Alicia (pronunciation: a-li-cia) is the frontline point of contact for RIO and helps resolve your questions. With almost 10 years of experience in research development, Alicia’s passion lies in helping faculty reach their potential. She coordinates the PI Academy, Broader Impacts Network, center authorizations and reauthorizations, prestigious nominations, webinars and workshops, and manages RIO’s Faculty Conference and Travel Grant programs. As a first-generation college graduate and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, Alicia is a safe space to reach out to with any of your research questions, big or small.
Donna is a proposal writer, editor and research development specialist, supporting arts, humanities and social sciences faculty draft the narrative portions of proposals. She runs annual Fellowship Writing & Peer Editing Programs for NEH, ACLS, NHC, SHC, Fulbright and more, and also teaches faculty, staff and students how to identify funding opportunities. Trained as a public interest lawyer, Donna worked in the U.N. arena and published in the areas of the International Criminal Court, efficacy of drug courts and law and environmental issues. Donna is pleased to bring her grant writing skills—honed over 20 years of working with nonprofits—to CU Boulder.
Since August of 2016, Diane has been a proposal writer and editor working on high-dollar, complex, multi-disciplinary proposals, including center proposals. She helps faculty and project teams across campus produce high-quality, competitive proposals, providing assistance with development, editing and proofreading as needed. Diane runs RIO’s annual NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program for early-career faculty and works with winners of limited submission campus competitions. A former English teacher, Diane worked in nonprofit advancement and marketing for more than 26 years, including thirteen years writing and editing proposals to philanthropic foundations.
Gijs de Boer is the director of national laboratory partnerships and a senior research scientist in CIRES and NOAA. In this newly created role for RIO, Gijs serves as the linchpin between CU Boulder and DOE’s national laboratories, deepening existing relationships and fostering new ones. He represents CU Boulder at national laboratory events, conferences, workshops and other functions to advance campus interests. Contact Gijs for any DOE federal laboratory needs you may have.
Jim is a proposal writer, editor and research development strategist supporting campus, the Center for Translational Research, the Anschutz Boulder (AB) Nexus, and also provides proposal writing seminars for faculty and postdocs. His goal is to strengthen the competitiveness of research proposals by providing stylistic, structural, substantive editing from the perspective of an educated, non-SME reviewer. Jim has over 13 years of experience in research and faculty development and reviews National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and various foundation proposals. Jim takes great pride in assisting researchers—particularly early career researchers—so do not hesitate to contact him.
Lisa is a research development strategist who serves as the CU Boulder lead for the Anschutz Boulder (AB) Nexus, works to develop RIO’s strategic intelligence capacity and provides support to the bioscience research community. Lisa has devoted her career to developing interdisciplinary bioscience research programs at top R1 universities across the US, facilitating the development of collaborative partnerships and working with teams engaged in biomedical research. Reach out to Lisa to learn about AB Nexus, resources and support for intercampus research and funding and engagement opportunities focused on human health and wellbeing.
Ryan is a “utility player,” supporting the associate and assistant vice chancellors for research with various initiatives for RIO and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA). Bringing over 15 years of experience in the federal funding realm, Ryan manages the Research & Innovation Seed Grant ($1M) and over 80 limited submission competitions annually, helping yield millions in external funding. For OPA, he works to develop the next generation of scientists through professional development programs and advocates for postdocs at the campus level. Reach out to Ryan with any questions about the Research & Innovation Seed Grant, research development, postdoc or general needs.
Karen is an associate vice chancellor for research and the ringleader for Boulder’s research development team. Karen takes a hands-on, strategic and personalized approach to help faculty identify and achieve their research goals. With nearly 15 years of experience in university administration, Karen is energized by emerging research trends, connecting the dots and collaborative teams. Contact Karen with questions about the federal funding landscape, identifying collaborators, institutional resources, new initiatives and suggestions for how RIO can better serve campus.