The SIS Office of Research (SIS-OR) is a steward of the research enterprise at the School of International Service. SIS-OR promotes the scholarly efforts of our community, creating a space for scholarly engagement and aiming to maximize research visibility and impact.
We support SIS faculty as they prepare their research goals and polish their research designs, pursue grant and fellowship funding, promote books and journal publications, and disseminate research to audiences of policymakers, peer institutions, non-profits, and international organizations. We create spaces for discussion of faculty research, such as faculty research clusters, faculty research conversations, and faculty research incubators and book launches.
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SIS-OR ensures that faculty members are supported in their pursuit of external funding alone. Faculty supply the vision, write the grant narrative, and coordinate the research team. SIS-OR offers guidance on funding sources, support in preparing the remainder of the proposal, and guides the proposal through internal review. Throughout the process, SIS Research assists faculty members as they develop, strengthen, and sharpen their research objectives. Some examples of the types of support we provide include:
Developing research goals
Designing research projects
Reviewing grant guidelines and identify potential red flags
Proposing a timeline and work plan to ensure full internal review
Developing a budget and budget justification
Liaising with the sponsor and AU Office of Sponsored Programs
Furnishing samples and templates
Assisting with supporting documentation
Reviewing narratives and providing comments
Moving proposals expeditiously through internal review and approval
While faculty often are focused primarily on the journey to publication, one of our central roles is to help promote the work once it is in print. SIS Research maintains a variety of outlets to publicize your work and will walk with you step-by-step no matter your level of research promotion experience. From bringing together a group of peers to discuss a work-in-progress or getting suggestions on how to promote your new book, we are here to help. Some examples include:
Organizing book incubators
Promoting publications on social media and other electronic venues
SIS-OR also seeks to create a vibrant ongoing conversation about research at SIS, supporting faculty who wish to converse amongst themselves about research methods, or dialogue with external colleagues, stakeholders and policymakers.
Current Research Clusters:
Ethnographies of Empire
Gender & Sexuality
Global Economy and Development
Historical International Studies
Political Violence and Security
Research Methods for Evidence-Based Policymaking
Security & Technology
For further information about the supports for faculty events, or to see the calendar of upcoming research events, faculty can visit our SharePoint site.
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