Dr Jordan Farrar assistant director of research development ORS
Jordan Farrar, PhD, MSW, assistant director of research development in the the Office of Research Services, is the face behind the Faculty Grants Academy.

New Faculty Grants Academy to Support and Empower CU Denver Researchers

August 2, 2023

Researchers shape our future by finding solutions to society’s biggest problems, whether that be climate change, social inequity, health care, and many others. But finding solutions often requires financial support, which means researchers must be savvy at going after—and landing—research grants.

To help our faculty secure funding for their important work, the Office of Research Services (ORS) is launching the Faculty Grants Academy. In this series of workshops, faculty will be guided through the entire grant and research cycle, from ideation to developing and submitting a grant proposal to communicating findings. Participants will learn about the many resources available at CU Denver and other agencies and, most importantly, how to tap into them. The workshops will also cover roles and responsibilities expected from researchers and research administrators as well as the processes and workflows for successful proposal submission.

Faculty Grants Academy

Workshops will occur monthly from September 2023 through April 2024. Interested faculty can register on the ORS website.

  • When:
    12 – 2 p.m.
    Friday, Sept. 15; Friday, Oct. 27; and Friday, Nov. 17
    The 2024 spring semester calendar (January through April) will be confirmed once class schedules are set.
  • Where:
    Student Commons Building, Room 1600
    Participants are asked to attend all sessions in person; presentation decks and recordings will be made available afterwards.
  • Topics Covered:
    • University resources and researcher responsibilities of faculty research leads/principal investigator (PI)
    • Finding funding internally/externally and how to read a request for proposal (RFP)
    • Generating a fundable idea and team science (including brainstorming and pitching)
    • Proposal development, budgeting, CU protocols, and pre-award responsibilities
    • Research compliance policies and sponsorship guidelines, as well as regulatory processes
    • Post-award next steps, including delineation of roles and responsibilities
    • Career development resources, strategies on promoting work, and leveraging professional networks
  • Tip: We encourage you to bring a sack lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided.

Jordan Farrar, PhD, MSW, assistant director of research development in the ORS, is the face behind this program. As a translational social scientist with more than 15 years of experience in investigating intercultural relations, she is focused on supporting team science approaches, finding cross-functional collaborations, and making sure faculty understand what resources are available. “I want people to come away feeling confident as they take on their next project—be it in a lab or writing a book,” said Farrar. “Feedback is going to be critical because a training program is only as good as what you get out of it.”

I want people to come away feeling confident as they take on their next project—be it in a lab or writing a book.

Jordan Farrar, Assistant Director of Research Development

There will be ample opportunities to give feedback and suggestions on other information or topics researchers would like to know more about. These ideas will fuel future Faculty Grants Academy modules. Examples of first-rate proposals and requests for proposals, as well as forms to streamline processes, are also being assembled so researchers do not have to start from scratch each time.

At CU Denver, we pride ourselves on conducting research that matters. By working together, we can better understand and improve our world. Sign up to attend the Faculty Grants Academy and take your research to the next level.