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Ohio State Internal Funding Opportunities

Growing Research Opportunities (GRO)

The GRO initiative is designed to help position Ohio State for research excellence in new areas.


Goal 01. GRO seeks to foster

Intellectually Diverse, Collaborative Research Across Academic Domains

Goal 02. GRO seeks to catalyze

New Scholarly Pursuits

Goal 03. GRO seeks to Generate

Compelling Future Funding Proposals

GRO Ideation Workshops

Ideation Workshops are designed to help teams hone their ideas and develop strategies and action steps to pursue external funding. Selected interdisciplinary or convergence research teams will engage in four, 90-minute virtual workshops facilitated by the Research Development Office. During these workshops team members will engage with one another to:

  • Build consensus and shared vocabulary on key components of an interdisciplinary or convergent research question;
  • Generate and prioritize new ideas or approaches to address the question;
  • Draft positioning strategies for potential external sponsors;
  • Draft a collaboration agreement that defines shared goals, roles and responsibilities among team members, and methods for communication and conflict resolution; and
  • Produce an action plan with major milestones for 90 days, 6 months, and 1-2 years towards submission of a proposal for external funding within 12-24 months.

  • Interested teams are REQUIRED to e-mail their intent to apply to by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The e-mail should identify an interdisciplinary question proposed for team ideation and list the three to five core faculty representing the primary disciplinary domains involved in the proposed team.
  • Teams should be comprised of 3-5 PI-eligible core leaders representing a minimum of three distinct disciplines from at least two colleges.
  • Full proposals (3 pages following a specified format) are due by 5 p.m. on September 13, 2021.
  • There is no budget for the workshops; facilitation and collaboration software are covered by the GRO program.
  • Team members should expect to devote approximately 10 hours of effort to this process (6 hours of meeting time and 4 hours of between workshop activities).

GRO Academy

This program window is currently closed. We will notify the research and creative expression community when future windows open.

The Office of Research invites self-nominations from faculty from all colleges to a new leadership development program: the Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) Academy. This program will equip faculty with skills needed to lead complex, interdisciplinary collaborations in pursuit of external funding. Those completing the program will be designated as GRO Leadership Fellows.

The GRO Academy includes eight (8), 90-minute sessions, through which faculty cohorts will engage in interactive knowledge and skill building activities that address:

  • The scholarship on interdisciplinary teams and team dynamics
  • Leadership and management styles/skills
  • Building diverse and inclusive teams
  • Team Formation, creating a shared vision and goals
  • Collaboration skills and trust building in teams
  • Project and team management tools
  • Conflict and decision-making in teams
  • Communication and accountability

The program is primarily aimed at mid-career faculty, although tenured/tenure track faculty of any rank may self-nominate.