August 15, 2018
Funding Connection

ORSP is now ORD
What’s in a name? Plenty, if it comes to your audience being able to find your office and understand its mission.

For this reason, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in 102 Fairchild Hall, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Research, is changing its name effective with the fall 2018 semester, to the  Office of Research Development .

The old name is overly broad and doesn’t describe what we do. It suggests the entire OVPR operation, and it creates confusion with the university’s post-award fiscal administration unit, the Sponsored Programs Accounting Office. (SPA is an entirely different entity that is under the VP for Administration and Finance.)

What is done by the team in 102 Fairchild is more properly described as  research development ; that is, we work with faculty members to help develop their research ideas, identify appropriate funding opportunities, find collaborators, and craft their proposals. Development Directors Joel Anderson, Mary Lou Marino, and I all work with individual faculty members and groups, as well as conduct training and familiarization sessions about specific funding sources and opportunities, facilitate the early career faculty trip to Washington, D.C. funding agencies, and coordinate with associate deans for research in the colleges on research-related topics. We work with the Graduate School and K-State Postdoctoral Association on events for graduate students and postdocs.

In addition, ORD will continue to conduct the internal small grants programs, Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants, and manage the limited submissions process for opportunities for which the university is restricted to a certain number of applications. Our annotated listing of requests for proposals,  The Funding Connection , appears each Wednesday in the  Research Weekly newsletter.

Finally, our office manages the university subscription to Pivot, a customizable research profile tool that can be used to create personalized funding searches and an external facing web page with your research interests and capabilities, viewable through our new Pivot Gallery subscription.

ORSP’s name is changing, but our services remain the same , and we will continue to coordinate with other OVPR units including PreAward Services (proposal submission and contract negotiation), University Research Compliance Office (coordination of compliance training and approvals), and the Kansas State University Research Foundation/Institute for Commercialization (IP, patenting, licensing, and corporate relations).

Please also note that our group email accounts, and will be changing to and . The old ones will forward for a while.

— Beth Montelone, senior associate vice president for research
Events and announcements
  • Join us to celebrate the retirement of Rich Doan, grants and contracts administrator in PreAward Services, August 22 from 3:00 to 4:30 in Union 209. Rich has served K-State since 2000, and his retirement is effective August 25. Congratulations, Rich! 

  • Mark your calendar for upcoming training events from the Office of Research Development, formerly known as the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (see above!). 
  • An information session on internal grant programs is slated for September 5, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Union 207. Hear about the submission and review process for Faculty Development Award and University Small Research Grant programs. 
  • Hear about Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, opportunities September 13, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Union 206. This session will give a general overview of the agency and its six technical offices, provide information about the Young Faculty Award, provide examples of current solicitations, and more. Please register.

  • Attend a BioKansas Women in Science lunch, panel discussion, and networking session October 9 at the K-State Alumni Center from 11:30 to 1:30. Space is limited. Find more information and register. 
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