ANNUAL REPORT 2020-2021
TABLE OF CONTENTS 03 Message From the Director 04 Overview of Activities Strengthening Competitiveness of Research Proposals • Large Proposals • Proposal Editing • Mock Review Panel Program • NSF CAREER Proposal Preparation • Proposal Budgeting Resources 07 Building and Accelerating New Research Teams • Collaborative Collision 08
Promoting a Culture of Research Excellence • Research Capacity Building • Diversity and Inclusion in Research • Expanding Capacity for Collaborations with Other Institutions • Promoting External Prestigious and Cyclical Award Opportunities
Investing in Promising New Ideas and Researchers • Managing Internal Funding Programs of the Council on Research and Creativity (CRC) • Collaborative Collision Seed Fund • Early Career Research Development Program
13 Preparing Researchers Through Training and Other Learning Opportunities • Workshops and Training • The FSU Research Mentor Academy 15
Equipping Researchers with Useful and Relevant Reso • Improved Proposal Services Webpages • New On-Demand Learning Website • New Finding Funding Module
16 ORD By the Numbers 17 ORD Staff and Students 18 Communication and Outreach 19 Service to the University and to the Research Development Profession 20 Looking Forward
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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR In the Republic, Plato penned, “Our need will be the real creator,” a claim which became refashioned over time into the more familiar saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” It was necessity, born of FSU’s commitment to our research community, that created the original Office of Proposal Development, which is now the Office of Research Development (ORD), and it was necessity, born of a pandemic, that shaped our office and services during the past year. During the 2020-2021 year, ORD saw a significant increase in the demand for our services and programs. The number of researchers attending our workshops increased by 83%, requests for proposal editing increased by 21%, and visits to the ORD webpages climbed 82%. Finally, in large part due to the convenience of virtual communication, meetings with individual researchers and presentations to groups increased by a remarkable 104%. ORD also hosted 22 professional development events, organized six interdisciplinary networking programs, and launched a podcast. We provided personalized early-career research support to 31 new faculty and helped even more to become effective mentors. We managed over $4 million of intramural research funding, including processing nearly 250 internal funding proposals. We expanded our capacity for collaborations with other institutions, worked to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, and lent our skills, experience, and connections to multiple university enhancement programs. We have accomplished these achievements through dedicated hard work and a commitment to supporting FSU’s research enterprise. This report provides an overview of the breadth of activities ORD has engaged in this past year. As always, our aspiration will be to continue to provide high-quality programs and services, allocate our resources to ensure the greatest return on investment, and strengthen the research competitiveness of Florida State University. We look forward to taking on this challenge. Beth Hodges, Director Office of Research Development
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Overview of Activities Strengthening Competitiveness of Research Proposals ORD began as the Office of Proposal Development in 2013, and support for grant writing, proposal management, and editing continues to be at the very heart of our mission. Drawing on our experience working with diverse funding agencies, we can help PIs effectively plan and manage their time for their proposals-in-progress. We also can help PIs improve their proposal’s responsiveness to funding solicitations by breaking down agency expectations and proposal requirements. In this way, we enhance the competitiveness of our researchers. ORD works on proposals from all colleges, departments, centers, and institutes at FSU, and our services are available for individual PIs, small teams, large teams, and institutionallevel proposals.
LARGE PROPOSALS This year ORD participated in the development of six large, collaborative proposals. As a team, we were able to stretch our knowledge base and skill set to contribute to the proposals’ success in more substantive ways than ever before. ORD is particularly proud of its contributions to two proposals focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at FSU. In partnership with the Office of Human Resources’ Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, ORD managed the development of a $1 million proposal to the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program which centered on adapting and expanding institutional efforts to enhance intersectional gender equity in STEM disciplines. Similarly, ORD coordinated FSU’s submission to the National
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“I am grateful for the dedicated support from the Office of Research Development’s Rachel Goff-Albritton on the proposal development of an international effort funded through the Department of State on our “Learning from COVID-19 Experiences Art Therapy Project,” a collaboration between art therapy and mental health professionals in the U.S. and in Russia ... ORD provided guidance and support during the development of these proposals by creating proposal development timelines together to help delegate tasks, plan writing, and schedule multiple proposal reviews, connecting me with budget development assistance, and connecting me with support for graphics and website creation. Rachel’s insight about proposal language expectations helped me refine my approach to grant applications.” —Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell, Associate Professor, Department of Art Therapy
Institutes of Health FIRST program, a $15 million proposal focused on transforming institutional research culture. ORD was also instrumental in securing $525,000 from the National Academy of Sciences to launch the Gulf Scholars Program at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. The Program is an innovative collaboration between FSU, FAMU, and
“I want to express my appreciation for the time, care, skills, and outstanding support received since Summer 2020 by Mike Mitchell and Rachel Goff-Albritton from the Office of Research Development. Our proposal to the NSF ADVANCE program to enhance equity and inclusion in STEM fields at FSU would not have been possible without their support and guidance. — Lara Perez-Felkner, Associate Professor, College of Education
Resource Specialist, Evangeline Ciupek who expanded her role to include editing this past spring semester.
MOCK REVIEW PANEL PROGRAM ORD continues to expand its Mock Review Panel Program, designed to offer researchers feedback from their peers on grant proposals prior to submission. We coordinate mock review sessions with the assistance of tenured FSU faculty members who have experience with the agency to which the PI is applying. This year, mock reviews for the NSF CAREER program continued (see NSF CAREER Proposal Preparation below). We also organized a round of sessions specifically for faculty preparing for October 2021 or February 2022 NIH R01 submissions following our workshop on Developing Strong NIH R01s. We plan to continue to offer and more heavily promote this program in 2021-22.
LARGE PROPOSALS WITH ORD INVOLVEMENT IN 2020-2021
Planning call for the NIH FIRST proposal, February 2021
» Equality Can’t Wait Challenge— $10M MacArthur Foundation Levers for Change project » NSF ADVANCE— $1M program to address gender inequities in faculty at FSU
the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, which will build capacity for convergent research. In addition to leading the proposal development, ORD will help organize an annual interdisciplinary networking event inspired by ORD’s Collaborative Collision.
PROPOSAL EDITING In 2020-21 we saw a 21% increase in the number of proposals edited by ORD. There are now five staff providing proposal editing services for our faculty, including Proposal Development and Funding Specialist, Dr. Carolyn Bradley who joined ORD in 2021, and Professional Development and
» NSF Sustainable Regional Systems— $150k planning grant » NIH FIRST— $17M cluster hiring initiative to enhance equitable and inclusive health research » Gulf Scholars Program— $525k National Academies program to establish an undergraduate training program focused on Gulf of Mexico issues » FL BRACE — $5M Centers for Disease Control project to increase the use of evidence-based climate resilience strategies in Florida local governments
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“[This review session has been] very helpful, and such a wonderful cross-section of the different aspects of this proposal…this worked out very well.” — Alyssa Atwood, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science.
NSF CAREER PROPOSAL PREPARATION Our annual NSF CAREER proposal preparation workshop was held virtually this year and featured both previous NSF faculty reviewers as well as past awardees and subject matter experts. Attendance for the past two years has been higher than previous years. However, the number who ultimately decided to apply decreased this year, and we plan to work with deans and chairs in the next cycle to see what other barriers might exist and/or what we might be able to provide to encourage participation in this important program.
PROPOSAL BUDGETING RESOURCES Since 2019, ORD has offered proposal budget assistance to faculty as requested. We offer these services to assist departments that do not have a large research portfolio and therefore do not have dedicated departmental grant analysts on staff. With the addition of Carolyn to ORD, we are now better equipped to support these faculty members and ensure that their grant applications include a practical, feasible budget which conforms to FSU and sponsor guidelines.
DATABASE OF SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS ORD continues to provide a robust database of successful proposals submitted to various funding agencies. Last year alone, ORD received 823 unique visits by FSU faculty to this passwordprotected site. Faculty members consistently point to this database as one of the most useful pages on the ORD website, and we have strived this past year to provide as many new proposals as possible. We are thankful to the faculty who have generously provided these proposals to share with their colleagues.
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NSF CAREER Peer Review Sessions
Building and Accelerating New Research Teams
Mike Mitchell closes out Collaborative Collision: Health 2021
COLLABORATIVE COLLISION In support of the university’s Strategic Plan, ORD invests considerable effort in identifying, building, and accelerating interdisciplinary collaborations at FSU. The Collaborative Collision program has grown into one of the most popular — and impactful— initiatives under the Office of Research. ORD has now organized 15 Collaborative Collision interdisciplinary networking events since 2016, collectively featuring 774 Research Profile presentations by faculty and staff interested in interdisciplinary collaboration, and hosting over 1000 total participants. In 2020-21 ORD celebrated the five-year anniversary of Collaborative Collision by organizing four events: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion, Technology and Society, Climate Solutions, and the three-part Health 2021. These events were held virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but saw record high attendance— including participants from FSU’s Panama City Campus, Ringling Museum in Sarasota, and faculty presenters who called in from Europe and Africa. Collaborative Collision: Climate Solutions also marked the first time we have expanded the
program beyond FSU by extending an invitation to our colleagues at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Building on our five years of experience, ORD is excited to launch Collaborative Collision 2.0 in 2021-22—the first major update to the Collaborative Collision program since its creation. It is designed to not only build connections between researchers, but also provide a guided team development process through our Collaborative Incubator, which culminates in a new internally funded Collaborative Accelerator award. Collaborative Collision 2.0 will launch in Fall 2021 with Collaborative Collision: Resilience.
Collaborative Collision Attendance 2020-2021 Research Total Profiles Attendees
Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion
Technology and Society
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Promoting a Culture of Research Excellence ORD is increasingly called upon to lead or facilitate various special projects and university-wide initiatives. Many of these efforts grow into proposals or interdisciplinary teams, while others focus more on enhancing the competitiveness of FSU research or fostering a supportive culture of research excellence.
RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING In 2020-21 ORD provided several consultations centered upon evaluating FSU’s current capacity and competitiveness for externally funded research. For example, after previously engaging the Polymers Journal Club and the Climate Solutions program in 2019-20, we followed up with each group to offer continued guidance on how they can make an impact through research. We also developed an evaluation plan for the Department of Computer Science and advised the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy on external funding strategies. Additionally, we were excited to work in a consulting capacity with the PIs of many of the large proposals that we managed this year, because those proposals aimed for capacity building. As demand for these consultations continues to increase, we plan to standardize and promote them alongside our other services.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN RESEARCH Beginning with Collaborative Collision: AntiRacism, Equity, and Inclusion, ORD has engaged in several projects related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) at FSU, and in research specifically. Through a collaboration with the Office of Human Resources’ Office of Equity, Diversity, and
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Inclusion, Mike Mitchell co-led a half-day workshop on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching as part of the Center for Global Engagement’s cultural competency certificate series. This led to further discussions throughout the spring about developing recommendations for enhancing EDI in research at FSU, and submission of a roundtable presentation on the topic to FSU DIRECTO’s Fall Symposium. In addition, we provided proposal management for three proposals focused on EDI initiatives, with ORD poised to have substantial programmatic responsibilities in each of the resulting projects. These proposal efforts also revealed several opportunities where professional staff could contribute on a more permanent basis, and we have recommended incorporating an EDI specialization into a future ORD position description. Finally, ORD also created the Diversity and Inclusion in Research webpage this past year to showcase EDI research, and provide resources to improve EDI in research activities.
EXPANDING CAPACITY FOR COLLABORATIONS WITH OTHER INSTITUTIONS ORD was also involved in a collection of projects related to expanding FSU’s collaborations with other institutions in 2020-21. In the first project, we broadened participation in our Collaborative Collision program by extending an invitation to FAMU researchers which proved valuable several months later when we learned of a potential major funding opportunity and were able to credibly engage FAMU as a partner. In the second project, ORD was approached by a team of researchers from the UF-FSU CTSA Hub’s Network Science
team and invited to collaborate on the development of an intervention that paired natural language processing of publication abstracts with Strategic Doing to create new research collaborations focused on Health and AI. The resulting “Intelligent Collaborations” model was piloted in May 2021 and planned again for the fall semester. Finally, several members of ORD have recently volunteered to participate in the Florida Research Development Alliance’s interdisciplinary collaborations committee in organizing a statewide interdisciplinary networking event in 2021-22. This will provide an excellent opportunity to both showcase the quality of FSU researchers to a statewide audience, as well as build connections between regional institutions.
PROMOTING EXTERNAL PRESTIGIOUS AND CYCLICAL AWARD OPPORTUNITIES In partnership with the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement, ORD is committed to encouraging faculty members to apply for awards identified as particularly prestigious by the Top American Research Universities (TARU)/Center for Measuring University Performance (CMUP) and/ or other bodies. Such awards honor faculty members’ achievements, elevate FSU’s national profile, and increase the university’s rankings. TARU announcements and other key funding opportunities are highlighted on the ORD monthly web bulletin and in our bimonthly office newsletter, The Research Development Digest, as well as in the Office of Research’s monthly newsletter. This past year, we also deployed a new web tracker to help FSU faculty identify TARU and other key funding opportunities. The web tracker features a user-friendly search function, clear award specifications, and tabs for separating programs with firm application deadlines from those with rolling submissions.
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Investing in Promising New Ideas and Researchers MANAGING THE INTERNAL FUNDING PROGRAMS OF THE COUNCIL ON RESEARCH AND CREATIVITY (CRC) Florida State University is unique nationally in the volume and diversity of internal funding programs offered through the Office of Research. Most of those programs are administered and maintained by Grace Adkison, the Program Manager of the Council on Research and Creativity (CRC), who oversees every aspect from budget forecasting and long-term planning to daily faculty and staff communications and proposal reviews. The volume of CRC activities has consistently increased for several years, creating a need for additional staff to maintain the level of high-quality service our faculty have come to expect. To address this, Laurie O’Brien joined ORD part-time in January 2021 as the CRC Program Assistant. Laurie has quickly adapted to her role, which has allowed for even faster turnaround times in getting necessary information out to research faculty and staff. As with our other programs, the CRC’s operations remained completely virtual this past year with monthly member meetings being held via Zoom. The First Year Assistant Professor Workshop, the most prominent event sponsored by the CRC, was also transformed to a virtual format. The first two sessions of the Workshop were held live via Zoom, with informative question-andanswer segments on both the internal funding available to the new faculty as well as external funding guidance specific to their area of work. A 10 | 2020–2021 ANNUAL REPORT
“Dear Grace, Thank you for the communication on the committee’s decision. Above all, I want to say thank you very much for all the help you gave me during the process of preparing the application and submitting it. Thanks again for your professionalism and immense generosity that you have for others. I imagine that all the people whom you are related professionally at FSU must think very highly of you.… ¡Muchísimas gracias!” — Juan-Carlos Galeano, Professor, Modern Languages & Linguistics
pre-recorded grant writing information session was also made available to faculty. In January 2021, the CRC reached its 40th anniversary. The Program Manager recognized this important milestone by creating a new logo and brand design for the CRC. Along with this milestone was also the realization of the need to digitally archive several decades of paper records related to the CRC. Over the course of the year, staff and student assistants combed through old paper records, scanning, compiling, and organizing them for safekeeping and future reference. This has also complemented ongoing efforts to document processes which are a necessary part of keeping the internal funding programs running.
In 2021, “CRC Info Sessions” were held via Zoom for interested departments. These hour-long sessions were geared specifically for that department’s interests and questions related to CRC programs and proved to be very successful in helping faculty identify the appropriate CRC internal funding program(s) for their work. Info Sessions will continue to be held in the upcoming year at the request of CRC members or Departments.
CRC STATISTICS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021 n Proposals Submitted: 213 competitive grants; 20 honorary nominations n Proposals Qualifying for technical pre-review: 138 competitive grants; 20 honorary nominations n Proposals Awarded: 158 competitive grants; 8 honorary awards n Total Award Budget Allocated: $4,045,000 (EIEG and CRC accounts were combined this year to streamline the funding allocation and budgeting process.) n Total Award Budget Funds Awarded: $3,477,312 n Number of Extension and Amendment Requests: approximately 65 As we continue to work through the ever-changing pandemic situation, the CRC program staff remain flexible to pivot plans from in-person to virtual as deemed appropriate. With multiple channels of communication continuing to be essential, enhancing the digital presence of the CRC internal funding programs will be a high priority in the coming year. We have already begun by creating a Twitter account as well as working to update and redesign the current CRC website.
COLLABORATIVE COLLISION SEED FUND The Collaborative Collision seed fund provides funding to catalyze the development of new interdisciplinary teams that form as a result of connections made at ORD’s Collaborative Collision events. Seed fund grants are intended to allow a new team to position themselves to seek external funding within one year of the conclusion of an award. This program has now made 33 total awards, the majority of which were made under the Collaborative Collision: COVID-19 Seed Fund in May 2020. Preliminary reports indicate that the program has been very successful in generating new research activity focused on addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 26 awarded projects reported a total of 79 publications and/or grant proposals planned or submitted, and projects related to the impact of social distancing on hurricane evacuations and pandemic-related Asian-American hate crimes received national media attention. In addition to the COVID-19 Seed Fund projects, awards made under the Defense (2019) and Disaster Resiliency (2019) Seed Funds also completed work in 2020-2021. Awards made under Children and Families (2019), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (2020), and Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (2020) are currently ongoing. An additional seven proposals from Health 2021 are currently under review and will represent the final awards made under the Collaborative Collision Seed Fund prior to the transition to the Collaborative Accelerator model in Fall 2021.
EARLY CAREER RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM Through the Early Career Research Development Program, ORD provides new faculty an orientation to research support and resources, assesses and understands their needs, and provides one-onOFFICE OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT | 11
This graphic illustrates the life cycle of the Early Career Research Development Program.
one consultations to address those needs throughout their first academic year. In 2020-21, 25 FYAPs, three new research faculty and three new specialized faculty participated in the program, with an additional 27 follow-up meetings conducted with prior participants to further address faculty needs based on initial meetings. Throughout 2020-21 we will continue to provide this program to assistant professors and research faculty to help them navigate FSU and ensure that they feel fully supported in their quest to advance their research program and career goals. In collaboration with Office of Faculty Development and Advancement, ORD offered a CANVAS course (with synchronous and asynchronous components) to all “new faculty” across all disciplines and all tracks. The course covered topics including grants/fellowships/awards, academic time management, developing a writing
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routine, ensuring access/promoting diversity, mentorship networks, and healthy and productive engagement. Nearly 50 faculty from all career levels took the course, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, teaching faculty, and research associates. We will offer this course again in 202122 and provide social networking opportunities to both this year and last year’s cohorts.
“I gained insights into strategies for crafting my white paper as well as new information about the different services that the ORD offers. It was useful to create a timeline and plan to incorporate feedback from within the department and from the ORD that facilitates grant due dates.” — Response from feedback survey
Preparing Researchers Through Training and Other Learning Opportunities
researchers sharing experiences from their academic careers. This focus on the research journey transcends disciplines and allows the audience to learn best practices from other faculty in a user-friendly format. Journeys in Research currently features nine episodes, and is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Podbean.
WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS ORD is committed to offering workshops and trainings, which we consider some of the most effective ways for us to support FSU researchers’ professional development. Our workshops have always been very well attended, but the switch to virtual delivery in 2020 was accompanied by an 83% increase in attendance. We learned through both observation and our recent ORD survey that faculty prefer a hybrid approach to training, and we plan to continue to include virtual meetings in our regular programs going forward.
In 2020-21, ORD published 9 podcast episodes that have received a total of 277 downloads. Caption for FSU Research Mentor Academy:
UNIQUE WORKSHOPS FACILITATED BY ORD DURING 2020 – 2021 YEAR: n CRC First Year Assistant Professor Workshop (Sept. 11, 2020)
In 2020-2021, ORD provided a total of 22 unique webinars and events, including two half-day workshops for NSF CAREER and NIH R01 funding opportunities, as well as multi-day mentor trainings. We averaged seven events in each of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Our slate of workshops was headlined by multiple presentations from funding agency program officers. We are especially proud to have featured four program officers who are FSU alumni, including Dr. Tara Schwetz, Assistant Director for Biomedical Science Initiatives at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Dr. Meaghan Brown, Program Officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
n Responsible Conduct of Research Webinar Series, assisting the Office of Research Compliance (Sept. through Oct. 2020)
We also launched the Journeys in Research podcast in Fall 2020, which features senior FSU
n Finding Funding in the Arts & Humanities (Jan. 28, 2021)
n Collaborative Collision: Anti-Racism, Equity, and Inclusion (Oct. 15, 2020) n Navigating ClinicalTrials.gov, in collaboration with the Office of Clinical Research Advancement (Oct. 21, 2020) n Partnering with State Agencies (Nov. 17, 2020) n Collaborative Collision: Technology and Society (Dec. 2, 2020) n NASA and DOE Early Career Discussion (Dec. 11, 2020)
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n Research Mentor Academy – Postponed Spring 2020 – Behavioral and Medical Sciences and NIH T32 and K Award Mentors (Jan. 20 and 27, 2021; Feb. 3 and 10, 2021) n National Endowment for the Humanities Funding Opportunities (Feb. 5, 2021)
n Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: Funding Opportunities with the DOE (May 26, 2021) n Research Mentor Academy – STEM (Mar. 31, 2021; Apr. 7, 14, and 21, 2021)
n Partnering with Industry (Feb. 16, 2021)
n Strengthening your NIH R01 Proposal (Jun. 3, 2021)
n Collaborative Collision: Climate Solutions (Mar. 3, 2021)
n Tips for Creating a Strong Proposal Budget (Jun. 24, 2021)
n NSF CAREER (Mar. 11, 2021)
n Methodologies Under the Microscope: Randomized Controlled Trials (Jul. 13, 2021)
n Resubmitting to the National Institutes of Health (Mar. 23, 2021) n Collaborative Collision: Health (three-day event) (Apr. 6 through 8, 2021)
FSU RESEARCH MENTOR ACADEMY The FSU Research Mentor Academy promotes a culture of support for research mentoring and provides training in optimizing mentoring relationships at all research career levels. In the Research Mentor Academy, faculty members are taught how to mentor researchers within a dyad or research teams, small or large. They are taught skills, such as aligning expectations and maintaining effective communication, to achieve research success. The Research Mentor Academy has also been beneficial in FSU’s pursuit of external funding, supporting proposals to NSF ADVANCE, NIH FIRST, ACS Bridge Program, NSF S-STEM, and IES, as well as supporting faculty nominations for awards, and the competitive renewal of FSU’s Program in Neuroscience NIH T32 award. 14 | 2020–2021 ANNUAL REPORT
n Research Mentor Academy – Humanities (Jul. 26 through 28, 2021) n Finding Funding 101 (Aug. 3, 2021)
Three cohorts, totaling 25 faculty, have now completed this interactive, process-based training, including Assistant, Associate, and Full professors across diverse disciplines. We plan to conduct the Research Mentor Academy this fall at New Faculty Orientation, in the spring semester with faculty who are mentors on training grants and other mentors in STEM, and in the summer of 2022 with a focus on humanities, social sciences, or both.
“I think is important to intermittently undergo these types of trainings no matter what experience stage of mentoring you have had. Refreshment of how you can enhance collegial supervision of your trainees is important for the health of your scientific team and their success as young professionals. I thought our facilitator (Rachel) was excellent - she knew when to step in to move conversation forward and when it was fine to let us have insightful discourse with each other. Super job.” — Academy Participant
Equipping Researchers with Useful and Relevant Resources The Office of Research Development website (ord. fsu.edu) is arguably the most robust and detailed Research Development website in the country. With literally hundreds of pages of research support and services, the website itself is a vital part of FSU’s research infrastructure. Below are some changes and additions we have made to our site over the past year in addition to those already mentioned in other sections.
NEW ON-DEMAND LEARNING WEBSITE
IMPROVED PROPOSAL SERVICES WEBPAGE
NEW FINDING FUNDING MODULE
In 2021 we completed a comprehensive rebranding of ORD’s proposal development services under our new Proposal Services webpage. This page now serves as a convenient place for researchers to explore the various services we offer, select a “package” that fits their needs, and get started by contacting the appropriate member of ORD. Services are organized into planning, production, and proofing.
Our virtual workshops and trainings, as well as recordings of prior events, represent an opportunity to give past materials a second life through the creation of the On-Demand Learning portal. This new site allows our researchers to view learning modules when, where, and how they need them. Over 60 recordings are searchable by speakers, topics, or keyword.
This year, ORD created a Finding Funding Module for researchers, staff, and students. This module provides important information and tips on applying for different types of funding (federal, state, private/non-profit) and the different ways funding opportunities can be located at FSU as well as grant writing tips. This new resource supplements our efforts to provide personal funding searches and train individuals and groups on best practices using the Pivot funding database.
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ORD BY THE NUMBERS
MEETINGS AND PRESENTATIONS
VISITS TO ORD WEBSITES
CRC PROPOSALS RECEIVED
TRAININGS & WORKSHOPS
*76 full proposals edited plus 129 CRC pre-proposal reviews completed
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Beth Hodges Director
Rachel Goff-Albritton Assistant Director
Evangeline Ciupek Professional Development and Resource Specialist
Grace Adkison Program Manager FSU Council on Research and Creativity
Carolyn Bradley Proposal Development and Funding Specialist
Mike Mitchell Strategic Initiatives Manager
Laurie O’Brien Program Assistant: Council on Research and Creativity
ORD staff members are dedicated, professional, and, more than ever, very busy. This past year, we welcomed Dr. Carolyn Bradley to our staff as Proposal Development and Funding Specialist, as well as Laurie O’Brien, who works with us as a part-time Program Assistant for the Council on Research and Creativity’s internal funding programs.
ORD is fortunate to have outstanding students as part of our team. These students’ contributions allow ORD to be able to take on more assignments while maintaining high levels of performance. At the same time, the students gain valuable skills that they can carry into their professional lives. This year, we were thrilled to have Anthony Gomez and Cece Pierre return to us for their senior years. We also welcomed Damamli Dorsey and Tionna Winn (not pictured) as well as Ashley Gill and Alexia Bejarano (not pictured). OFFICE OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT | 17
Communication and Outreach ORD HAS ENGAGED IN THE FOLLOWING COMMUNICATION AND OUTREACH AVENUES THIS YEAR: nP rovided consultations and guidance to faculty both one-on-one and in groups through Zoom and Teams meetings, emails, the ORD listserv, the ORD Twitter feed, and our website (ord.fsu.edu) n Met with college deans and department chairs to introduce ORD’s services n Continued to reach out to department chairs to facilitate meetings with faculty groups nC oordinated the semesterly Research Development Partners (RDP) luncheon series to interact with other university staff to share information and resources nC ontributed articles in the monthly Office of Research Newsletter n Presented twice at the HR-Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion lunch and learn series nL aunched a new bi-monthly newsletter specifically for FSU’s faculty and researchers called Research Development Digest to highlight important research resources, services, upcoming events, and upcoming external and internal funding deadlines In the year ahead, we will continue to be intentional with our efforts to promote our services, resources, and events. We are currently working with staff in OVPR Communications to explore new and better ways to disseminate information to the research community.
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Service to the University and to the Research Development Profession ORD staff continue to serve the university and RD community beyond the boundaries of our office. Below are some of the initiatives we were engaged in during the past year, as well as accolades given to our staff members. BETH HODGES • President, Florida Research Development Alliance • Session Presenter at the 2021 National Organization for Research Development Professionals (NORDP) Annual National Conference • Member, FSU RAMP Advisory Committee, Remote Worker University Committee, and Research Exposure Strategies (REST) Task Force • Co-Chair, FSU Resilience and Recovery Working Group • Executive Committee Member, FSU Carothers Lecture Series • Governance Advisory Board Member, FSU Early Head Start • Named External Advisor on IMLS grant RACHEL GOFF-ALBRITTON • 2021 Recipient of Rising Star Award, National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) • Member/Mentor, NORDP Mentoring Committee; Mentoring Training Subcommittee • Affiliate, Institute for Successful Longevity • Member, Florida Research Development Alliance • Mentor/Supervisor, FSU Writing and Editing Program Student • Office of Research Liaison for CTSA Award Program; Team Lead, Research Mentor Academy • Reviewer, Human Subjects Research and research/ funded travel related COVID Precautions MIKE MITCHELL • 2021 Notable Noles Young Alumni Award (Thirty under 30), FSU Alumni Association • 2021 Jeffrey A. Gabor Superior Accomplishment Award, FSU research division • Committee Chair, FLoRDA Interdisciplinary Networking Committee
• Steering Committee, FAMU-FSU Gulf Scholars Program • Facilitator, Diversity and Inclusion in Research, Center for Global Engagement • Member, FSU Research Pathways Working Group & REST University Committees • Member, International Network for the Science of Team Science • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science GRACE ADKISON • Member, Florida Research Development Alliance • Member, FloRDA Interdisciplinary Networking committee • Member, FSU Research Development Partners Working Group • Member, National Organization of Research Development Professionals EVANGELINE CIUPEK • Copy Editor, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Annual Report • Member, Florida Research Development Alliance • Member and Facilitator, FSU Research Development Partners Working Group • Member, National Organization of Research Development Professionals • Member, FloRDA Interdisciplinary Networking Committee • Member, ORCID Outreach Task Force CAROLYN BRADLEY • Member, Florida Research Development Alliance • Member, FSU Research Development Partners Working Group • Member, National Organization of Research Development Professionals • Member, FloRDA Interdisciplinary Networking Committee OFFICE OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT | 19
LOOKING FORWARD As we look to the year ahead, we see many exciting changes and challenges before us. At our annual retreat this past July, we embarked upon a methodical rethinking of our mission statement to align with identified current researcher needs. In this coming year and beyond, we will be developing and implementing a range of new activities and actions to help research creativity continue to thrive at FSU. As we continue to invest in our relationships with FSU faculty and expand our services and programs, we know that ultimately our efforts will be measured by the impact we have made. It is our hope that as FSU looks at increasing its research impact, ORD will be recognized as an integral component which can help make this become a reality.
Our mission is to STRENGTHEN RESEARCH COMPETITIVENESS. To this end, we are devoted to equipping researchers for success, building connections, investing in promising new ideas and research, and promoting a culture which helps research to flourish.
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