The Research Development Series this fall will focus on topics designed to offer Virginia Tech researchers critical insight and guidance into the journey toward obtaining prestigious National Institutes of Health P-series grants, an overview of Virginia Tech’s support services and how to leverage them for success and career advancement, and an overview of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and establishing competitive multidisciplinary health-related research collaborations across campus.

In the fourth event, the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Erwin Gianchandani will discuss the new dictorate’s mission and the growing portfolio of funding opportunities in the context of fostering innovation and technology ecosystems, establishing translation pathways, and partnering to engage diverse talent.

"Vince Baranauskas, our senior research development coordinator, has led the effort with our research development team to plan an outstanding fall lineup for the third year of our Research Development Series,” said Dan Sui, Virginia Tech’s senior vice president for research and innovation. “We are looking forward to hosting university and external thought leaders who can provide guidance to help our researchers build their portfolios.”

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

This year's events will be held in virtual, in-person, or hybrid formats. While series topics are geared toward researchers, the broader Virginia Tech community also is invited to attend.  

“Our team is extremely excited to provide a group of highly impactful events during this fall’s Research Development Series.” said Baranauskas. “Given the tremendous capacity for continued growth in biomedical research, we’ve dedicated two events on this topic. Our priority is to further assist faculty in pursuing their research and development aspirations and showing the world what Ut Prosim [That I May Serve] means at Virginia Tech.”

Research Development Series: Strategies for Winning National Institutes of Health Program Project/Center Grants

Sept. 9 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Virtual: Zoom

How can researchers elevate health-related research to the next level? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide the largest amount of public funding for biomedical research in the world. The most substantial awards are program project/center grants (P-series) that support large, multiproject efforts that generally include a diverse array of research activities. This seminar is designed to inspire both experienced and new research faculty, by providing an overview of P-series grants and the winning strategies used by invited speakers.   

Register for Zoom.

Research Development Series: Establishing Collaborations with the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Oct. 4 | 1-3 p.m.

In-person: Riverside 4, Room G101 A/B, Roanoke

Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC is one of the nation’s fastest growing academic biomedical research enterprises and a destination for world-class researchers. The institute’s Virginia Tech scientists focus on diseases that are the leading causes of death and suffering in the United States, including brain disorders, heart disease, and cancer. In just over 10 years, the research institute has experienced unprecedented growth: doubling its enterprise and lab facilities in Roanoke, while also investing in brand-new laboratories on the Children’s National Research & Innovation Campus in Washington, D.C. At this event, Virginia Tech researchers can learn from Executive Director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Mike Friedlander and institute researchers about the institute’s mission, portfolio, and opportunities for collaborative teamwork.

Register for in-person.

Register for Zoom.

Research Development Series: Resources and Training for Virginia Tech Researchers

Oct. 21 | 1:30-2:30 p.m.

In-person: Kelly Hall, Room 310, Blacksburg

Virtual: Zoom

This seminar is designed for junior and mid-career faculty and will provide an overview of Virginia Tech’s research and development support services and how to leverage them for success and career advancement. Featured guest speaker Baranauskas will provide an overview of the support services including proposal writing support, graphic support, Limited Submission workflow, industry teaming and intellectual property support with LINK + LICENSE + LAUNCH, budget and contract with the Office of Sponsored Programs, and many more topics.

Register for Zoom.

Register for in-person.

Research Development Series: Introducing the National Science Foundation’s New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

Nov. 10 | 4 p.m.

In-person: Executive Briefing Center, Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington

Virtual: Zoom

The NSF launched its Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships in March. As NSF’s first new directorate in 30 years, it aspires to accelerate the development and deployment of use-inspired, translational technologies, and solutions that meet societal and economic needs; drive the creation of new high-wage jobs; and strengthen the nation’s international competitiveness. Intended for faculty at all stages of their career, Steve McKnight, vice president for strategic research alliances, will host guest speaker Erwin Gianchandani, NSF’s assistant director for technology, innovation, and partnerships, who will discuss the new dictorate’s mission and the growing portfolio of funding opportunities in the context of three focus areas during the seminar. The in-person seminar will be followed by a reception, hosted at the Executive Briefing Center in Arlington. 

Register for Zoom.

Register for in-person.

Recordings of previous events can be watched online. For more information and future research-focused event listings, visit the events and programs page. For more information about research development including resources, training, funding, and more visit the Research Development microsite.


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