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Last academic year the OVPR in partnership with the College leadership (Deans and Research Associate Deans) invested in interdisciplinary teams to pursue big bet areas of research. This new initiative currently engaged campus in an open dialogue and proposal process resulting in over 150 faculty in all 8 colleges and multiple departments pursuing thematic research interests that cover our land grant mission areas and push the envelope of team formation, execution and outputs. While the initiative is in its formative stages, the early progress is very encouraging. Continue reading
Cruising along on two wheels, at a nice speed, on a gorgeous sunny day in Colorado and “Pshhhht”. Your whole world is changed in an instant. I can’t deny that sometimes my first reaction is a choice four letter word (that often rhymes with Pshhht) at decibels synchronized with the population density nearby. I succumb to the realization that I am well prepared to restore order and pull over to go through frequent ritual that leaves me covered in grease. The sense of satisfaction in returning to the road having made even a minor repair or course correction is always so great.
I am not sure why I draw this experience out other than to reflect on our summer at OVPR and our renewed energy toward an agenda of research success. In the first 18 months since storming the front range the new OVPR launched the catalyst for innovative partnerships initiative for interdisciplinary teaming and created 7 new teams poised to generate future superclusters of impact and engagement, established a new framework for research infrastructure facilities (institutional, foundational, and emerging), new metrics for determining high need high impact research facility renovations, and created a new multidisciplinary teaming award for individuals and groups that cross boundaries and work at interfaces of discipline discovery, just to name a few!
This summer we took the bike into the shop and tuned it up for our next academic year. Like many groups on campus during the summer the OVPR held a retreat to discuss future efforts and prioritize activities. Our renewed energy into the new academic year will sustain our resolve in the new initiatives launched but also allow us to focus on continued service to the research enterprise. Of particular note is our attention to reducing administrative burdens in facilitating our faculty’s hunt for new funding. This year we will roll out substantive new electronic systems for proposal preparation (Kuali Coeus) and a faculty activity reporting system (digital measures). The digitization of research administration is strikingly similar to the effort to promote electronic medical records; everyone knows it’s a good idea but getting it done is very hard. In our own case Kuali Coeus has been talked about for over 6 years and it is only now we are prepared to implement. These efforts will require patience, persistence, resolve (and yes some primal screaming) to get the job done.
So pump up your tires and get out on the road this new academic year. If you pop a tire, don’t fear, there’s a patch awaiting and plenty of air and pavement ahead! We look forward to working with you to sustain and grow our phenomenal research enterprise here at CSU.
Last week the Office of the Vice President for Research had a very successful new event at the National Press Club in Washington DC called Global Grand Challenges: CSU Research and Translation and I wanted to share some of the highlights and excitement generated.
The event’s goals were to raise awareness on CSU centered research aligned with global challenges in optimizing key environmental resources, nourishing the future population of the planet, and accelerating global health solutions to pressing problems. We invited alumni in the area, agency officials and program officers who we targeted by their interests and current funding of CSU and its partners.
The event consisted of three components – our president hosted a luncheon where we heard from Sonny Ramaswammy, the director of NIFA who spoke about these global challenges and how he sees the future challenges and opportunities for land-grant universities and their partners in industry and government. The second component was a three panel afternoon seminar on these grand challenges anchored by senior faculty and including 22 faculty from across campus. We ended the afternoon with an alumni and friends reception hosted by the President.
The event attracted 80 attendees (on a 95 degree day in DC) and generated a tremendous amount of positive energy. Our faculty did an outstanding job of succinctly presenting their passions and commitment to the problems while highlighted CSU successes in breaking down collaborative barriers across campus and into an innovation ecosystem.
The presentations were very well done with a pace and level digestible to broad communities. I received many positive comments after the event from alumni, industry attendees, senior agency officials from DoD, NSF, DoE, and USDA.
A special thanks to all those who made this new event a great success. Responses were so positive that there is interest to repeat the event in DC but also include Denver for our local stakeholders. We will be seeking measures of impact of the event and would be interested in your inputs on this. Some immediate return was the numerous meetings the group took in addition to the event across DC and the awareness our faculty continue to gain by cross campus immersive experiences.
It was a very proud day for Ram Research!
The Research Wall, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research, made its debut Jan. 22 in the Lory Student Center.
This wall, near the LSC Grand Ballroom entrance, emphasizes Colorado State University researchers, projects, awards, events and funders on a rotating basis in photo slideshows and research videos. It is a priority of the office to feature university-wide representation in the design of the wall and on the four interactive TV monitors.
To have your research featured on the Research Wall email VPR_Research_Wall@mail.colostate.edu
The Office of the Vice President for Research is committed to supporting foundational research infrastructure and facilities necessary to enable excellence, innovation, and outstanding achievement in research, scholarship and creative artistry. These shared resources ensure access to state-of-the-art research tools and expertise across the University and provide for development of new directions in emerging areas of research and technology.
The OVPR acknowledges the critical need to provide ongoing support of research infrastructure as well as to be agile and adaptable to new technologies and innovations in research. As such, we have designated three types of core facilities:
•Institutional Core Research Facilities – directly provide core function to CSU’s research mission, through core research functions or services that include specific environmental needs and/or infrastructure spaces (e.g. buildings, hardware, security, air quality, isolation requirements, etc.) and have broad-base institutional support.
• Foundational Core Research Facilities – directly provide one or more core functions across a broad spectrum of researchers, both within CSU and likely external to CSU
• Emerging Innovations Facilities – provide resources and/or services in new or emerging areas of research and technology, both within CSU and potentially external to CSU
The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce availability of funding from the Research and Creative Artistry (RA/RSP) Core Facility allocation-
Foundational Core Facilities: The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce availability of funding from the Research and Creative Artistry (RA/RSP) Core Facility allocation. This RFP is focused on the directed funding of Foundational Core Research Facilities – characterized by directly providing one or more fundamental core functions serving a broad spectrum of researchers across several units at CSU. Given the critical nature of the functions and services provided, these facilities are eligible for recurring funding from OVPR with annual oversight and subject to program review every four years. APPLICATION RECEIPT DEADLINE: March 13, 2015. View RFP.
Research and Creative Artistry (RA/RSP) Core Facility allocation: The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce availability of funding from the Research and Creative Artistry (RA/RSP) Core Facility allocation. This RFP is focused on directed funding of Emerging Innovations Facilities – characterized as providing resources and/or services in new or emerging areas of research and technology. The intent of these funds is to explore new instrumentation and/or methods and/or services and demonstrate utility and impact to the CSU research community. Early milestones will be set to monitor progress and to nurture success. Awards will be made for one-time funds over a two year term. Re-competition will be allowed in one additional funding cycle and successful programs (based on defined metrics of impact and resource management) may eventually be eligible for transition to a Foundational Core Facility or incorporation into an existing Foundational Core Facility during the major program review (every 4 years). APPLICATION RECEIPT DEADLINE: March 13, 2015. View RFP.