With one semester under our belt, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) would like to share some of the progress made so far this academic year.
As of January 8th, a total of 17 external grants have been submitted. Of those, five have been funded, three other grants have received preliminary notification of future funding, and five are awaiting either further action or notification of funding. Only two have not been funded.
Internal grant deadlines have passed. Several have applied and the Research Council as well as Pursuit and Undergraduate Research committees will be meeting soon to award as many internal grants as funds allow. This year, for those not winning an internal grant, the ORSP will be working to research and secure external funding. Though external grant awards are never a given, ORSP will do everything in its power to secure external grant funding so that as many research efforts will be funded as possible this summer and beyond.
The IRB has worked diligently to process all IRB requests in a timely manner. With few exceptions, IRB approvals have been issued within two weeks of submission. Though the IRB makes approval of IRB submissions a priority, there continue to be issues that slow down the process. Please see the article posted to this blog entitled, “IRBs: What Are They? When Are They Used?” for ways to submit clean IRB requests that get approved the first time, every time.
In order to get to know the faculty and research needs at the university, I have met one on one with almost all departments. It has been a joy getting to know so many faculty members and hearing of all of the amazing research being conducted. I have also been impressed with the plans, dreams and initiatives of so many who are making ACU a cutting edge university that empowers student Christian leadership.
If any faculty member or department with whom I have not met would like to visit with me, please contact me to set up an appointment. I hope to meet all faculty before the school year ends if at all possible.