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UK Research Support Services

Research Management Offices

Vice President for Research - Resources for Researchers 

This website provides a summary list of resources and services available to all UK investigators.

Internal Funding Opportunities

This website provides a list of funding opportunities offered by the University. Of particular interest to new investigators are the Research Support Grants (due October 1 and April 1), which are awarded biannually.

Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

ORI manages the medical and non-medical institutional review boards (IRB) that govern research studies involving human subjects and animals. ORI staff support investigators at all levels across such issues as human subject safety and protections, use of animals in research, conflict of interest, responsible authorship, data management and confidentiality, data sharing, laboratory safety, and research misconduct. The College of Public Health’s research is reviewed by the medical IRB.

Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA)

The administrative arm of the UK Research Foundation, OSPA manages the procurement, review, approval, and submission of grant proposals as well as the negotiation and administration of award agreements. OSPA has two principal types of employees: a College Grants Officer (CGO) who assists faculty with budget preparation and proposal review and a Research Administrator (RA) who submits proposals, negotiates contract terms, and ensures compliance with sponsor requirements throughout the award. The College of Public Health’s CGO is Jeff Kurz, and the College’s RA is Brett McCourt. All grant proposals must be submitted to sponsors by authorized OSPA personnel.

Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA)

The accounting arm of the UK Research Foundation, SPA prepares and submits financial reports and⁄or invoices to sponsoring agencies, including cost sharing obligations. SPA also manages faculty effort reporting to sponsors and the annual A-133 audit. Investigators typically do not interact extensively with SPA; this office works closely with OSPA and the College’s business office.

Proposal Development Office (PDO)

As a support unit focused on the pre-award stage of extramural funding, PDO primarily assists with identifying funding opportunities and opportunities for collaboration across campus. Sign up to receive funding opportunity notifications and additional informational resources from PDO here.

Sponsored Project Information Files (SPIFi)

SPIFi is a searchable database of externally funded sponsored projects conducted at the University of Kentucky. The database, maintained by the Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, includes projects funded by a variety of federal, state, non-profit and industry sponsors.

Provost Budget Office Small Grant Group

This group collaborates with College/Program/Central Units to provide tools that will enable departments to achieve operational and strategic goals through guidance on best practices with regards to pre- and post-award grants management. Margaret McGladrey and Lizeth Fowler are the College of Public Health's representatives to this group.

Research Services and Resources

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

The CCTS co-provides core research support and training infrastructure in other areas such as pilot project funding, education and career development, biostatistics and research design, regulatory support and research integrity, biomedical informatics, development of novel therapeutics and medical devices, and translational technology development. Key informatics resources within the CCTS include the Biomedical Informatics Core, the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design consulting group, and the Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) Consortium, a secure, web-based application designed exclusively to support data capture for research studies. CCTS can also provide participant recruitment and laboratory testing services as well as offers opportunities for pilot study funding and training, education, and mentoring for clinical research coordinators, graduate students, and junior faculty. To learn more about CCTS services for investigators, download Town Hall presentations here and here. To cite the CCTS in manuscript acknowledgements, use the following statement: The project described was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through grant number UL1TR000117. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.

UK Libraries

UK operates a nationally recognized research library system comprised of 12 individual libraries. In addition to housing more than 3.9 million volumes (550,000 e-books), 97,000 periodical titles (69,000 electronic journals), over 6.5 million microforms, more than 99,000 audio-visual materials, and 450 licensed online databases, UK Libraries has a Medical Center Library that offers library services tailored to health sciences research, including literature searches. Visit the Medical Center Library here.

Social Sciences Teaching and Research Statistics (SSTARS) Center

SSTARS provides a powerful desktop statistical computing environment, including appropriate peripherals, for investigator access to and use of various databases and statistical programs required in their research. SSTARS services include acquiring, cataloging, supporting, and disseminating internal and external datasets to UK investigators. Visit the website to download licenses for commonly used statistical software packages, such as SAS and SPSS.

Survey Research Center

UK-SRC provides expertise in survey and questionnaire design, sampling, computer technology, and advanced statistical methods. The survey center provides the expertise, resources, facilities, and staff for research using telephone surveys, face-to-face interviews, web surveys, and mailed questionnaires. Visit the website to request UK-SRC assistance.