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.   


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  • Kim Burns.

    Kimberly K. Burns, BS

    Sr. Proposal Manager, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5382


  • Ivan Maly

    Proposal Manager

    Phone: (716) 645-5374


  • Menna.

    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


  • Joanna Barthelemy.

    Joanna Tate, PhD


  • Karyn E. Ventrilla.

    Karyn E. Ventrilla, MS

    Project Coordinator, Research and Economic Development

    Phone: (716) 645-9176


  • Christian Teo '23

    Student Assistant, ORA

    Phone: (716) 645-5373


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