In its second year, the Research Development Series will focus this fall on topics designed to help researchers identify international research partners, solve complex problems through convergence research, and understand the value of team science from a federal agency perspective.

"The continuation of the Research Development Series provides important support for the Virginia Tech research community,” said Dan Sui, vice president for research and innovation at Virginia Tech. “I am excited about the external and internal thought leaders who will share their expertise on topics to better prepare researchers for success and learn how to expand their research portfolios by collaborating across diverse disciplines.”

In January 2021, the Office for Research and Innovation launched its Research Development Series to help faculty in their journey to increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio. With events focused on different facets of sponsored research, from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to work with partners, this webinar series will answer researcher’s biggest questions and enlighten scholars at every step in their career.

Over the past academic year, the series was held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year series events will be held in a hybrid format with both in-person and zoom options available. While series topics are geared toward researchers, the broader Virginia Tech community is also invited to attend. Recordings of previous events can be watched here. For more information and future research-focused event listings, visit the events and programs page.

Research Development Series: Identifying International Research Partners

Sept. 22, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon

Researchers are invited to learn about opportunities to advance research and scholarship through partnerships with international collaborators. Panelists will share their experiences and advice for identifying, making connections, and developing relationships with international research partners, and will describe existing programs and resources to support researchers in their endeavors. Panel discussion will be followed with Q&A. Panelists Guru Ghosh, vice president of Outreach and International Affairs; Brady Deaton, interim executive director for the Center for International Research, Education, and Development; Kathy Alexander, the William E. Lavery Professor in the College of Natural Resources and Environment; Yannis Stivachtis, the The Jean Monnet Chair of political science and director of International Studies, School of Public and International Affairs; and John Talerico, director and facility security officer in the Office of Export and Secure Research Compliance, will share experiences and advice for identifying, making connections, and developing relationships with international research partners.

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Research Development Series: Solving Complex Problems Through Convergence Research

Oct. 7, 2021 | 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) was identified in 2016 as one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. Convergence research is a means of solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. At this event, Doug Maughan, who leads National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Office, will share how the NSF is supporting researchers who address compelling problems by integrating knowledge across disciplines. Discussion will be followed by Q&A.

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Research Development Series: Team Science

Nov 2, 2021 | 3 - 4:30 p.m. 

Today, modern research methods are more specialized and the world’s problems are more complex, requiring minds from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to come together in the form of team science. At this event, researchers are invited to learn how to succeed in the new landscape of team science, where true collaboration requires joint ownership and collective responsibility. Michelle Bennett, director the Center for Research Strategy in the National Cancer Institute's National Health Institute and internationally recognized expert in team science, will share what she has learned about high-performing, highly integrated research teams, and how to thrive in a collaborative environment. Discussion will be followed with Q&A.

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