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Office of Research Affairs

‌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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Announcements

As announced by Dean Reece the SOM will enforce a new grant submission policy effective February 5, 2018 for all National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant deadlines. The grant routing policy can be found here‌. The SOM requires that all NIH grant front pages be submitted to the Office of Research Affairs (ORA) by 5 pm seven (7) business days prior to the grant deadline, and that the proposal text be submitted in final form to Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) by 5pm five (5) business days prior to the grant deadline. A complete list of internal deadline dates for standard NIH due dates can be found here Internal Deadline Dates (pdf)Internal Deadline Dates (pdf)

The new grant submission deadlines for the upcoming NIH new, renewal, resubmission, revision P, T, D, R18, R25, C, G, & U Series May 25th deadline are as follows:

May 16, 2018 by 5pm: all front pages submitted to ORA

May 18, 2018 by 5pm: final form of proposal submitted to SPA


The new grant submission deadlines for the upcoming NIH new R01, U01 June 5th deadline are as follows:

May 24, 2018 by 5pm: all front pages submitted to ORA

May 29, 2018 by 5pm: final form of proposal submitted to SPA 


Events

25Apr
8:30 AM | SMC Campus Center - Elm Ballrooms Topic: Molecular/Physiological Basis of Brain Signals Keynote Speaker: David Leopold, PhD, NIH/NIMH
26Apr
2:00 PM | Discover Auditorium, UMB Biopark 801 W. Baltimore St. Defining Autism Phenotypes in Human Neural Precursor Cells: Idiopathic and 16p11.2 Deletion Subgroups
16May
12:00 AM | Office of Research Affairs NIH All P Series Internal ORA Deadline
18May
12:00 AM | Office of Research Affairs NIH All P Series Internal SPA Deadline

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