Stewarding the research enterprise

The SIS Research office promotes the scholarly efforts of our community with the goal of maximizing impact and visibility. We prepare and support SIS faculty as they create research goals and polish research design, pursue grant and fellowship funding, promote books and journal publications, and disseminate research to targeted audiences, such as policymakers, peer institutions, non-profits, and international organizations.

SIS faculty members never need to apply for external funding alone. Faculty supply the vision, write the grant narrative, and coordinate the research team. We facilitate the rest of the proposal and internal review, allowing faculty to focus on the big picture. 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 
  • Ensuring proposal moves quickly through internal review and approval

While the journey to publication is often the main focus of faculty, what comes after can be just as important. 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
  • Hosting book launches on and off site
  • Updating personal and professional websites
  • Building your own social presence
  • Liaising with Media Relations and Communications
  • Connecting faculty with medoa outlets to feature their work
  • Providing trainings and organizing workshops to maximize your impact
  • Identifying and nominating faculty for external awards

SIS Research Resources & Databases

We provide a wide selection of resources to help faculty get what they need and get it now. Contact SISResearch@american.edu for questions and requests for assistance.

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