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.   

Services

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.

Checklists and Templates

Staff Directory

Carol O'Connell.

Carol L. O'Connell, MPA

Director

Phone: (716) 645-1758

Email: caroloco@buffalo.edu

Kim Burns.

Kimberly K. Burns, BS

Sr. Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-5382

Email: kshort@buffalo.edu

Alex DeSha.

Alex DeSha, BA

Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-5374

Email: adesha@buffalo.edu

Aimee Jo Gibney.

Aimee Jo Gibney, PhD

Sr. Editor

Phone: (716) 645-5377

Email: aimeegib@buffalo.edu

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Menna-Kristina Mbah, MA

Proposal Manager

Phone: (716) 645-6041

Email: mennakri@buffalo.edu

Maggie Shea.

Maggie Shea

Programs and Events

Phone: (716) 645-5376

Email: mshea3@buffalo.edu

Karyn E. Ventrilla.

Karyn E. Ventrilla, MS

Project Coordinator

Phone: (716) 645-9176

Email: karynven@buffalo.edu

Shawn Miller.

Shawn Miller '21

Student Assistant

Phone: (716) 645-5373

Email: ovpr.sjm52@research.buffalo.edu

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Matthew Zaffram '21

Student Assistant

Phone: (716) 645-5373

Email: ovpr.mpzaffra@research.buffalo.edu

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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.

ubgrants@buffalo.edu

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