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Office of Research Development


The mission of the Office of Research Development (ORD) is to increase the capacity of CSUSB faculty to engage in research, scholarship and creative activities.  The ORD will build capacity by managing internal grants, providing assistance on finding and applying for external grants, promoting collaborations, and providing resources such as statistical consulting and access to specialized software programs.

Grant Writing Workshops and Summer Academy

The ORD provides workshops throughout the academic year to assist faculty seeking funding for their research, scholarship, and creative activities.  The workshops cover internal and external funding mechanism securing internal and extramural funding.  In the summer, the ORD holds a more intensive grant writing academy for faculty who are in the early stages of preparing an external grant application.  

One-on-One Consultation and Mentoring

Consultation on all aspects of research development including a review of available campus resources, identifying appropriate funding mechanisms and finding collaborators or building a team.  Mentoring assistance is also available for early stage faculty who in the early stages of starting their independent research program

Oversight of Fellowship and Grant Awards Programs

The ORD also oversees the Summer Research Fellowship, the Anthony and Lois Evans Faculty Awardees, and the Mini-Grant Program.  Workshops on the application process will be offered each year.

Publication Resources

The ORD sponsors an institutional membership with Textbook and Academic Authors (TAA) so faculty and graduate students have access to free, individual memberships and TAA’s writing resources. Additionally, ORDs can provide statistical consulting, access to graphic programs, and professional editing assistance. for a professional program called PRISM which provides analysis and graphing solutions for scientific research.

Research Capacity Building

Research In Groups (RIGs)

The ORD sponsors the Research In Groups community.  This group is to support team-based collaborations, especially cross disciplinary collaboration, which has become the expected way to solve complex multifactorial problems in various topic areas such as obesity, the opioid crisis, and climate change.

Writing Accountability Group (WAG)

In collaboration with the Institute of Child Development and Family Relations (ICDFR), the ORD supports the writing accountability group (WAG). WAG helps faculty protect their time for writing books, manuscripts, and grant applications.  It also provides tools on effective writing strategies.

Training on specialized software

In collaboration with Academic Technologies & Innovation, the ORD sponsors workshop on the use research related software programs.  In the past, workshops and institutes on “R” and JMP have been held.