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research at the university of iowa

Research at the University of Iowa

Richard Hichwa, PhD

Senior Associate Vice President for Research

Office of the VP for Research & Economic Development

what do we do
What do we do?

Build, expand and sustain the University of Iowa research enterprise by assisting and supporting the faculty, students and staff with their research and scholarly activities.

some key people in ovpr
Some Key People in OVPR

Daniel Reed, PhD – Oversight of all activities

Richard Hichwa, PhD – Basic science, medicine health sciences, engineering, and economic development, Internal Funding Initiatives

Ann Ricketts, MA – Arts, humanities, social sciences, and OVPR communications

Jim Walker, PhD – Regulatory affairs and compliance

David Hensley – Economic Development, technology transfer

Cheryl Reardon, MBA – Research cores, UHL, RIS, budgets and HR

Jennifer Lassner, MBA – Sponsored programs and contracts

online resources
Online Resources
  • Where do I start?

The UI Researcher Handbook

  • My Research Portal

Access to administrative systems to manage research projects

(Requires HawkID)

internal funding initiatives ifi
Internal Funding Initiatives (IFI)

Complete information available soon


Arts and Humanities

Major Projects Grants (open to all disciplines)

Major Conferences/Ideation Meetings (open to all disciplines)

Core Facilities/Shared Equipment


Peer review

Review based on innovation, approach, collaboration, feasibility and impact

Follow-on federal grant submission required

winning institutional nomination system wins competitions
Winning Institutional Nomination System (WINS) Competitions

Searle Scholars Program (chem, bio)

PEW Scholars Program (biomed)

NEA American Masterpieces

(chamber music and dance)

Numerous NIH and NSF Awards

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Awards Program (chemical sciences)

NEH Summer Stipends

the who what and how of economic development ed
The Who, What, and How of Economic Development (ED)

Have an idea or a possible invention- UIRF and OVPR can help develop it

Patent protection

SBIR and STTR grants

Patent value assessment

Gap or concept funding

Business plan assistance

BioVentures or research park space

compliance and your research
Compliance and Your Research

Human Subjects Office –IRB assistance and HawkIRB training

Office of Animal Research (OAR) – IACUC evaluation

OVPR – Conflict of Interest (COI) evaluation and management plan

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) – Assist with radioactivity, chemical, BSL3, select agent, and stem cell use/evaluation

See UI Researcher Handbook for details

coming events
Coming Events…

Research@Iowa Orientation

Monday, October 28, 8-10:00 am

W401 PBB (east side of river)

Informational Sessions about Internal Funding Initiatives – (OVPR&ED)

Tuesday, Sept 17, 3:30-4:40 – 1117 UCC (east side of river)

Wednesday, Sept 18, 2:30-3:30 – 1117 MERF (west side of river)

contact information
Contact Information
  • Richard Hichwa

Senior Associate VP for Research, 319-335-2106

  • Ann Ricketts

Assistant VP for Research, 319-335-2102