Growing Research Opportunities- The GRO Academy

The Office of Research invites self-nominations 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. The GRO Academy is part of a developing set of multi-faceted programs designed to foster intellectually diverse, collaborative research across academic domains, catalyze new scholarly pursuits, and help generate compelling future funding proposals.

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 17th – June 18th, 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. Those completing the program will be designated as ‘GRO Leadership Fellows’.

The self-nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Program Structure:

Each session will include a mix of didactic and active learning designed to build both knowledge and skills, as well as opportunities to interact with peers from Ohio State with interdisciplinary team leadership experience. The objective is for participants to learn from both internal and external experts in the topical field, from the lived experiences of other research leaders, and through interaction with each other, and to ensure opportunities to reflect on, apply, or practice what has been learned.

Each session will require 1-2 hours of pre-work. Depending on the topic, this may include short readings, self-assessments or questionnaires, videos, case studies, etc. In addition, there will be a total of 3-4 between session small group meet-ups (virtual) to encourage group interaction towards establishing a community of practice. Group assignments for these activities will rotate in order to encourage interdisciplinary interactions across the full cohort.

Self-nomination and Selection: Interested individuals may apply here by preparing and uploading a 5-page PDF document comprised of an annotated list of your five most impactful scholarly or creative works (2 pages maximum) along with a personal statement (3 pages maximum).

A selection team comprised of academic and/or research leaders representing all units from which nominations are received will review and rank nominees. Following review of references, and with attention to assuring diverse disciplinary, approach, gender, and racial diversity, leadership in the Office of Research will make final selections. We expect to invite 20-24 faculty to participate in this initial cohort.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Jeff Agnoli (, Deborah Hernandez ( or Laurie Neer (

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