Faculty Development and Education

The Office for Research Development (ORD) offers on-going workshops for faculty on topics such as Pivot – Identifying Funding Opportunities and ORED and OSP Overview. The workshop descriptions and registrations links are below. Contact Angie Shotts at acshotts@ua.edu with questions.

Special Topic Workshops and Networking Sessions

The Office for Research Development (ORD) 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 announced on the Research News Listserv.


If you have questions about a specific session or scheduling a workshop for a group, contact Angie Shotts at acshotts@ua.edu.

Click here to go directly to the registration form for all ORD sessions.


Office for Research Calendar of Events


Fall 2019 ORD Schedule

ORED Small Grant Program: How to Apply

Presenters:     Angie Shotts and Charlotte Nix, Office for Research Development

Faculty will learn how to prepare and submit a proposal to the ORED Small Grant Program. The Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) will fund a maximum of $6,000 for faculty research projects and creative endeavors through the Small Grant Program. Proposals are due September 10, 2019. The award period is for 24 months and will begin January 1, 2020. This one hour workshop covers the proposal requirements and submission procedures. Additional program information is available on the ORED Internal Funding Program website.

Registration:          https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop


Wednesday, August 7, 2019              11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, August 12, 2019                  2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019                 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019                 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 29, 2019                10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday, August 30, 2019                     2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:                  Rose Administration Building, Room G-55


Basics of Contracts

Presenters:       Lauren Wilson and Collin Rich, Office for Sponsored Programs

Presenters from ORED’s Contracts Office will discuss building relationships and working with private sponsors with a focus on the process of contract negotiations and regulations. This workshop is appropriate for faculty with interests in developing projects that require individualized legal agreements with for-profit businesses, non-profit businesses, or other private sponsorships. Contracts with external groups are necessary for activities that range from research undertakings to collaborations for artistic endeavors.

Registration:          https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop


Wednesday, September 18                 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29                           12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location:         NERC 1012


Working with Industry Partners: Where Do I Start?

Presenters:      Lauren Wilson and Collin Rich, Office for Sponsored Programs and Dana George, GulfQuest

Creating a new relationship with an industry partner can be complex and intimidating. How do I initiate contact? When do we discuss the budget and overhead? Am I committing myself to something that is outside what is allowable at UA?  This workshop will address these and other questions that are critical to faculty who are and plan to collaborate with industry partners.

GulfQuest is the research satellite office for the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) housed in Mobile, Alabama. Dana George will discuss her role at GulfQuest, how she can assist UA faculty in developing new partnerships, and current opportunities to collaborate with partners in the Mobile area and South Alabama.

Registration:          https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop


Thursday, September 12                    12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23                     12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location:         NERC 1012


Working with Industry: Lessons Learned

Presenters:       Lauren Wilson and Collin Rich, Office for Sponsored Programs

This workshop is a continuation of the Working with Industry Partners: Where Do I Start? and the Basics of Contracts workshops. Lauren Wilson and Collin Rich coordinate all industry contracts and other sponsored research agreements negotiations for the Office for Research and Economic Development and will share lessons learned to help researchers 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.

Registration:         https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop

Date:                          Thursday, November 7, 2019

Time:                          12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Location:                  Northeast Medical Building (NEMB) Training Room


Child Cohort Study Networking

Dr. John C. Higginbotham, Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, is leading an effort to create a multidisciplinary child cohort study that begins with the neonatal stage (birth to one month). The Child Cohort Study Networking session is the first step in UA’s effort to develop a comprehensive longitudinal study. Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Registration:    Due to the complexity of networking sessions, registration is requested by September 25, 2019. To register, go to https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop.

Date:                     Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Time:                    1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:            Northeast Medical Building (NEMB) Training Room


Inventing, Innovating and Entrepreneuring at The University of Alabama

Presenters:     Theresa Welbourne, Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute and The EDGE and Rick Swatloski, Office for Technology Transfer

If you or your students have an idea for a business or are working on an invention that you think could be commercialized, you should attend this workshop.

We will be reviewing resources on campus that can help you move your ideas and dreams forward.

You have access to funds, mentors, space, learning programs and more that you may not know about because many of these opportunities are new.   

How much funding?  Here are some examples:  

$1,000 for a 3-minute pitch

$50,000 grand prize in the annual business plan competition

Up to an additional $50,000 in the summer accelerator program  

What kind of mentors? 

CEOs of growth companies (local businesses, alumni and friends of Alabama)

Investors – both venture capitalists and angel investors

Coaches from within and outside the University

Fellow inventors/entrepreneurs who are facing the same challenges you are trying to solve

Squashing rumors about intellectual property and business ownership 

We want to talk about how you personally benefit when you start a business and work for UA.

Do you give up all the potential to make money from your idea or business to UA?  The answer is no.  

Learn why and how you personally benefit when you turn your ideas into a product or a business.

Learn how the deal for students in your classes is different from the contract with faculty.   

Registration:          https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop

Date:                        Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Time:                        3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location:                 2627 10th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401


ORED and OSP Overview

Presenters:     Angie Shotts, Office for Research Development and Jennifer Mills, Office for Sponsored Programs

This session provides an overview of the Office for Research and Economic Development (ORED) and covers a variety of topics including the preparation, submission, and administration of research proposals and awards including an overview of Cayuse.

Registration:        https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop


Wednesday, September 25, 2019      1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019                  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Monday, October 14, 2019                 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019              1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Location:              NEMB Classroom 1140 (Sept. 25); Training Room (Oct. 8, Oct. 14, and Nov. 5)


Pivot – Identifying Funding Opportunities

Presenter:       Angie Shotts, Office for Research Development 

Attendees will learn how to use Pivot to locate external funding opportunities during this overview session. Research faculty are encouraged to utilize Pivot so they may receive weekly Funding Alert emails with new or updated opportunities that match their specific research interests.

Registration:          https://uaosp.formstack.com/forms/researchdevelopment_workshop


Friday, September 20, 2019               1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019      3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019                  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 11, 2019                    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 24, 2019               2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019              2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location:         NEMB Classroom 1140 (Sept. 20 and 25); Training Room (Oct. 8, 11, 24, and Nov. 5)



Taped Sessions and Videos

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