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Office of Research Affairs

_DSC5758[1]The mission of the Office of Research Affairs (ORA) is to enhance the research enterprise and to provide support for research being conducted at the School of Medicine, which includes seven basic science and seventeen clinical departments, nine organized research centers, and four research institutes.  The ORA serves as a “research hub” to assist faculty in expanding collaborative, innovate research that will lead to an increased number of novel competitive grant applications to a variety of funding agencies.

The ORA staff provides a wide range of services to SOM faculty toward this mission including:

  • Reviewing and managing the pre-award process
  • Streamlining the application and regulatory compliance processes  
  • Identifying and notifying departments and faculty members about funding opportunities
  • Assisting with limited grant submissions and university funded award programs
  • Assembling and submitting large/complex multi-PI grant applications
    • The ORA can provide assistance in acquiring letters of support, assembling and proofreading proposals, etc.  We require that all requests for assistance be made at least two months prior to the proposal deadline.
  • Identifying and establishing new, interdisciplinary research collaborations
  • Interfacing between departmental research administrators and university compliance staff

Overall the ORA fosters a collaborative, efficient and innovative research environment for all SOM Faculty, Students, Fellows and Staff.

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The School of Medicine has various internal and limited submission funding opportunities currently available: 

  • Dean's Challenge Award - deadline for submission is October 13, 2017 at 5pm. Details regarding this opportunity can be found here Deans Challenge Award RFA.
  • Innovations in Nephrotic Syndrome Award - deadline for submission is December 11, 2017 at 5pm. Details regarding this opportunity can be found here Innovations in Nephrotic Syndrome Award
  • Passano Foundation Clincian-Investigator Award for Career Development - deadline for submission is October 3, 2017. Details regarding this opportunity can be found here Passano Award Guidelines
  • A limited submission competition is available for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientist. Our institution is eligible to nominate one young faculty member for each category: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, and Life Sciences. Any interested individuals must indicate which category they are applying for: Chemistry, Physical Sciences & Engineering, or Life Sciences and submit a 1 page research summary highlighting your research accomplishments and an NIH biosketch including a personal statement which addresses the 4 evaluation criteria designated by the Blavatnik Award (quality, impact, novelty, promise), to me ( by October 2, 2017 at 5pm. . All guidelines and details can be found at


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