Howard University Graduate School

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ARTICLE Issue 018

Research Retreat 2017

By Nicole Retland Moreland

The Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies held its annual research retreat in Wintergreen, VA from July 10-12, 2017. There was a total of 31 participants, many of whom were assistant professors seeking to learn more about HU's research enterprise and to foster strong collaborations across disciplines. The participants were from the College of Pharmacy, Cathy Hughes School of Communications, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, College of Medicine, School of Business, and School of Law.

Those faculty members interested in attending submitted applications via InfoReady Review, a new system that will be used to manage internal competitions and limited submissions. The research retreat is an opportunity for cross fertilization of ideas across disciplines, programs, and most importantly, research interests. This year's research retreat was very successful.

The first day of the retreat opened with a welcome from Dr. Gary L. Harris, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. He highlighted the University's research priorities and the commitment to $100 million in research funding over the next couple of years. Dr. Harris' s welcome was followed by presentations from the Office of Research Development (ORD) and the Office of Research Administrative Services (RAS), which included an overview of services and support for faculty pursuing external funding. Dr. Fatima Barnes, Executive Director, and Young-Joo Lee, Senior Clinical Librarian, from the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library also addressed the group.

On the second and third days, the participants were organized into six thematic groups according to their areas of interest. To facilitate discussion within the groups, the ORD team invited faculty to share funding opportunities they were currently pursuing, in addition to pre-selecting collaborative funding opportunities that focused on building centers and training programs at HU. The themes for the groups paralleled the University's Research Priorities: Health Disparities; HIV/AIDS; Educational Disparities; and New Media, Electronic /Digital Arts and Gaming.

During the retreat, all faculty members were challenged to present a concept paper on their proposed research projects and to formulate a plan with ORD for grant submission. The groups continued to meet once they returned to campus and were supported by the ORD until the time of submission. Services offered by ORD included structuring and management of the proposal and the budget development process. In accordance with University policy, Research Administrative Services submitted the grant applications to the various sponsors.

We are pleased to announce that groups whose solicitation had a funding deadline date prior to November 2017 have successfully submitted their proposals and the combined dollar amount for the applications submitted totaled $1,748,500. Proposals were submitted to the National Institutes of Health, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Spencer Foundation, and The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation.

Thank you to all 2017 research retreat participants.

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