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Office of Research Advancement (ORA)

The driving simulator in Furnas Hall is just one of the many university facilities that facilitates educational and funded research, while also engaging industry and community.

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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For Questions please contact:
Kimberly Burns
kshort@buffalo.edu

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Contact Information

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114
Buffalo, NY 14228

Carol L. O'Connell, MPA, Director
ubgrants@buffalo.edu

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

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 L. O'Connell, MPA

Director

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-1758

Email: caroloco@buffalo.edu

Kimberly K. Burns, BS

Senior Proposal Manager

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-5382

Email: kshort@buffalo.edu

Lindsay M. Chakan, PhD

Editor

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: 716-645-9478

Email: lindsayy@buffalo.edu

Alex DeSha, BA

Proposal Manager

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-5374

Email: adesha@buffalo.edu

Aimee Jo Gibney, PhD

Sr. Editor

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-5377

Email: aimeegib@buffalo.edu

Menna-Kristina Mbah, MA

Proposal Manager

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-6041

Email: mennakri@buffalo.edu

Maggie Shea

Programs and Events

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-5376

Email: mshea3@buffalo.edu

Karyn E. Ventrilla, MS

Project Coordinator

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-9176

Email: karynven@buffalo.edu

Shawn Miller '21

Student Assistant

Office of Research Advencement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-5373

Email: ovpr.sjm52@research.buffalo.edu

Matthew Zaffram '21

Student Assistant

Office of Research Advancement

UB Commons, Suite 114 (North Campus)

Phone: (716) 645-5373

Email: ovpr.mpzaffra@research.buffalo.edu

ORA Events

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