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Research Expo

This event features information to support the growth and success of your research program!

More than 50 exhibitors – research support services, centers/institutes, community partners and vendors – will be on hand to help you navigate your way through Ohio State’s research enterprise.

Attend one or more “Lightning Talks” (~10 minutes each, see schedule below); demos/presentations feature resources to: find funding, build a data management plan, access purchasing tools to effectively manage your start up funds, use the PI Portal to monitor your research projects, engage with iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software), establish an ORCID (Researcher ID), etc.


11:30 a.m.
Opening Reception for all early career investigators; enjoy exclusive access to our exhibitor community; welcome remarks at Noon.

Noon – 2:00 PM
Research Expo opens for all members of the research community

12:15 PM – 1:25 PM
“Lightning Talks” – brief presentations/demos every 10 minutes

  • 12:15 PM – SPIN Funding Opportunities Database
  • 12:25 PM – eCOI (Conflict of Interest Disclosure form)
  • 12:35 PM – Data Management Plans
  • 12:45 PM – Purchasing Tools (managing your start-up funds)
  • 12:55 PM – PI Portal (administrative and financial information)
  • 01:05 PM – iThenticate (anti-plagiarism software)
  • 01:15 PM – ORCID (researcher ID)

Research Expo 2016: A Resounding Success

Research Expo 2016

The 2016 Research Expo, the Office of Research’s annual event to bring together university research support services, centers/institutes, community partners, and vendors was a resounding success. Over 65 exhibitors, and 150 attendees came to this year’s new location at the Research Commons located on the third floor of the 18th Avenue Library. The morning began with opening remarks by Dr. Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Alison Armstrong, associate director for research and education, University Libraries, welcoming the exhibitors and early career investigators. Afterwards, attendees had the opportunity to network with exhibitors, and to take in a new series of “Lightning Talks,” short 10 minute demonstrations, showcasing the valuable resources available to university researchers.

A full list of the 2016 exhibitors can be found at:

Photos from the Expo can be found at:

Research Commons Celebrates Grand Opening

On Tuesday, January 26, the Research Commons held its Grand Opening. After opening its doors at the beginning of the spring semester, the Research Commons welcomed over 100 guests for a private reception. Carol Pitts Diedrichs, the Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries, was the master of ceremonies and spoke of the interdisciplinary and collaborative spaces and services offered by the Research Commons, saying, “We’re honored to be at the center of the many campus partnerships that support each stage of the research life cycle.” Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce McPheron praised the efforts of both Diedrichs and Caroline C. Whitacre, the Vice President for Research who also spoke, to bring the Research Commons to fruition, citing the importance of collaboration across campus.

Carol Diedrichs at Research Commons Grand Opening

Vice Provost and Director of University Libraries Carol Pitts Diedrichs

After the private reception, the Research Commons hosted an open house for the entire campus. Faculty and staff members, along with graduate students, toured the new space and explored the technology offered throughout the different rooms. The Research Commons includes several Project Rooms with collaboration stations that enable up to four users to take turns sharing their displays on a flat panel monitor. In the Brainstorming room(s), two projectors feature AirMedia technology to allow users to wirelessly project their screens onto a whiteboard, a great feature for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) group projects. Other spaces in the Research Commons include a 10-person Conference Room with video-conferencing technology, a Digital Visualization studio, and a Computer Lab. For details about reserving and using these spaces for your research, visit our room reservation page here: Reserve a Room.

Research Commons Brainstorming room

Guests explore the AirMedia technology in the Brainstorming room

The open house provided the opportunity for potential users of the space to see what the Research Commons has to offer, in terms of both spaces and services. Research Commons partners,  from within the Libraries and across campus, offered informational materials and were available for questions during the open house. The Copyright Resources Center, Data Management Librarian, Office of Research, Office of Responsible Research Practices, and Writing Center all hold weekly office hours within the Research Commons. Researchers can find more information and request appointments with our expert partners via our consultations page here: Schedule a Consultation.

Research Commons Partners

Research Commons partners speak to guests during the open house

In the weeks since its been open, the Research Commons has hosted seven events, attended by more than 200 researchers across all levels – faculty, staff, postdocs, graduates, and undergraduates. These early events have highlighted the use of the space for educational workshops and research showcase activities. We’ve got a full slate of workshops and other events planned for the rest of the Spring semester, and you can see what’s coming up on our events page here: Upcoming Events.

If you have any questions about the Research Commons spaces and services, please email us at

Learning GIS in the Library

GIS workshop in Thompson Library

On Thursday, July 30, the Research Commons jointly sponsored a day-long Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop in Thompson Library with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA).

The event, called “GIS for the Rest of Us,” brought together a group of about 60 Ohio State faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students spanning nine different Colleges at Ohio State, including: Arts and Sciences; Engineering; the Fisher College of Business; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; the John Glenn College of Public Affairs; Medicine; Nursing; Public Health; and Social Work. Within the College of Arts and Sciences, disciplines spanning the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural and physical sciences were all represented by workshop participants.

In addition to the Ohio State participants, several attendees visited us from off-campus, representing a variety of organizations including the City of Columbus, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, National Audobon Society, and United Way of Central Ohio. The diversity of the workshop participants illustrates the widespread interdisciplinary interest in GIS and the recognition that geospatial concepts, tools, and technologies are applicable in a wide array of research fields and workplace settings.

The event began with presentations from two graduate students in the Department of Geography. Calvin Tribby, a Ph.D. student, oriented workshop participants to the concept of “thinking spatially,” and Ryan Crumley, a recent Master’s graduate, explained how he used GIS to pinpoint water sample locations during his research on Peruvian glaciers (pictured above).

From 10am to 3pm, workshop participants rotated through four different one-hour stations. Josh Sadvari, GIS Specialist for the University Libraries, led a session on getting started with ArcGIS Online. Jason Cervenec and Ryan Crumley of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center led two sessions covering basic and more advanced features of Google Earth. Matthew Adair of CURA led a session on using Esri Story Maps to create a spatial narrative with photos, text, and location data.

Given the amount of interest generated by this workshop, we plan to offer additional sessions in the future on each of these different tools and look forward to future collaborations with our friends at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and CURA! Stay informed by following us on Twitter at: @OSUrescommons.

If you have questions about how you might use GIS tools and technologies in your own teaching or research, or you would like assistance locating geospatial data for your work, please contact Josh Sadvari at

Special Funding Opportunities: An Overview

The Office of Research will periodically post funding opportunities and resources in conjunction with the Research Commons. Below is a brief overview of special funding opportunities, a few notes regarding Office of Research services, and other ways to find funding.

The Office of Research manages special funding opportunities for members of the Ohio State community.  Special funding opportunities are funding mechanisms or recognitions that fall into one or more of the categories below:

Early Career Grants, prizes, or awards for researchers who are within the first few years of their career.
Limited Submission Funding Opportunities Grants, prizes, or awards in which the sponsor limits the number of proposals each institution may submit.
Notable Funding Opportunities Grants, prizes, or awards deemed “highly prestigious” by the National Research Council.
Nomination Programs Prizes or awards for which member(s) of the Ohio State community are invited or nominated to apply.
Prizes Prizes or awards for which member(s) of the Ohio State community can nominate themselves. Prizes usually come with a cash award and/or formal recognition.

These special funding opportunities are posted on the Office of Sponsored Programs website and are searchable by category or by college, institute, or center. See link below.

In addition to identifying and distributing these funding opportunities, the Office of Research also provides support during the nomination process and serves as a sponsor liaison. Special funding opportunities have an internal deadline that is typically six weeks prior to the sponsor deadline to allow enough time for the Office of Research to support the applicant during the submission process.

Here are links for a few tools associated with finding research funding, including databases listing the special funding opportunities described above, as well as external funding opportunities that can be located through funding search databases such as InfoEd SPIN.

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