In 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.
Participation in the PI Academy includes the following benefits:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: To receive a Certificate of Completion, faculty must attend a minimum of 6 different PI Academy workshops over an 18-month period.
Fall 2021 Webinars
Amber Cassady of Lewis-Burke Associates will host a webinar on Thursday, September 23rd at 12:15 PM MT that provides an overview on how the Department of Defense (DOD) funds science and technology research and development. The overview will introduce DOD research and development organizations, funding agencies, programs, and strategies for interacting with the DOD agencies. The webinar will also advise on how to successfully compete for DOD research funds and provide follow on support for future engagement plans. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
Please register by 8 a.m. on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, to receive the Zoom link for the session.
The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) invites Faculty, Staff, postdocs, and students to learn how to set up funding alerts specific to your research through SPIN, an online database of funding opportunities. In this interactive workshop, Donna Axel of the Research & Innovation Office will walk you through logging in and setting up SPIN for optimal output of External Funding opportunities.
The Research and Innovation Office (RIO) invites Faculty, Staff, postdocs, and students to learn how to recycle your proposal using Dimensions, an innovative grants and funder database providing insights into research activities from multiple perspectives allowing CU Boulder stakeholders to analyze and understand the funding landscape across the U.S. and around the globe. In this interactive workshop, Donna Axel of the Research & Innovation Office will walk you through logging in and how to use Dimensions to achieve optimal results.
Led by the United States government in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, the Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach or pursue important research and professional projects.
Join us for an interactive virtual presentation on Thursday, October 28 to learn more about how to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program.
The discussion will be led by an Outreach & Recruitment Specialist from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.
As many experienced researchers will tell you, developing a positive relationship with a Federal Agency Program Officer can have long-lasting, beneficial impacts on your career. But how do you initiate contact?
Faculty at all four CU campuses are invited to join the Research and Innovation Office (RIO), the Office of Government Relations and representatives from Lewis-Burke Associates in this conversation about how to effectively communicate and develop a relationship with a Program Officer.
Lewis-Burke Associates (LBA) is a government relations firm advocating for the University of Colorado at the federal level.
Join the Research & Innovation Office 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 Boulder faculty across all disciplines. At this event, RIO will convene a panel of previous Seed Grant recipients; attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and hear from previous grantees about their experience securing a Research & Innovation Seed Grant.
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- Leveraging the Research & Innovation Office (RIO) to Accelerate Faculty Success ► September 9 & 15, 2021
- PI Academy Kickoff ► September 2, 2021
- CCTSI Pilot Grant Program Info Meeting ► September 1, 2021
- AB Nexus Research Collaboration Grant- Research Blitz Event ► August 19, 2021
- Expert Advice: Developing Successful MRSECs and IRGs ► April 13, 2021
- The 2020 Election and The Future of the Research Funding Landscape with Lewis-Burke Associates ► November 17, 2020
- Recycling Your Proposal Using Dimensions ► November 12, 2020
- Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program Information Session ► November 10, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Sustaining Your Argument ► October 28, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Keeping the Narrative Simple ► October 21, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Writing a One Page Project Summary ► October 14, 2020
- How to Talk to a Program Officer with Lewis-Burke Associates ► October 13, 2020
- Applying to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering or the W.M. Keck Foundation Research Grant Program ► October 8, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Explaining the Project in One Paragraph ► October 7, 2020
- Finding Funding Using SPIN ► October 1, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Knowing Your Audience and Review Criteria ► September 30, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Planning Before You Write ► September 23, 2020
- Proposal Budgeting 101 ► September 15, 2020
- Early Career Funding Opportunities with Lewis-Burke Associates ► September 8, 2020
- Applying to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) ► September 3, 2020
- Recycling Your Proposal Using Dimensions ► July 7, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Sustaining Your Argument ► June 30, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Keeping the Narrative Simple ► June 23, 2020
- RIO Coffee Break: Integrating NSF's 10 Big Ideas into Your Proposal ► June 18, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Writing a One Page Project Summary ► June 16, 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Explaining the Project in One Paragraph ► June 9, 2020
- RIO Coffee Break: Making the Most of Your Proposals: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle ► June 4 2020
- RIO Proposal Writing: Knowing Your Audience and Review Criteria ► June 2, 2020
- Introduction to the Shared Instrumentation Network ► May 28, 2020
- NSF Broader Impacts: Tips from a Former NSF Program Director ► April 14, 2020
- Finding Funding: SPIN, Dimensions and Foundation Directory Online ► April 9, 2020
- Mentoring Postdoctoral Associates & Fellows ► April 8, 2020
- Expectations and Accountability: The Advising Agreement ► March 20, 2020
- Proposal Budgeting 101 ► March 4, 2020
- NSF CAREER Commit-to-Submit Writing Program Kickoff ► February 19, 2020
- Understanding and Addressing Student Mental Health Concerns ► January 21, 2020
- PI Academy Strategic Career Planning ► November 11, 2019
- Applying to the Research & Innovation Seed Grant Program ► November 6, 2019
- Mentoring Series: Mentoring Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows ► November 5, 2019
- Conversation with Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez ► October 21, 2019
- Inside the NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) Program with Division Director Dr. Kon-Well Wang ► October 17, 2019
- Applying to the David & Lucile Packard Fellowships for Science and Engineering ► October 9, 2019
- Finding Funding: SPIN and Dimensions ► October 2, 2019
- Mentoring Series (1/3): Understanding and Addressing Student Mental Health Concerns in the Classroom ► September 25, 2019
- Applying to the NSF Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program ► September 24, 2019
- Accelerating Faculty Success: Working with the Research & Innovation Office ► September 9, 2019
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.
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.