PI AcademyIn the fall of 2017, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) launched the Principal Investigator (PI) Academy program to orient early career, tenure-track faculty to CU Boulder’s research community and resources. Through the PI Academy, presenters and facilitators actively engage faculty on a number of “core” research topics to ensure early investigators are well-positioned to apply for and secure external funding for their research, scholarly and creative endeavors. 

Since fall 2017, PI Academy has had great success, more than doubling in participation from its first to second year. There are over a dozen PI Academy graduates across campus, and over 50 more current participants. Graduates and participants represent a range of departments, colleges and institutes, with participants from the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering & Applied Science and the College of Media, Communication and Information.

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Participation in the PI Academy includes the following benefits:

  • The opportunity to build a network of faculty leaders from across the campus
  • Priority registration for RIO Workshops – 4 each semester, breakfast/lunch provided
  • Coaching to explore strategies to develop your individual research plan
  • One-on-one assistance to identify targeted funding opportunities
  • Roundtable discussions with campus leaders, including the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation; Associate Deans for Research; and Institute Directors – among others
  • Certificate of Completion (signed by the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation and your College Dean; reportable on your Faculty Report of Professional Activities (FRPA)) 


The PI Academy is geared toward tenure-track faculty who are within the first three years of their CU Boulder academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or the equivalent. If you are interested in participating, but do not fall into this category, please contact the RIO Research Development Team at: rio@colorado.edu.

Registration & Requirements

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Note: In addition to the workshops and panel discussions, there will be a mandatory PI Academy Kickoff Luncheon (1.5 hours) in Fall 2019 - date TBD. 

To receive a Certificate of Completion, faculty must attend a minimum of 6 different PI Academy workshops over an 18-month period.

PI Academy Workshops

Please visit the RIO Research Funding Workshops webpage to see upcoming and past PI Academy eligible workshops.

Upcoming PI Academy Workshops

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Past PI Academy Workshops & Materials

Faculty Grant Writing Groups

Grant writing is an important aspect in the careers of faculty members across campus, however, it often takes a back seat to other faculty responsibilities. Given the significance of grant writing to early career faculty advancement, the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) recognizes the importance of supporting faculty grant writing efforts through facilitating faculty grant writing groups.

Faculty grant writing groups provide dedicated time and space for faculty members to write, hold oneself (and one another) accountable on writing goals, exchange ideas across disciplines, and receive peer support and feedback on writing efforts.

Visit RIO's Faculty Grant Writing Groups webpage to learn more. Sign up to join or start a new faculty grant writing group. 

Fill out this interest form to join or start a faculty grant writing group.

Please note that writing groups typically form in August/September, December, and May, so it is a good idea to indicate your interest in one of these months.