Office of Research Advancement (ORA)

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the office of research advancement (ora) supports the university’s research and scholarly community in the pursuit of external grant and research funding.

comprehensive administrative and technical support are available to researchers as they form their research teams, identify collaborators, refine their projects and develop their proposals. working with ub faculty, our goal is to help create highly competitive proposals to support promising research and advance university initiatives.   

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注regarding covid-19:

The Office of Research Advancement (ORA) remains open and offering our full slate of proposal development services. Please contact us at for assistance with your proposals.

the covid-19 virus has implications for all areas of society from education to public health and policy, cyber and physical infrastructure, ai, modeling and advanced manufacturing. your research may apply to the covid-19 response and recovery in ways which may not be obvious. many agencies have released updated requests for proposals and funding announcements to respond to research needs of the pandemic. some are listed below:

  • NSF: Dear Colleague Letters and .
  • NIH: .
  • DOE: soliciting ideas on how DOE and the National Labs might contribute resources.
  • DOD: Notice .

SPIN is a searchable database for research funding with access to over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 federal, public, non-profit, and private sponsors available to UB investigators. To search the database, we suggest using your normal search terms in addition to COVID-19 to narrow down the results (e.g., distance learning AND COVID-19). In searching the database you many find novel ways in which your research might apply to response and recovery. In addition, it will also give you an idea of how funding agencies are positioning themselves to contribute to this ongoing pandemic, both in the short- and long-term.2020欧洲杯体育直播投注 As the needs of the societal response become clearer, it may be appropriate to reach out to your program officer.

suny has also created and is maintaining a page for your reference.

As always, a member of ORA can assist you with your proposal development needs. Please contact us at


Proposal Development Assistance

  • Facilitate project meetings
  • Assist in identifying collaborators and project partners
  • Draft standard university text
  • Provide assistance with justifications and budget review in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Projects Services
  • Format required proposal documents (biographical sketches, current and pending funding, and data management plans)
  • Peform a substantive edit of all writing components
  • Assist in identifying

Workshops, Seminars and Training Programs

due to the covid-19-related precautions taken at ub, all 2020-2021 workshops and programming will be presented exclusively online.

August 13 & 14: 

Staff Directory

Kim Burns.

Kimberly K. Burns, BS

Sr. Proposal Manager, ORA

phone: (716) 645-5382


Alex DeSha.

Alex DeSha, BA

Proposal Manager, ORA

phone: (716) 645-5374


Lindsay Chakan, PhD.

Lindsay Chakan, PhD

Editor, ORA

phone: (716) 645-5696



Menna-Kristina Mbah, MA

Proposal Manager, ORA

phone: (716) 645-6041


Maggie Shea.

Maggie Shea

Coordinator Programs and Events, Research and Economic Development

phone: (716) 645-5376


Karyn E. Ventrilla.

Karyn E. Ventrilla, MS

Project Coordinator, Research and Economic Development

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注phone: (716) 645-9176


Shawn Miller.

Shawn Miller '21

Student Assistant, ORA

phone: (716) 645-5373


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Matthew Zaffram '21

Student Assistant, ORA

phone: (716) 645-5373


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