The OVCRI provides a range of resources for pre-tenure and tenured faculty, including:
Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation—Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields
Cynthia works closely with the advising team in support of faculty research/project development and grant seeking.
Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning
RAPD Faculty Adviser
Associate Chair, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy
Research Development Manager
Maria is the point of contact for faculty interested in project development services or pursuing funding opportunities. She can also refer you to a pre-award coordinator at Sponsored Programs Administration.
Kelley provides programmatic and administrative support for the RAPD office.
These sessions provide an overview of specific external fellowship and grant competitions and the sponsoring agencies. Panelists are faculty members who recently received these fellowships and grants; they describe their experiences with the proposal writing and application process. Faculty members are invited to join us for any session that is of interest. If faculty cannot attend a session, we are always glad to provide materials.
Please contact Maria Gillombardo for more information.
Faculty planning to apply for external funding are welcome to participate in proposal writing groups. Sessions are typically scheduled to begin several months in advance of competition deadlines, allowing for the opportunity to discuss several proposal drafts with colleagues. Writing groups for social science grant competitions are offered as requested, as these programs have varying deadlines.
Faculty who have participated in the writing groups have found them beneficial for moving their projects forward. The sessions are informal settings in which to comfortably get feedback from colleagues; regular meetings generate and spur draft revision as the application deadline approaches.
Faculty are welcome to join us at any stage in the writing process. We are also glad to work with faculty individually; and we are always willing read/comment on drafts via email as well.
These meetings give faculty the opportunity to discuss their project trajectory and strategize options for achieving their goals. We offer ongoing support, such as research into external funding possibilities, follow-up meetings, and/or reading drafts of application narratives.
Please contact Maria Gillombardo for more information and/or to schedule a meeting.
In addition to editing and commenting on drafts during writing group sessions, we are happy to read drafts of proposal narratives at any stage of the application process. Faculty do not need to attend information sessions or participate in writing groups to make use of these services. We also provide research pertaining to application criteria and guidelines, an essential component of grant seeking. We can also review RFPs, program solicitations, and application guidelines and offer suggestions about meeting those criteria in the proposal narrative.
Our services for faculty include, but are certainly not limited to, advising and support regarding:
Pre-tenure faculty are welcome to join the First Book Writing Group at any phase of the writing process (e.g., early revision stages, preparing a proposal, making inquiries to publishers). Faculty do not need to be in their first year to participate. There are two sessions in the fall semester (November and December); the remaining three sessions are held in the spring.
Building on the methods and structure of the First Book Writing Group, the Your Next Project Group is for faculty who are working on their second, or subsequent, projects. The group offers an opportunity to connect with colleagues, conceptualize projects, and discuss research and work in progress. Faculty are most welcome to join at any point in their planning, research, development, and writing process; and to participate based on their interest in the session topics and as their schedules permit.
Faculty in the social sciences and related fields are welcome to attend proposal and article writing groups. As with the book groups, these sessions are an opportunity to discuss work in progress.
The following suggestions can assist you in finding colleagues who share your research interests—or with particular areas of expertise—who could be potential collaborators on campus initiatives as well as external funding opportunities. These suggestions might also provide some avenues for furthering and supporting your research:
Locating Potential Collaborators and/or Internal Research Support The following is an incomplete list of internal resources related to research. Referring to these websites can be a helpful way to locate colleagues who share your research interests. Some of these sites feature research funding oppportunities and faculty recipients.
The following articles and guidelines may be helpful in crafting a proposal narrative. While some of the articles are contest-specific, the advice given is relevant to proposal writers in all disciplines and fields.
Nancy Abelmann was Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and East Asian Languages and Cultures. In her role as Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for the Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields, Nancy’s boundless capacity for intellectual exchange and her generosity as a scholar and colleague profoundly energized and connected faculty across our campus. She passed away in January 2016.
The services Nancy developed and provided through the OVCRI are unique to the University of Illinois. Nancy’s generosity and vision, as exemplified through her work in the OVCRI, are part of the legacy she leaves to our university.