Growing Research Opportunities

Growing Research Opportunities (GRO) initiative is designed to help position Ohio State for research excellence in new areas. Through a developing, multi-faceted set of programs GRO seeks to foster intellectually diverse, collaborative research across academic domains, catalyze new scholarly pursuits, and help generate compelling future funding proposals.

Programs

GRO Ideation Workshops

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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.

GRO Academy

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.

Those selected must be able to devote approximately 30 hours to program participation from May 17 – June 18, inclusive of session preparation, between session meet-ups, and session attendance. The eight sessions will be distributed over 5 program weeks, so that no more than two sessions will occur in any calendar week.


The self-nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021. If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Jeff Agnoli (Agnoli.1@osu.edu).

Learn more and apply for the Gro Academy

Additional Questions

If you have additional questions on the GRO initiative please contact us at research@osu.edu.