NSF I-Corps Site at UA and Crimson Startup will briefly discuss the programs and resources available to researchers interested in receiving more funding, collaborating with industry partners, or wanting to start a business based on an innovative idea. During this session, faculty will learn about the services the Office for Economic and Business Engagement (OEBE) within the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) provides to support UA faculty to demystify the process of moving your technology into the marketplace. You will also learn technology commercialization-oriented funding opportunities provided by NSF, and you may discover that technology commercialization grants have higher funding rates and lower submissions than regular research grants.  Faculty, research staff, postdocs, and graduate students are encouraged to attend to get answers to the above questions and more so you may begin preparing yourself for receiving more funding and cultivating strong, lasting collaborations with industry partners.

Date and time:  Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:   https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYpc-ygqz4vHdFHbYgViRfDh_i-vjKzO5eP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Office for Economic and Business Engagement, Open Forum

Led by Dan Blakley, Dana George, and Ying Qin with the Office for Economic and Business Engagement (OEBE), this open forum will provide information on available resources and allow researchers to ask questions to learn more about how the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) can support UA faculty in cultivating lasting collaborations with industry partners, as well as efforts to commercialize IP through license agreements or start-ups. Dan Blakley, Associate Vice President for Economic and Business Engagement, Dana George with Gulf Quest, and Ying Qin with Crimson Start-up will discuss their programs and available services.

Date and time:  Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwocuqsrzoqHdXenXQ28c907HuhZkWwiBEt

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Networking: Collaborative Arts Research Initiative

The Collaborative Arts Research Initiative (CARI) is an interdisciplinary, arts-focused research engine driven by the interests of faculty from across the University. By facilitating collaborations across disciplines, CARI maximizes the impact of faculty arts research, while enriching the University, local, and regional communities.

This speed networking session seeks to assist UA faculty interested in pursuing collaborative arts research. We invite UA faculty members from a wide range of disciplines to participate in a discussion of ongoing projects, potential funding sources, and next steps toward forming collaborative teams and structuring projects. We encourage faculty with active research projects as well as those with interest in future projects to participate in this networking opportunity.

Speed Networking is a fun and fast-paced way to bring together faculty researchers from different disciplines who otherwise might not meet. The goal is to provide a structured format in which researchers can explore new partnerships outside their usual group of collaborators, discuss research expertise, spark new approaches, and evaluate the potential for future collaboration.

Date and time:  Friday, February 12, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYocOyvrDMtHtDmCNrpGNtaejwQDgAljrt7

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Research & Industry How We Work Together, Open Forum  

Presented by Lauren Wilson and members of the Office for Research and Technology Agreements (ORTA), this open forum will address researchers’ questions that are critical to collaborating with industry partners. ORTA coordinates all industry contracts and other sponsored research agreements negotiations for the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED). The presenters will answer participant questions and share lessons learned to help faculty avoid unknown pitfalls and common mistakes. Attendees will also learn tips on how to work with the industry partner and OSP early in the process to ensure negotiations are speedy, and the relationship begins on a positive note.

Date and time:  Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvd-yqrzkvHdLqZ6XMg2PjD4M2afT_qwlK

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

(Updated Title) Research Contracting Q&A: Bring Your Questions

The Office for Research and Technology Agreements (ORTA) is hosting an open forum to address researchers’ questions regarding contractual agreements related to industry-sponsored research and related matters. Working with ORTA early in the process will help you avoid unnecessary delays starting your projects with industry partners. ORTA coordinates all industry contracts and other sponsored research agreements negotiations for the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED). Join this interactive session where ORTA staff will share lessons learned to help faculty avoid unknown pitfalls and common mistakes. Attendees will also learn tips on how to work with the industry partner, ORTA, and OSP to ensure negotiations are speedy and that the new relationship begins on a positive note.

 

Date and time:  Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrcO2hqDwqGtaBMs6ZUrh218jfGY0Qt8g_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Inventions and Commercialization 

Presented by Moriah Smoot from the Office for Innovation and Commercialization (OIC). The OIC is primarily responsible for protecting and commercializing the inventions and discoveries generated by UA faculty, staff, and student employees. OIC advises UA researchers on invention protection, the patenting process, licensing, and the formation of start-up enterprises based on UA technologies. This session will cover the Invention Disclosure process, as well as how and when to work with OIC.

Date and time:  Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Registration:  https://uasystem.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kdOqhrzIuH9BHksfEBYWWHwwz95vkpLxo

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Taped Sessions and Videos

All videos are password protected. Please contact Angie Shotts to request the password to access the items listed below.