The University of Kentucky Research Leadership Academy (RLA), supported by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is a multi-component program with three independent tracks which will accelerate the development of aspirational research leaders. The RLA is an immersive program focused on research leadership career development, complex programmatic grant proposals, and emerging themes in research and creative work. 

Why did we create the Research Leadership Academy?

  • Align research infrastructure with college research missions

  • Develop future research leaders within the colleges

  • Train for the next generation of ADRs, Center Directors, Asst/Assoc VPRs, VPRs

  • Provide strategic and focused support for large programmatic grant proposals

  • Support emerging themes in research and creative work

The University of Kentucky RLA program will consist of three independent tracks:

  • Track 1: Research Leadership Career Development Program

  • Track 2: Complex Programmatic Grant Development Program

  • Track 3: Emerging Themes for Research and Creative Work Program

Each track will have separate application requirements. Individuals may apply for more than one track. See below for details on each track.
 

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Track 1: Research Leadership Career Development Program

Track 1 Participants

  • Lovoria Williams (College of Nursing), Project: Community Health Worker Institute of Health Equity

  • Alison Gustafson (College of Agriculture, Food and Environment), Project: Emerging Leadership for Addressing Health Disparity and Equity in 2022

  • Rajeev Darolia (The Graduate School, Martin School of Public Policy and Administration), Project: Expanding Research of Policy Consequence/State Policy Research & Data Showcase

  • Lindsey Fay (College of Design), Project: A Three-Dimensional Approach for Developing a Research-Based Culture for the College of Design

  • Molly Blasing (College of Arts and Sciences), Project: Transdisciplinary Research Initiatives for Russian Studies and STEM Fields

  • Kenneth Campbell (College of Medicine), Project: Improve Infrastructure for and Utilization of Biobanks at the University of Kentucky

  • John Bauer (College of Medicine), Project: Research Strategic Planning for Pediatrics and Perinatology

  • Xiaohua Douglas Zhang (College of Public Health), Project: Leadership Development for Potentially Becoming the ADR and Establishing a Center

About Track 1

The Research Leadership Career Development Program will support efforts of faculty and staff who have the potential to lead research projects, special activities and programs that align with their college’s research priorities and/or lead to multidisciplinary cross-college research efforts. This track will help familiarize faculty and staff with the research infrastructure and processes.

The program will focus on mentoring faculty and staff with aspirations to hold research leadership positions. Faculty and staff applicants will work with their Dean/ADR/Center Director to develop a detailed special project which will help to implement the college/center research strategic plan and/or creative work.

Acceptance to the program will be limited to six participants annually, with a program duration of one calendar year. Applicants admitted to the program will have a plan for a specific tangible outcome or project, for example, a research or pilot project, a shared-use equipment grant application, a conference on a college research or a creative activity theme, a new graduate program track or other special programs.

Track 1 Eligibility

  • Faculty or staff must have the support of their college Dean and ADR or Center Director to apply.

  • Priority will be given to individuals not already in an administrative role.

  • The college/center must agree to contribute support (at least 10% effort) as either professional and/or research effort.

  • Attention should be paid to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of those identified.

  • Development of a detailed special project that assists in the implementation of the college/center research strategic plan, and is approved by the Dean/Director.

Track 1 Applications

  • See application for requirements (LinkBlue ID login required)

  • Current Term: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

  • Proposal Deadline: 2023-2024 call for proposals in early 2023. Continue to check this site for further updates.

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Track 2: Complex Programmatic Grant Development Program

Track 2 Participants

  • Seth Himelhoch/Teresa Waters/Ellen Hahn (College of Medicine/ College of Public Health/College of Nursing), Project: Appalachia Tobacco Regulatory Research Team (AppalTRuST)

  • Darwin Conwell/Lisa Cassis/Nancy Schoenberg/Stephanie White (College of Medicine), Project: UKFIRST: Building Inclusive Excellence through Sustained Transformative Culture Change and Evidence-Based Practices (NIH FIRST)

About Track 2

Complex programmatic grants incorporate aspects such as a vision for transformational research, a broad scope beyond basic research, partnerships, multidisciplinary approaches, educational efforts, coordination between multiple entities, team management, sustainability plans, high institutional value, and a broad national impact.

The track will provide specialized individual assistance and best practice support for development and submission of a specific complex grant or creative work proposal including preparation, submission, project management, and compliance.

Track 2 Eligibility

  • Faculty or staff with relevant expertise and evidence of success in the field of study are eligible to apply.

  • Applications to the Complex Programmatic Grant Development Program must identify a specific funding mechanism in which they will work through the Academy process to develop and submit a complex grant proposal.

Track 2 Applications

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Track 3: Emerging Themes for Research

Track 3 Participants

  • Christopher Waters (College of Medicine), Project: Kentucky Research Alliance for Lung Disease

About Track 3

Complex programmatic grants incorporate aspects such as a vision for transformational research, a broad scope beyond basic research, partnerships, multidisciplinary approaches, educational efforts, coordination between multiple entities, team management, sustainability plans, high institutional value, and a broad national impact.

The track will provide specialized individual assistance and best practice support for development and submission of a specific complex grant or creative work proposal including preparation, submission, project management, and compliance.

The Emerging Themes for Research track will provide support for research and creative work, where collaboration across disciplines and unit boundaries deepens intellectual reach, enables the development of innovative solutions and activities, and enhance impact.​

This track will provide insight from research leaders on best practices to develop new centers, institutes and programs, as well as seed support for new or emerging themes for research and creative work and develop a business plan for sustainability of the emerging themes.

Track 3 Eligibility

  • Teams of faculty and staff with relevant expertise and evidence of success in the field of study.

  • Teams must have the support of their college Dean or Center Director.

  • Attention should be paid to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of those identified or, if possible, within the emerging theme.

  • The team lead is anticipated to devote at least 10% effort to the emerging theme.

Track 3 Applications

  • See application for requirements (LinkBlue ID login required)

  • Current Term: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023

  • Proposal Deadline: 2023-2024 call for proposals in early 2023. Continue to check this site for further updates.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions may be directed to Linda Dwoskin, Senior Associate Vice President for Research or Kathleen Grzech, Executive Director, Proposal Development Office at rla@uky.edu.

What is the definition of Research as it relates to the RLA?

Research at UK includes highly diverse innovative discovery and creative work, and spans disciplines from:

  • Basic science research on the laboratory bench
  • Research with human subjects and clinical trials
  • Community research
  • Creative work in the humanities and fine arts, such as performances, concerts, and books of poetry

Who is eligible to apply for each track?

All faculty and senior staff are eligible to apply. Please see the specific eligibility requirements  for each track.

What is a Complex Programmatic Grant?

Typically, complex programmatic grants have large dollar budgets; however, to be eligible for this program these projects need to address strategic priorities but may not have large budgets. In all cases they meet the scope and requirements in track 2.

How will my proposal be scored?

Below are the review criteria for each individual track for RLA proposal submissions:

RLA Review Criteria Track 1
RLA Review Criteria Track 2
RLA Review Criteria Track 3 

Research Leadership Academy Team

Linda Dwoskin
Senior Associate Vice President for Research

Lisa Cassis
Vice President for Research

Kathleen Grzech
Executive Director, Proposal Development Office

Stephanie Thompson
Project Coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Research