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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UB Commons, Suite 114
North Campus


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

Research Administration Professional Development Day - Monday, October 1, 2018. Click here for more info.  

Learn About NSF: Presentation by Dr. Katharina Dittmar, NSF Program Director - Thursday, November 8, 2018. Click here for more info.

NIH R01 Workshop - Friday, December 14, 2018. Click here for more info.

NSF CAREER Award Workshop - Tuesday, March 5, 2019.  Click here for more info.

NIH Fellowship Workshop - Tuesday, June 11, 2019. More info coming soon.  

Institute of Education Sciences (iES) Workshop - Wednesday, June 12, 2019. More info coming soon.

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Staff Directory

Carol O'Connell

Carol L. O'Connell, MPA


Phone: (716) 645-1758


Kim Burns

Kimberly K. Burns, BS

Sr. Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-5382


Lindsay Yager

Lindsay M. Chakan, PhD


Phone: 716-645-9478


Alex DeSha

Alex DeSha, BA

Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-5374


Aimee Jo Gibney

Aimee Jo Gibney, PhD

Sr. Editor

Phone: (716) 645-5377



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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