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Call for Proposals: Scholarship Learning Community Facilitators

The Office of Research Serviced (ORS) solicits proposals for topics for Scholarship Learning Communities (SLCs) to take place in the 2024-2025 academic year. SLCs are small groups of faculty (max. 10) that meet regularly through the academic year to learn about a chosen topic together. Faculty of any rank are eligible to facilitate SLCs, and facilitators receive an honorarium of $1000. Topics can be anything related to scholarship, innovation, research, or creative activity.

To propose a Scholarship Learning Community, visit this site by May 4, 2024. 

​Innovation Day 2024 Highlights Poverty​, Environmental Sustainability, and Artificial Intelligence​

January, 2024

​This year's annual celebration focuses on two of the most important trends facing our society: Innovation and Social Good, while exploring new ideas and approaches to solve existing problems. Both trends are important, but their intersection is likely the most powerful dynamic for change. The intersection of these two trends of innovation and social good is where DePaul can play a transformative role. We are a Vincentian university whose faculty, staff, and students can bring new ideas to the world around us. Innovation Day 2024 will bring the DePaul community together to connect, collaborate, and create innovative strategies addressing important issues centered on poverty, environmental sustainability, and artificial intelligence. Please join us for an inspirational day featuring keynote presentations, panel discussions, the Innovation Showcase, and opportunities to engage with our colleagues.​

The DePaul Pop Culture Conference Announced

May, 2023

The DePaul Pop Culture Conference also celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2023. Established by Associate Dean Paul Booth in the College of Communication in 2013, the conference is a free, annual academic event that hosts thoughtful discussions with fans, scholars and media makers from around the world to engage in conversation about popular culture and cult media. Each year's event is themed for an important pop culture moment. This year's conference will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Loop, Daley Building, eighth floor, and it will be a "Celebration of Time Travel."  Click here​ for your free registration!​

2023 Metropolitan Chicago Data-science Corps Conference Announced

May, 2023

The second annual Metropolitan Chicago Data-science Corps Conference will take place May 19th, 2023 from 9:00am - 5:00pm.  Please register for the event at the following link.

GWSW 2023 Phase 2 Initiative Launched

February, 2023

Strategies for increasing research capacity are essential for universities given the highly competitive environment for securing grant funding.  At DePaul, one such strategy is the Office of Research Service’s collaboration with Grant Writers’ Seminars & Workshops (GWSW).   DePaul University’s GWSW Program is a two-phase initiative designed to increase faculty capacity to compete successfully for grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  The widely acclaimed program combines a lecture format and engagement activities to address comprehensively both practical and conceptual strategies critical to the grant proposal-writing process. Faculty participating in the 2023 Phase 2 GWSW Program, which initiated in February 2023, were nominated by their College and selected by GWSW, for participation based on the merits of their program application. The Phase 2 Program, which employs a write/ review/ comment structure over several months with a GWSW facilitator, culminates with drafting of a complete proposal for submission to a federal agency.  Successful completion of the GWSW Phase 2 Program by select DePaul faculty will increase the cadre of trained investigators essential to building DePaul’s sponsored project infrastructure.   

Innovation  Day 2023 Showcases Research and Collaboration at DePaul

January, 2023

The annual celebration of innovation at DePaul, "Breaking Barriers Through Creative Collaboration",  focused on bringing a creative spirit to research to find unexpected partnerships and approaches to solve problems, was held Jan. 27 , 2023 in the Lincoln Park Student Center.  Learn More.

Voting Rights: Bridging Research and Action

October, 2022

Please join us during election week for a keynote and conversation on: Voting Rights: Bridging Research and Action. Keynote speaker Ami Ghandhi, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, will share her work focused on reducing barriers to voting and improving civic participation, especially in communities of color and low-income communities. Then, DePaul professors, Christina Rivers and Mark Weber will facilitate a reflection and dialogue incorporating their own research and activism related to voting rights – for community member who are formerly or currently incarcerated (Rivers) and those with disabilities (Weber). Sponsored by the Society of Vincent de Paul Professors, the Office of Research Services, and the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center, this 90-minute session will bring together the university community to engage in a scholarly and Vincentian conversation around voting rights and social justice.   Learn More.

New Research Collaborative Between DePaul and RFUMS

July, 2022

A new research & development alliance between DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) is leveraging two fast moving trends nationally and locally - Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Biomedical Discovery & Healthcare. In the Summer of 2022, a new inter-institutional collaborative research grant program was launched. The goals of this joint initiative are to fund inter-institutional collaborative research projects between DePaul and RFUMS investigators that: i) result in high-impact peer reviewed publications; ii) “seed” larger, long-term extramural funding by federal or private granting agencies for new collaborative research between the two institutions, and iii) stimulate technology transfer and commercialization arising from collaborative research.  
Please join us for lunch, conversation, and collaboration to identify future research and funding opportunities on Friday, September 16th from 11:45 am – 2:00 pm at the DePaul- Lincoln Park Campus. 
Please email Lauren Miller to RSVP for Lunch & Learn: DePaul and RFUMS Collaboration for AI in Biomedical Discovery and Healthcare. 
To submit your research interest to identify potential collaborators, email Lauren Miller.

GWSW Seminar:  Write Winning Grant Proposals: NIH & NSF

April, 2022

This widely acclaimed seminar will focus on proposal writing for two federal agencies (NIH and NSF). GWSW comprehensively addresses both practical and conceptual aspects of writing competitive grant proposals.  Emphasis is given to such concepts such as idea development, understanding the role (and mindset) of your reviewers, and strategies and tips for each major section of a grant proposal.  Participants are taught to write with a linear progression of logic, which leads reviewers through an application. Strategies designed to merit a fundable score are also emphasized. This seminar will  take place on April 29 from 8:30am-4:30 pm
RSVP:  Room and RSVP Information Forthcoming

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity's Faculty Success Program

April, 2022

This workshop will discuss the Faculty Success Program in which participants learn strategies to increase their research productivity. Past participants will share their experiences in the program and provide information on the URC grant program that funds the registration fees. This seminar will take place on April 22 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

From Research to Entrepreneurship: Lean On Us

March, 2022

If you're a faculty member, staff member, graduate student or undergraduate student, there is a bridge between research discoveries and sharing these discoveries and their benefits with others in society. At DePaul, The Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is a resource that you can tap into to get the guidance and support you need to translate your research into products, goods, services or experiences that others value and are willing to pay for. This interactive discussion will consider how to integrate your entrepreneurship with your career and educational plans. 
This seminar will take place on March 18 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. 

Research in the News: Mastering the Media 

February 2022

This interactive discussion and training will include strategies for interviews with journalists, as well as positioning newsworthy research.  Taking place February 252022 from 12-1 p.m. via Zoom.

RSVP: Lunch & Learn: Research in the News: Mastering the Media (

DePaul University and Rush Expand Collaboration

December 2021

DePaul University and Rush University have announced  they will expand their collaboration to explore academic, professional, research opportunities into science, education and technology.  

Convergent Research- Part 2: Strategies to Support Collaborative Partnerships

November 2021

A panel of faculty will share their best practices for successfully connecting and collaborating with faculty to address multidisciplinary issues. Faculty will have an opportunity to network with others and ask questions regarding the Convergent Research Grant Competition.  Taking place November 5, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson, Rm 303/Zoom (hybrid).  RSVP: Lunch & Learn: Convergent Research, Part 2 (

Creating a New Normal in a Covid Society

October 2021

The Society of Vincent DePaul Professors (SVdPP) and the Office of Research Services present keynote speaker, Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of Chicago Department of Public Health.  Dr. Arwady will discuss the impact of Covid on Chicago and the next steps for our community. A panel of SVdPP research panelists will follow, as they discuss their Covid-related projects and the implications for the future.  October 29, 2021 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm in DePaul Center 8005 and Zoom.

Convergent Research- Part 1: Creating Collaborative Partnerships to Advance Research

October 2021

Faculty will present on emerging trends in convergent research and their collaborative research study. The Convergent Research Grant Competition will be introduced in preparation for Innovation Day 2022 and faculty will have time to network to begin identifying shared research interests.  Taking place October 8, 2021 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm at the Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson, Rm 303/Zoom (hybrid).  RSVP: Lunch & Learn: Convergent Research, Part 1 (

Sterling Bay's Prysm Institute and DePaul University Launch Entrepreneurship Initiative

August 2021

Sterling Bay's Prysm Institute and DePaul University have launched an Entrepreneurship Initiative to supporting Students, Faculty and Alumni Seeking to Start Healthcare, Life Sciences and Tech Companies in Chicago.   The initiative is expected to create a unique professional community in Chicago that fosters collaboration in these growing sectors of business, while driving the creation and expansion of innovative startups.  Link:

Lunch and Learn Series Creates Collaboration Opportunities

February 2021
In order to continue the synergy started at Innovation Day 2021, the Office of Research Services is hosting monthly Lunch & Learn sessions. These sessions will enable faculty to network with others across Colleges, share their research, and foster innovative partnerships. The meetings will be held virtually until they can be safely offered on campus.

DePaul University Joins the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC)

January 2021
The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) is a member-driven non-profit, nonpartisan organization that cultivates technology-based economic development throughout Illinois. With its mission is to measure, connect, and enrich the Illinois innovation economy, ISTC delivers measurable economic impact and works to position Illinois as a national innovation leader. By joining ISTC as a member, DePaul University brings new opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to collaborate in research and teaching. Innovative activities increasingly depend on interdisciplinary insights. ISTC membership can help DePaul community connect and collaborate with corporations, non-profits, and startups to move innovation forward. Read more.

The Office of the Provost Launches the Research and Innovation Leadership Fellows Program

November 2020
The Research & Innovation Leadership Fellows Program offers select faculty members the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the administration of an academic research enterprise, community partnership, and/or technology commercialization. The goal is to transform research into concrete, impactful discoveries, insights, and innovation. This year, Dr. Marty Martin, Driehaus College of Business, and Dr. Kathryn Ibata-Arens, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, were selected as Fellows. Read more.

Sinai Health System and DePaul University Announce Collaboration on Education, Research, Clinical and Community Programs

August 2020
Sinai Health System and DePaul join forces to foster more opportunities for the institutions to work together for providing shared education programs for students and researchers, jointly pursuing research and grant opportunities, sharing expertise and data, and promoting sustainable community-academic partnerships aimed at addressing health inequities. The work will bring together expertise from across SUHI researchers and DePaul faculty, and provide opportunities for students to take research and data off the shelf and put it to work in the community. Read more.

DePaul Creates COVID-19 Research Initiative

June 2020
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, DePaul called on its scientific community to address challenges in the areas of disease dynamics, health diagnostics, security, preparation for testing and clinical care related to the outbreak. In late spring, 15 proposals were submitted to the university's new "Contributing to the Understanding of COVID-19" initiative. Six projects were approved, and research began this month. Read more.

ORS Initiative Helps Faculty Build Grant Writing Skills

June 2020
Earlier this month via Zoom, Academic Affairs and the Office of Research Services, in collaboration with the deans' offices of the College of Science and Health and the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, launched the second phase of its grant proposal writing workshop. Five faculty from College of Science and Health and six faculty from the Jarvis College of Computing and Digital Media, are members in the phase two cohort, which runs through September. Read more.

University Announces SUHI-DePaul Research Fellows

April 2020
This month, DePaul announced the first cohort of Sinai Urban Health Institute-DePaul Research Fellows. The program allows faculty to collaborate to understand health disparities and improve health equity in Chicago by translating research into scalable actions. Read more.