The Research Office

Wilson Hall
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2762
(248) 370-4111

The Research Office

Oakland University provides state-of-the-art research facilities and a rich, collaborative environment for our faculty and students in support of their research and educational activities. OU is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as one of the nation’s doctoral research universities. We are proud of the wide spectrum of research and other scholarly and creative activities made possible by the excellence of our faculty, students, facilities and institutional culture that is inclusive of all disciplines.

The Research Office provides the necessary administrative infrastructure for investigators, and strongly encourages the involvement of students in research. OU is committed to the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research, which are essential for sustaining an excellent research program that contributes to the well-being of our local, national and global communities.

Cluster Hire Program Updates:

The Provost's Office, in conjunction with the Research Office, has announced a Faculty Cluster Hire Program (see the Request for Cluster Suggestions document here). The Program involves a multi-stage process that may lead to the hiring of one or more clusters of faculty around specific research areas beginning in FY21.  More information on the program can be found on the Cluster Hire Program website:

The first stage in the process was a series of Faculty Networking Events where faculty shared their research interests and discussed ideas for clusters.

Networking events were held in December 2019 and January 2020.  Slides from the faculty presentations can be found here:

  • Friday, December 13 - Slides are available via our espace if you click this link. (Log-in with your OU email, and click the Enroll Me button when logged into espace to access the file.)
  • Friday, January 10 - Slides are available via our espace if you click this link. (Log-in with your OU email, and click the Enroll Me button when logged into espace to access the file.)
  • Thursday, January 16 - Slides are available via our espace if you click this link. (Log-in with your OU email, and click the Enroll Me button when logged into espace to access the file.)

The second stage in the process is proposal submission.  Submissions are due February 28, 2020.

To submit a proposal, use infoReady REVIEW:

  • Sign in using your Oakland email credentials and select “Cluster Hire Program” under current opportunities to submit your application.
  • Make sure to submit all elements listed under "Proposal Requirements".
For specific questions about using infoReady, please contact Sue Willner at or (248) 370-4111.

For general questions about the cluster hire initiative or your proposal, contact Dr. Stone (

Note: infoReady REVIEW is also accessible via the Electronics Submissions button on the Research Office homepage.

NEH Summer Stipend Program Information

Find out more about the NEH Summer Stipend Program and how to apply.  Join Andrea Buford and Michael Spires of the OU Research Office, who will be running an Informational Session on Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM in Kresge 430R (the Learning Lab).  Sign up here:

Program details:

The Oakland University Research Office is committed to working with the faculty in the Humanities to enliven their research trajectories. To that end, the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends are a particularly attractive option.

The NEH Summer Stipends program supports research and dissemination in the humanities by:
  • Providing small awards to individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars and/or general audiences;
  • Supporting both early-stage research and late-stage writing where small awards can be the most effective;
  • Encouraging applications from a diverse population; and,
  • Supporting continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months.
Any university may only send two proposals forward to the NEH for review. Therefore, to enhance the competitiveness of those two proposals, Oakland University will implement a multi-stage review and support process. Anyone in the relevant disciplines or whose work utilizes relevant methods is invited to submit a three-page description of the work they will undertake if awarded. Each of these proposals will be reviewed by a panel of OU reviewers which will include representatives from The Research Office as well as faculty from the humanities disciplines; this committee will be crafted to mirror NEH’s review panel as closely as possible. From this first review meeting, every applicant will receive a full set of reviewers’ comments, with an opportunity to revise and resubmit the proposal.

If you would like to self-nominate to be on the proposal Review Committee, submit this form:

From those revised proposals, the two candidates will be chosen. After that, the review panel will disband, and the two applicants will work intensely with Research Development Officers and the Chief Research Officer to draft the most compelling proposal possible, in time for an early fall submission.

This year’s guidelines have not yet been published. Last year’s guidelines can be found here:

Internal Timeline:

2/4/20 - Announcement to the campus and humanities Chairs and deans for dissemination to their faculty*
2/19/20 – Informational session for faculty, led by Andrea Buford and Michael Spires from the Research Office
By 2/21/20 – Faculty can self-nominate to participate as part of the review committee*
4/15/20 - Deadline for receipt of first draft of the proposals in The Research Office; submitted through InfoReady Review
5/1/20 - Review panel meets
5/2/20 - Comments to applicants
8/5/20 - Deadline for revised submissions for second review
8/20/20 - Two applicants chosen and begin work with RDOs and Chief Research Officer, working across the summer; all applicants will be notified promptly, one way or the other

9/23/20 - Federal deadline.  This is an individual award, so the investigators will technically submit on their own.  The Research Office can assist, of course.

More instructions on how to submit proposals will be posted here in the coming weeks.

* The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

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Click here for the ANNUAL RESEARCH REPORT (FY19)

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Upcoming Workshops and Events

Complete information about events and workshops posted here (Fall 2019).

Access our workshop resources on espace.


As part of Oakland University's ongoing commitment to supporting faculty scholarship and growing funded research, we have upgraded our research administration software to the Cayuse Research Suite. This software solution will allow faculty investigators to submit and manage grant proposals in a web-based and user-friendly environment.* Chairs and deans will be able to approve proposals for submission and obtain real-time pictures of research activity in their departments. The software will enable all of this and more while also reducing administrative burdens. Please note that this system is for external proposals and not internal awards.

Click here for Fast Facts about the Cayuse Research Suite, including log-in information.

Click here for direct link for Cayuse production instance, USED FOR SUBMITTING PROPOSALS (not a training or practice instance)

Training sessions are required of research-active faculty who plan to submit grants, and will be offered again in Winter 2020. If you need immediate assistance with Cayuse, contract your grant officer in the Research Office.

*A note about IRB and Cayuse: Our new system will eventually have an IRB module, however, please continue to use IRBNet and/or RAM as appropriate until this module is live. (updated 1/15/19)


ANNOUNCING ARMS - Advanced Research Methodology Services

The Research Office is launching Advanced Research Methodology Services (ARMS), which aims to help faculty improve the quality of the research design and data analysis sections of their grant proposals. The ARMS team will assist with research and analysis upon receipt of funding. We are in the process of building an ARMS team, and are seeking faculty to serve as methodological consultants in areas of their expertise. Contact ARMS Coordinator Dennis Condron to join the team, or to access ARMS for assistance with your own proposal.
Word documents with more information can be downloaded with the links below:

  • ARMS Recruitment (for faculty who would like to be part of the ARMS team)
  • ARMS Summary (for faculty who would like assistance with their grant proposal)

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