Workshops & Resources

Springer Nature Research Masterclasses available at no cost to Faculty, Staff and Students

A new 3-year pilot program will provide Nature Masterclasses professional development training for researchers of all experience levels by drawing on the expertise of Nature Portfolio journal editors and experts. These masterclasses are now available to faculty, staff and students on all three University of Michigan campuses thanks to the sponsorship of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research, the Medical School Office of Faculty Development and OVPR. 

U-M faculty, staff, and students can access a variety of courses at no cost to them on topics including research design, experiments and analysis, writing and publishing, sharing and disseminating, and career development

Nature Masterclasses are self-paced, online instruction on the research lifecycle designed to equip researchers with the techniques and strategies to develop their skills, confidence and careers. Courses include online videos, learning activities and workshops.

Course Topics:

  • Writing & Publishing a Research Paper
  • Effective Collaboration
  • Managing Research Data
  • Persuasive Grant Writing
  • Networking for Researchers
  • Finding Funding Opportunities
  • Getting an Academic Research Position
  • Effective Science Communication
  • Creating Successful Research Posters

ORD provides facilitations and workshops customized for the needs of U-M units and teams. Online resources include toolkits for proposal writing, templates, and examples of successful proposals. Don’t see what you need? Let us know at


ORD can design and facilitate interactive sessions for your research teams, at any stage of idea development. Whether for long-term strategic planning for your team/unit, early-stage planning for a large-scale initiative, or a response to a specific funding opportunity, we will tailor sessions for your needs to surface the most innovative ideas, focus research questions or create action plans.

  • Ideation: for large groups or small; we can guide brainstorming and team formation around broad themes early in the research development process
  • Proposal design: for interdisciplinary teams working toward a specific funding opportunity; let us help your team develop a shared vision, craft innovative research questions and outline a competitive grant proposal.
  • Strategic planning: for teams or units; we can help your team members identify goals, prioritize milestones and develop a plan for successful implementation



ORD presents a variety of informational and skill-building workshops or webinars, which can be tailored for our unti/team needs. Topics include:

  • Writing a Competitive Grant Proposal
  • Navigating U-M’s Research Resources
  • Understanding Funding & Funders
  • Team Science 101
  • Writing in Plain Language
  • Editing Grant Proposals
  • Understanding the Review Process

    Recorded webinars:

    • Grantsmanship 101 webinar series
    • Opportunity Kick-offs for specific funder programs
    • Finding Funding webinars

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    Contact Us

    Contact the entire team:

    Jill Jividen, Senior Director of Research Development:

    Stephen Alvey, Graphics Specialist:

    Neil Carver, Bold Challenges Research Development Officer,

    Tricia Ebright, OVPR Grants and Awards Manager,

    Kelsey Ebbs, Assistant Director of Bold Challenges,

    Mariah Gavin, Research Cores Office Project Manager,

    Sean O’Connor, Bold Challenges Project Manager,

    Adrianna Trusiak, Bold Challenges Research Development Officer,

    Kelly Walters, Bold Challenges Research Development Officer,