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Office of Research Advancement (ORA) - Vice President Research and Economic Development - University at Buffalo

Office of Research Advancement (ORA)


Center for Computational Research

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.   


SPIN Instructions

For Questions please contact:
Kimberly Burns

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Need help with your proposal?

Contact ORA

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

Programs for new, mid-career and veteran faculty offered throughout the year on UB's North, South and Downtown campuses.

Recorded Archived Events

Checklists and Templates

Staff Directory

Carol O'Connell

Carol L. O'Connell, MPA


Office of Research Advancement

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

Lindsay Yager

Lindsay M. Chakan, PhD


Phone: 716-645-9478

Email: lindsayy@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


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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