APLU's Council on Research Solicits Applications for Next Class of CoR Research Leader Fellows
The CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program is designed to provide training and skill development to individuals who work closely in various capacities as or with Vice Presidents/Vice Provosts/Vice Chancellors for Research, including those who aspire to transition into VPR/VCR positions in the future. The Research Leader Fellowship Program will leverage CoR's network of research leaders and allow fellows to grow connections across areas of expertise and to expand relationships between and among professional organizations, APLU, and institutions. The Research Leader Fellowship Program is intended to enhance leadership training already occurring at some institutions and within some regions and organizations. The bios of the inaugural cohort of CoR Research Leader Fellows may be viewed here.
Many research leaders focus their responsibilities and the application of their knowledge in specific research-support areas such as research administration, research development, research compliance, research communication, economic development, and sponsored programs. Very few have the opportunity within their institutions to develop expertise in areas outside of their immediate responsibilities, including those activities delegated to direct reports. APLU CoR meetings provide an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the breadth of areas relevant to the academic research enterprise, and the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program will enable research leaders to increase the depth of their knowledge in one or more areas of interest by allowing the Fellow to: develop expertise and skill in multiple areas relevant to leading a research agenda within an academic institution; experience broad leadership training, peer mentoring, and networking across public and land-grant institutions; and contribute new knowledge and new effective practices to benefit all CoR members, APLU institutions, and stakeholders of the academic research enterprise.
Applications for the second class of CoR Research Leader Fellows are now being accepted through April 20, 2018. Please contact Research Leader Fellowship Program coordinators Robert Nobles and Alicia Knoedler or APLU Assistant Director of Research Policy Sarah Rovito with any questions.
The CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program is open to individuals in positions with focused responsibilities related to building and supporting research capacity and competitiveness at APLU institutions. Typical titles associated with these positions include:
Within some institutions, a senior administrator may have responsibilities related to leading the research enterprise that are not explicitly part of the position title. These individuals are also eligible for the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program. The bios of the inaugural cohort of CoR Research Leader Fellows may be viewed here.
The primary purpose of the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program is to enable research leaders to develop knowledge and skills in new research-support areas of interest. The core activity within the program enables Fellows to arrange short-term visits to other research institutions with strong programs and activities in the skill area to be developed. Fellows are expected to attend the New/Future VPR Workshop at the CoR Summer Meeting; to participate in professional meetings and additional training opportunities related to new areas of interest; and to develop content (publications, concept papers, presentations) related to challenges within new areas of interest with the intent of contributing to broader knowledge and providing unique perspectives on these topics.
Fellows will meet (video/teleconference) biweekly to discuss topics of interest and the possibility of collaborating on a project to contribute to future training and literature related to research capacity and competitiveness. It is not a requirement of the program to collaborate on these projects, but Fellows are strongly encouraged to document the new knowledge they are acquiring and to identify ways in which they can demonstrate their increased capacity and developing expertise.
The CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program will be 18 months in duration, with appointments of a cohort of 5-10 fellows to be made at the APLU CoR Summer Meeting each year. This timeline enables one cohort to overlap with another cohort of fellows for 6 months, allowing for onboarding of a new cohort by the previous cohort, peer mentoring, and other exchanges among cohort members. The 18-month term will also enable Fellows to conduct their campus visits, participate in the identified meetings and conference, and then complete a project to contribute to future training and literature related to research capacity and competitiveness.
The CoR Research Leader Fellowship is not a monetary award; rather, it is a structured program that provides coordination, networking, training materials, and guidance. Fellows and APLU member institutions will benefit from the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program through increased skills and knowledge in new areas that will not only benefit the individual, but will contribute new, effective practices and perspectives to the research leader's home institution. Fellows will gain essential knowledge through visiting institutions with different cultures and adaptive practices; develop a broad professional network along with leadership and collaborative problem-solving skills; and contribute to a growing professional literature base on practices and approaches to competitive research support, infrastructure, and capacity.
Applications for the initial CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program will be accepted electronically (a single PDF document is required) by 5pm PT on Friday, April 20, 2018.
All proposals submitted to the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program must include the following, clearly delineated in separate sections, within the allocated page limits indicated below for each proposal component. Line spacing must not be smaller than 1.5 lines, font size must be at least 11 points, and 1” margins should be used.
Applications received by the 5pm PT deadline on Friday, April 20, 2018 will be evaluated by a review committee consisting of 5-7 CoR members (a mix of VPRs/VCRs and Associates), Research Leader Fellowship Program coordinators Robert Nobles and Alicia Knoedler, and APLU Assistant Director of Research Policy Sarah Rovito. The review and discussion of applicants will be completed by June 10, 2018, with the goal of notifying applicants of the review outcome between June 11 and June 15, 2018.
The following criteria will be taken into consideration:
Participants in the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program are required to submit a final report with required documentation to the APLU CoR Executive Committee at the end of the fellowship or by the date outlined in the award letter. This report should describe the outcomes and impacts of the training plan on the research enterprise, the Fellow’s career, and the areas and questions of interest. The report also should describe any deviations from the originally proposed plan and include activities in progress that relate directly to the training plan. By participating in this program, Fellows are asked to serve as reviewers for future applicants to the CoR Research Leader Fellowship Program for a two-year period following the initial program year.