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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Benefits

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)) 

Eligibility

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

Upcoming Webinars

Fall 2020 Webinars


September 3  Applying to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)

Are you interested in applying to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Implementation (MRI) program? In this webinar, RIO staff will discuss the nuts and bolts of the application process, including the two instrumentation tracks, requirements and internal competition deadlines. Successful MRI recipients will discuss winning strategies and will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the application process – both for the internal campus competition and submitting to NSF.

  • Who: All faculty members
  • When: September 3, 2020, 10:00-11:00am 
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

September 8  Early Career Funding Opportunities with Lewis-Burke Associates

In an increasingly competitive funding environment, opportunities exist to help researchers at the beginning stages of their careers. Join RIO and representatives from the DC-based government affairs firm Lewis-Burke Associates  for a discussion on specific early career opportunities, as well as their unique requirements, and strategies integral to successful proposals.

  • Who: All faculty members, especially Early Career Faculty members
  • When: September 8, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

September 15  Proposal Budgeting 101

What are allowable and allocable costs? What information is needed to show that a budget is reasonable and consistent? Find the answers to these questions and many more in this webinar! Please join the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) and the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) for a Proposal Budgeting 101 workshop for externally funded research, scholarship and creative work projects.

Senior OCG staff will provide an overview of the budget process for faculty and administrators looking to understand budget basics, including the federal and university policies that guide budget development. 

  • Who: All members of the CU Boulder Research Community
  • When: September 15, 2020, 11:00-1:00pm 
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

October 1  Finding Funding Using SPIN

Is your search for relevant funding opportunities time-consuming and onerous? Looking for a collaborator aligned with your research or creative work area?  Join the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) to learn how to get customized funding alerts delivered directly to your inbox. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to effectively search for funding opportunities using SPIN, CU Boulder’s primary funding platform. You will learn how to set up profile preferences, find relevant opportunities, and generate customized email alerts from SPIN.

  • Who: All faculty members
  • When: October 1, 2020, 10:00-11:00am
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

October 8  Applying to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering or the W.M. Keck Foundation Research Grant Program

Have you been working on a project that has high potential, but is also high-risk? If so, your research may be a good fit for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering, or the W.M. Keck Foundation Research Grant Program. Each of these limited submission funding opportunities seek to fund high-risk, high-reward research with the potential to impact the world positively. In this webinar, RIO staff will discuss the application details and deadlines, and former grant recipients will discuss their successful strategies, and answer any questions that you may have about submitting a proposal to the internal and external competitions.

  • Who: All faculty members
  • When: October 8, 2020, 10:00-11:00am 
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

October 13 How to Talk to a Program Officer with Lewis-Burke Associates

As many experienced researchers will tell you, developing a positive relationship with a Program Officer can have long lasting, beneficial impacts on your career. But how do you start to develop a relationship? Join RIO and representatives from the DC-based government affairs firm Lewis Burke Associates  in this conversation about how to contact, communicate with, and develop a relationship with your Program Officer.  

  • Who: All faculty members
  • When: October 13, 2020, 1:00-2:00pm
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

     

November 10 Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program Information Session

Join the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) for a discussion about the Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program. Designed to catalyze new areas of research, scholarship and creative work, the Seed Grant Program awards nearly $1 million annually to CU Boulder faculty across all disciplines. At this event, RIO will convene a panel of previous Seed Grant recipients and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from previous grantees about their experience securing a Research & Innovation Seed Grant.

  • Who: All faculty members
  • When: November 10, 2020, 10:00-11:00am
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

November 12 ► Recycle Your Proposal Using Dimensions 

Have you been developing a proposal over the course of the summer? Be sure that you’re getting the most out of your hard work! Join Donna Axel in this 20 minute, interactive webinar where you will use an existing project summary paragraph to find relevant funding opportunities using Dimensions. Dimensions is one of numerous funding databases that CU provides to its research and creative work communities, and can be a valuable tool for finding funding for your project. Please come prepared with an abstract or project summary and your CU Boulder login credentials. 

  • Who: All faculty members 
  • When: November 10, 2020, 10:00-10:30am
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here 

November 17  The 2020 Election and The Future of the Research Funding Landscape with Lewis-Burke Associates

Knowing more about the upcoming federal funding landscape is crucial to developing your own strategy to putting forward research proposals. Join RIO and representatives from Lewis-Burke Associates in this discussion on upcoming federal funding priorities and recent trends, as well as strategies to succeed in today’s political climate. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity

  • Who: All faculty members
  • When: November 17, 2020, 9:00-10:00am
  • Where: This webinar will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

Are you considering brushing up on your grant writing skills? Are you hoping to demystify the grant writing or review process? Join RIO Proposal Writer Jim Mazzouccolo in this webinar series that will help you to identify and satisfy review requirements and clarify your writing. Whether you choose to attend each webinar or sharpen specific skills, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to improve your grant writing skills. 

September 23  ► Planning Before You Write

Competitive proposals are planned out well before writing begins. This session will give an overview of how investigators can prepare before responding to a solicitation.Competitive proposals are planned out well before writing begins. This session will give an overview of how investigators can prepare before responding to a solicitation. 

  • Who: All Faculty Members
  • When: Wednesday, September 23, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

September 30 ► Knowing Your Audience and Review Criteria 

Incorporating funder language and directly addressing stated review criteria increase proposal competitiveness. This session will address where this language can be found, as well as providing methods for addressing review criteria.

  • Who: All faculty
  • When: Wednesday September 30, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

October 7 ► Explaining the Project in One Paragraph

A robust, one paragraph description of your project can quickly garner reviewer interest. Participants will be introduced to the necessary elements for creating a compelling one paragraph description.

  • Who: All faculty
  • When: Wednesday, October 7, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

October 14 ► Writing a One Page Project Summary

The “one pager” has multiple uses and is arguably more difficult to write than other proposal components. In this session participants will learn best practices for drafting a compelling “one pager.”

  • Who: All faculty
  • When: Wednesday, October 14, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here

October 21 ► Keeping the Narrative Simple

A project narrative that is easy to read is one that is more likely to be read. In this session we’ll cover the concepts of word choice, transitions, and narrative flow.

  • Who: All faculty
  • When: Wednesday, October 21, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here 

October 28 ► Sustaining Your Argument

Take advantage of opportunities to remind the reviewer of the value of your project. In this session we’ll discuss where these opportunities arise throughout the proposal writing process, and how to use them.

  • Who: All faculty
  • When: Wednesday October 28, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Where: This event will be hosted via Zoom
  • Registration: Register Here 

 

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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.