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 100 PI Academy graduates across campus, and over 20 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:

  • Faculty Network—Build a network with faculty leaders and peers from across campus.
  • Workshops—Priority workshop registration.
  • Strategic Career and Research Coaching—One-on-one coaching on strategies to develop your individual research, scholarly or creative work plan.
  • Identify Funding—One-on-one assistance in identifying relevant funding opportunities.
  • Get to Know Campus Leaders—Roundtable discussions with campus leaders; past sessions have included the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation and Associate Deans for Research.
  • FRPA Reportable—Certificate of Completion (reportable on your annual Faculty Report of Professional Activities). 


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.

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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.