Research development

Office of Research and Innovation’s Fall Research Development Series Begins September 22 | VTX

In its second year, the Research Development Series will focus this fall on topics designed to help researchers identify international research partners, solve complex problems through convergence research, and understand the value of team science from a federal agency perspective.

“The continuation of the research development series provides important support to the Virginia Tech research community,” said Dan Sui, vice president of research and innovation at Virginia Tech. “I am excited about the external and internal thought leaders who will share their subject matter expertise to better prepare researchers for success and learn how to expand their research portfolios by collaborating across diverse disciplines.

In January 2021, the Office of Research and Innovation launched its Research Development Series to support faculty on their journey to increase the reach and impact of their research, creativity and innovation portfolio . With events focusing on different facets of sponsored research, from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to work with partners, this webinar series will answer researchers’ top questions and enlighten researchers at every stage of their career.

For the past academic year, the series has been held in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the events of the series will take place in a hybrid format with in-person and zoom options available. While the topics in the series are intended for researchers, the wider Virginia Tech community is also invited to attend. Recordings of previous events can be viewed here. For more information and future listings of research-focused events, visit the Events and Programs page.

Research Development Series: Identifying International Research Partners

September 22, 2021 | 10:30 a.m. – noon

Scholars are invited to discover opportunities to advance research and scholarship through partnerships with international collaborators. Panelists will share their experiences and tips for identifying, connecting and developing relationships with international research partners, and describe existing programs and resources to support researchers in their efforts. The roundtable will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Panelists Guru Ghosh, Vice President of Outreach and International Affairs; Brady Deaton, acting executive director of the Center for International Research, Education, and Development; Kathy Alexander, William E. Lavery Professor at the College of Natural Resources and Environment; Yannis Stivachtis, holder of the Jean Monnet Chair in Political Science and Director of International Studies, School of Public and International Affairs; and John Talerico, Director and Facility Security Manager at the Office of Export Compliance and Secure Search, will share their experiences and tips for identifying, connecting and developing relationships with international search partners.

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Research Development Series: Solving Complex Problems with Convergence Research

October 7, 2021 | 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

The growth of convergence research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) was identified in 2016 as one of 10 Big Ideas for NSF Future Investments. Convergence research is a way to solve tricky research problems, especially complex ones focused on societal needs. This involves integrating knowledge, methods and expertise from different disciplines and forming new frameworks to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation. At this event, Doug Maughan, who directs the National Science Foundation’s Office of the Convergence Accelerator, will discuss how the NSF supports researchers tackling compelling problems by integrating knowledge across disciplines. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

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Research Development Series: Team Science

November 2, 2021 | 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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 as a scientific team. 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 Bennett, director of the Center for Research Strategy at the National Institute of Health at the National Cancer Institute and an internationally renowned expert in team science, will share what she has learned about high-performing research teams and highly integrated, and how to thrive in a collaborative environment. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer period.

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