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.   


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 external funding sources

Workshops, Seminars and Training Programs

From research grant fundamentals to manuscript writing for high-impact journals, the Office of Research Advancement offers workshops to help you.

The Research Fundamentals Workshop is for early-career researchers or those new to sponsored research at UB. This workshop will take place on January 21, 2020 at 9:30am in O'Brian Hall room 112.
This half-day presentation focuses on renewals and resubmissions of proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This session will benefit early-career researchers who plan to apply for NSF CAREER funding in July 2020.
Dr. Basil Nikolau, NSF Division Director for Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, will give a public presentation on Tuesday, February 25 at 11:00am in 403 Hayes Hall on UB's south campus.

Checklists and Templates

Staff Directory

Kim Burns.

Kimberly K. Burns, BS

Sr. Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-5382


Alex DeSha.

Alex DeSha, BA

Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-5374


Lindsay Chakan, PhD.

Lindsay Chakan, PhD


Phone: (716) 645-5696



Menna-Kristina Mbah, MA

Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-6041


Maggie Shea.

Maggie Shea

Programs and Events

Phone: (716) 645-5376


Karyn E. Ventrilla.

Karyn E. Ventrilla, MS

Project Coordinator

Phone: (716) 645-9176


Shawn Miller.

Shawn Miller '21

Student Assistant

Phone: (716) 645-5373


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Matthew Zaffram '21

Student Assistant

Phone: (716) 645-5373


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