The Research Office

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Rochester, Michigan 48309-4486
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The Research Office

COVID-19 Research Continuity Guidance

The Research Office has posted guidance for research during the COVID-19 pandemic on a dedicated web page:

(There is also a link on the left-hand navigation bar.)  This guidance was posted March 19, 2020, and will be updated as conditions and recommendations change.  It covers the following topics:

  • General Guidance
  • Guidance for Research Continuity in Laboratories
  • Guidance for Research Continuity for Research in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education
  • Guidance for Human Subjects Research
  • Funding Agency Information (added April 3, 2020)
There is also contact information for staff members to contact if you have questions or concerns.

IRB Updates:

Temporary Stoppage of In-Person Research Procedures
Considering the current public health concern with the fast spread of the Coronavirus, and the recent actions taken by the state of Michigan, Oakland University is mandating a temporary stoppage of all in-person human subjects research procedures, effective immediately.  For more information, visit the COVID-19 Research Continuity Guidance website:

Cayuse for IRB submissions is Live
Anyone submitting applications to the IRB for human subjects research should now use the Cayuse application:
More information can be found here:
For assistance, contact Judette Haddad ( or Kate Wydeven (

Cluster Hire Program Updates:

The Provost's Office communicated results/recommendations for the Faculty Cluster Hire Program on 4/1/20. 

Details are on the Cluster Hire Program website.

NEH Summer Stipend Program Information: Updated 3/27/20

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.
The NEH Summer Stipend program allows Oakland University to nominate no more than two tenure-track faculty members to submit proposals to NEH for consideration. The Research Office previously announced a multi-stage process for identifying OU’s two nominees, involving several rounds of feedback from an ad hoc faculty committee and also staff from our office. We have reluctantly decided to defer until next year the implementation of the full process announced earlier, and will instead use a simplified selection process for this year’s competition. We came to that decision out of a desire to not impose additional burdens on faculty and staff who are already confronting new challenges, requirements, and restrictions in carrying out the university’s teaching, research, and service missions.

The simplified process for 2020 is as follows:

  1. Interested researchers and scholars from the humanities and the humanistic social sciences (see definitions below) should submit drafts of their three-page research narratives through InfoReady Review. The due date for these drafts remains April 15.
  2. The Research Office will review all the applications received by the deadline and determine:
    1. Whether a competition is necessary (if we receive two or fewer submissions, there would be no need to implement the selection process); and
    2. The appropriate expertise needed to review the applications received, and then recruit faculty members, who do not have conflicts of interest with any of the potential applicants, to serve on the ad hoc review committee.
  3. The ad hoc faculty committee and also staff members from the Research Office will review all the submitted drafts and select the two most promising applications to move forward by May 1. All applicants will receive feedback on their drafts, regardless of whether or not they are selected to go forward.
  4. The selected applicants will then refine and revise their proposals, with support from the Research Office, over the summer.
  5. Applications are due to NEH (via on September 23 (unless NEH extends the deadline).

The Summer Stipend program provides support for two months of continuous, full-time work on a humanities research project. Projects at any stage of development are eligible for consideration by NEH, but it prioritizes both early stage research and late-stage writing projects, as these are where small amounts of funding can make the most difference.

Investigators who are not tenure-track faculty, even if they are employed full-time at a college or university, are eligible to apply as individuals – and those applications do not count against the nomination cap of two projects per year. Non-tenure-track faculty or OU staff, while not eligible to participate in the nomination process described above, are strongly encouraged to work with the responsible research development officer (Michael Spires,, for the humanities; Andrea Buford,, for the humanistic social sciences) on their proposals. Contact us to set up an appointment.

The Summer Stipend program aims to stimulate new research in the humanities, and its publication (or dissemination through similar means). Work in any of the relevant fields (including, but not necessarily limited to, language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. NEH also funds projects in what it terms the humanistic social sciences: 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.

The creation or performance of art; creative writing, autobiographies, memoirs, and creative nonfiction; and empirically based social science research or policy studies are not eligible for support from the Summer Stipend program.

If you have questions about the Summer Stipend program, the OU review and selection process, or InfoReady Review, you can email Michael Spires (, Andrea Buford (, or Dave Stone (

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

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Upcoming Workshops and Events

Virtual Research Town Hall, April 7, 11:00am-12:30pm

Dear Research Colleagues,

The disruptions caused by COVID-19 have raised many questions among researchers at the university. Throughout this crisis, I have been actively participating in the ongoing emergency management efforts on campus. I have also been in regular communication with chief research officers around the country about how they are handling matters on their own campuses. Andrea and I have also been in touch with federal agency staff and leadership over the last two weeks so that we understand how they are trying to manage their research portfolios and address these challenges within existing, and in some cases changing, policy frameworks.

Beginning on April 7 (11:00am), I will host a regular series of virtual town halls. These sessions, which will be run through WebEx, will be an opportunity for me to tell you what I know and to answer your questions, to the extent I can. If you have questions or concerns, please join us. While we will take questions via chat during the meeting, it will be helpful if you pose questions on the registration form so we can do our best to provide you with accurate information.

If you want to participate, please sign up here:

And you will be sent connection details for the WebEx.

In the meantime, stay safe.


Food for Thought Writing Circle, April 7, 2:00-4:00pm

The Research Office will continue Food for Thought, our writing circle for people looking for support and sustenance as they pursue their writing projects, even while working remotely. On April 7, we will open a Google Hangout space at 2:00. We will begin by discussing strategies for writing in turbulent times. Then we will go off separately, as we always do, to work on our own projects. At 3:45, we will gather again to check in, report progress, and assess whether this strategy is helpful to academic writers. Please pre-register so that you can receive the Google Hangout link, as well as a link to an article that might be helpful for our discussion.

If you want to participate, please sign up here:

Access our workshop resources on espace.

NSF Update (4/1/2020) - Fillable PDF Templates Available

NSF has released the fillable PDF forms for the biosketch and the current and pending support forms that will become one of the two acceptable ways of providing this information for NSF proposals beginning June 1, 2020. 

Access Dear Colleagues letter and templates 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)

Oakland University is a member of the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN), a statewide university network designed to create partnerships that will connect Michigan's corporations to critical university assets to help promote innovative research and grow Michigan's economy. 

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