Stony Brook University Office of Research Services
Category: Research Development and Assessment

Helping Junior Faculty Jumpstart their Search for Research Funding!

As new faculty arrive on campus this fall and confront – many of them for the first time – the need to find and compete for funding to support their research, there are some important ways that departments can help them get off to a strong start. We will discuss effective strategies for assisting and mentoring new faculty and things you’ll want to make sure they understand as they embark on their academic research careers.

The presenter, Lucy Deckard, is the President of Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm she founded in 2010 to help universities and faculty compete more successfully for research funding. She will be discussing how to help junior faculty accelerate their search for research funding.

DateThursday August 16, 2012

Time2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Cost: FREE!

Register at:

OVPR Research Initiatives – Seed Grants for Postdoctoral Scholars

This program is designed to enhance the research and training mission of Stony Brook University by providing seed funding for postdoctoral scholars who are conducting research and scholarly activities under the mentorship of established researchers. Awards will be based on creativity, content, innovation and the applicant’s use of his or her ideas to further their research goals.

Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal funding mechanism. Amount of funding is contingent upon the review and content of each application. Applications will be judged on overall programmatic merit as well as clarity and persuasiveness by a panel of distinguished faculty from our institution. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) shall make determination of funding based on the review panel’s recommendation and availability of funds. Applicants are not eligible to receive a second year of additional funding for this Postdoctoral Scholar Seed Grant. The recipients of this funding are encouraged to continue research initiated under this award by obtaining extramural funding in collaboration with their faculty mentors.

Eligibility & Award Information:
•           Applications will be accepted from Postdocs (regardless of functional job title) holding an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degrees who are interested in conducting research sustainable for external funding

•           Citizenship is not a selection factor

•           The length of support will be for up to one (1) year

•           A maximum of up to $10,000 may be requested

•           Grantees must indicate a commitment to the proposed research by focusing a maximum of 10% of their time to the proposed research

Submission Deadline and Grant Cycle Timeline:
•           Receipt of Application: September 1, 2012

•           Grant Advisory Committee Meeting: October 1, 2012

•           Notification of funding: October 30, 2012

•           Public notification: early November, 2012

•           Funding start date: November 15, 2012



Lynn Allopenna
Assistant Dean
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
2401 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4433
Ph: (631) 632-9712
Fax: (631) 632-2754


Jin Bentley
Assistant Director
Research Development & Assessment
Research Foundation for SUNY
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3365
Ph: (631) 632-8589
Fax: (631) 632-6963


Further details are available at:

Larger Grants: What Faculty Members Need to Know!

Are you stuck in a rut with your grant writing…being turned down for individual grants time-after-time, or sticking to grants that are too small to advance your research goals and personal growth?   This webinar will discuss how to make a jump to larger grant programs and how to successfully integrate grant-seeking and management into a faculty career. 

Professor Russell Olwell, from Eastern Michigan University, will be discussing the direction your research team should follow to go after, receive, and handle larger grants.     

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Cost: FREE!

To register:

About the Presenter:

Russell Olwell, Director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities at Eastern Michigan University has been a successfully funded federal, state and foundation PI over the past 6 years. He has also worked with his campus Office of Research Development to coach faculty on finding resources for research funding.

Olwell’s scholarly interests include the history of the Manhattan Project and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He has also worked extensively on issues of history education at the college and K-12 levels. The federal GEAR UP program he directs works with over 600 high school seniors in three low-income high schools.

Free Webinar – Crafting a Sales Pitch for Your Grant Proposal

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Dr. Robert Porter, Director of Research Development at University of Tennessee, will discuss how to create a winning sales pitch for your grant proposal.

One of the more daunting challenges facing new grant writers is the need to adopt a different rhetorical style. Instead of the expository mode that characterizes most academic writing, a strong grant proposal has to be persuasive from the outset, i.e., it must sell the fundamental idea to a body of grant reviewers, who quickly adopt a mental “thumbs up/thumbs down” attitude toward the document they are reading. This session will describe a three paragraph template for a sales pitch that will jump start the first page of the grant proposal. 

Dr. Porter is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

Cost: Free



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The Toolbox Project Collaborative Communication Workshop provides a philosophical yet practical enhancement to cross-disciplinary, collaborative science. Rooted in philosophical analysis, the Toolbox workshop enables investigators, research development professionals, project managers, and collaborators to engage in a structured dialogue about their research assumptions and cross-disciplinary collaboration.  This yields both self-awareness and mutual understanding, supplying individuals with the robust foundation needed for effective collaborative research.  Led by Toolbox Project Facilitators, Workshop participants will engage in small group discussion and share respective views in response to a number of probing statements about science motivation, methodology, confirmation, objectivity, values, and reductionism. 

The workshop is part of the SciTS Conference 2012, being held at the Wyndham Chicago Hotel on Monday, April 16, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. The cost is $175/person and includes Continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch. Pre-formed groups of collaborators can participate together, contact Holly Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Conference Chair at 312-503-0889, or for more information. Space in this Workshop is limited, and early bird discounted registration ends February 12.