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Office of Sponsored Programs Town Hall

On Nov. 3, 2021, the Office of Sponsored Programs held a town hall where members of the team provided an overview of their areas and the value and benefits that the office provides to campus for research administration.

Research Development Series: Team Science

Today, modern research methods are more specialized and the world’s problems are more complex, requiring minds from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to come together in the form of team science. At this event, researchers are invited to learn how to succeed in the new landscape of team science, where true collaboration requires joint ownership and collective responsibility.

Michelle Bennet, director the Center for Research Strategy in the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute, and internationally recognized expert in team science, shares what she has learned about high-performing, highly integrated research teams, and how to thrive in a collaborative environment. Discussion is followed with Q&A.

Research Development Series: Solving Complex Problems Through Convergence Research

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) was identified in 2016 as one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. Convergence research is a means of solving vexing research problems, in particular, complex problems focusing on societal needs. It entails integrating knowledge, methods, and expertise from different disciplines and forming novel frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation.

At this event, Doug Maughan, who leads National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator Office, shares how the NSF is supporting researchers who address compelling problems by integrating knowledge across disciplines. Discussion is followed with Q&A.

Research Development Series: Identifying International Research Partners

Increasing research collaborations with international researchers and industry is key to enhancing the researcher’s portfolio, reputation, and impact. At this event, researchers will learn about opportunities to advance research and scholarship through partnerships with international collaborators and sponsors. Panelists will share experiences and advice for identifying, making connections, and developing relationships with international research partners. They will also describe existing programs and resources to support researchers in their endeavors. Panel discussion is followed with Q&A.

Research Development Series: Engaging with National Laboratories

For researchers who want to learn about opportunities to advance their research and scholarship through partnerships with national laboratories, especially the Department of Energy National Laboratories. Panelists will share their experiences and advice for working with the National Labs, including Thomas Jefferson National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Those partnerships allow researchers to leverage unique capabilities and form relationships with experts from across the nation.  

Exploring Diverse Postdoctoral Career Paths

While many postdoctoral researchers expect their training to lead to a career in academia, the reality is that only a small fraction of this group become tenured professors. The Office of Research and Innovation hosted a webinar with a panel of experts who provided insights about career pathways outside of academia that includes discussion of career opportunities in the government, industry, and research management sector.

Finding Extramural Funding Faculty Workshop

The Virginia Tech Faculty Activity Support Team (VT-FAST) hosted a virtual workshop for Virginia Tech faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students to showcase how researchers can find governmental and foundation funding opportunities.

Research Development Series: Accelerating Applied Research for Societal Impact

The Office for Research and Innovation hosted its fifth event in the Research Development Support series with host Andrea Belz, director of industrial innovation and partnerships for the National Science Foundation, who shared how the National Science Foundation innovation programs move ideas from the lab to the marketplace, with the goal to strengthen America’s economy, health, and security. The talk was followed by Q&A.

Research Development Series: Private Foundation Relations and Strategies

The Office for Research and Innovation hosted a virtual event for Virginia Tech researchers that want to learn more about the importance of foundations in funding research programs. Leaders of Virginia Tech research administration, advancement, and faculty provided their perspectives on how to establish and strengthen meaningful partnerships with philanthropic foundations. Panelist conversation to be followed with Q&A.

Research Development Series: National Science Board Vision 2030

The Office for Research and Innovation hosted its third event in the Research Development Support series with guest speaker Victor McCrary, vice chair of the National Science Board, who shared insights into the National Science Foundation’s National Science Board’s Vision 2030 report. The talk was followed by a Q&A with audience members.

Research Development Series: Journey towards a successful Engineering Research Center

The Office for Research and Innovation hosted their second event in the Research Development Support series focused on engineering research centers which included invited guest speaker Junhong Chen, the Crown Family Professor of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago.

Machine Learning at Google - AI fairness and ethical quandaries

The Division of Scholarly Integrity and Research Compliance hosted its inaugural speaker event to launch the Research Integrity and Scholarly Excellence (RISE) Lecture Series. As part of Virginia Tech’s commitment to support integrity in research, scholarship, and innovation, the division provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to gather and engage in discussions about important ethical dimensions of research.


Research Development Series: A roadmap to building large-scale centers

The Office for Research and Innovation hosted a virtual event for Virginia Tech researchers that have near-term intention to write center proposals, pursue a large-scale funding opportunity of $10 million or more, and lead a center. Interested Virginia Tech faculty who are looking for the next chapter in their career or a new challenge, have ambition to run a large-scale center, in the process of writing a center proposal, and/or want to build a team, were encouraged to engage in the conversation to learn from a panel of Virginia Tech faculty who have successfully won center funding and know what it takes to achieve success.