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.

NSF Acting Division Director Dr. Carol A. Bessel will visit UB on Friday, October 11 and will give a public presentation at 10:00am in O'Brian Hall, room 109, on the UB North 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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Need help with your proposal?

Contact ORA

Email us to schedule a meeting with a Proposal Manager to discuss your proposal.

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