Enhancing Organizational RI Capacity FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does this mean ARIS will no longer offer RI training at individual institutions?
  2. Who can participate in this program?
  3. What is an “RI Team?”
  4. What if my institution does not already have an “RI Professional” in place?
  5. How do participating institutions/organizations benefit?
  6. What is expected of participating institutions in return for these benefits?
  7. If my institution participates, what will our new RI Support Office/Infrastructure offer?
  8. Is there a cost for my institution to participate?
  9. This sounds great! How does my institution apply to participate?
  1. Does this mean ARIS will no longer offer RI training at individual institutions?
    Absolutely not! Offering RI training and workshops at individual institutions will always be a core activity of ARIS. The ultimate goal of the ARIS Training Initiative is to increase the quality and quantity of innovative, effective RI efforts across the United States, and introducing this new program as a companion to our individual trainings and workshops will enhance our ability to do that.

  2. Who can participate in this program?
    This program is intended to serve any organization that conducts or supports research and would like to enhance its capacity to support efforts to expand and communicate the impacts of research.
    We envision the majority of participants will be universities and colleges, but are open to participation by research centers and institutes, hospitals, professional societies and other relevant organizations. We are particularly eager to work with Minority Serving Institutions, Community and Technical Colleges and institutions located in EPSCoR states.
    This program will be cohort-based, with each cohort consisting of “RI Teams” from 3-5 different institutions.

  3. What is an “RI Team?”
    In order to apply for participation in this program, each institution must establish an “RI Team” consisting of an RI Professional and a committed member of the institution’s administration (typically, someone in the institution’s research or engagement/extension enterprise, but not necessarily).

  4. What if my institution does not already have an “RI Professional” in place?
    ARIS will be happy to work with you to identify someone within your institution who can successfully transition into this important role of RI Professional. If there is no person at the institution that can assume this role, ARIS will be happy to consult on strategies for identifying and hiring someone who can serve in this role.

  5. How do participating institutions/organizations benefit?
    The primary anticipated outcome of participation in this program is the establishment of a Research Impacts Support Office or Center, and/or enhancement of RI support infrastructure within the organization.

    Beyond this, specific benefits to participating institutions will include:
    • RI Training provided by the ARIS Training Team
    • ARIS Certification
    • Ongoing RI support from the ARIS Center
    • Access to existing and future ARIS Training materials
    • The opportunity to become part of an RI Community of Practice

  6. What is expected of participating institutions in return for these benefits?
    Each institution must commit to participating for the duration of this 1.5-year program, during which the RI Professional will be expected to do the following:
    • Participate in 2-day RI Certification Training
    • Develop a Research Impacts landscape survey of their institution
    • Develop a database of potential institutional and community RI partners
    • Develop a website for the institution’s RI Office/Center/Infrastructure
    • Conduct at least two RI trainings at their home institution over the course of their participation in this program (with a commitment to continue doing these upon completion of the program)
    • Conduct at least two RI consultations each semester over the course of their participation in this program (with a commitment to continue doing these upon completion of the program)
    • Participate in monthly conference calls with their cohort and ARIS
    • Meet at least quarterly with the administration-level member of their RI Team
    • Attend two ARIS Summits (one upon joining the program and a subsequent Summit upon completion)
    • Serve as a mentor for an RI Professional from the next year’s cohort

  7. If my institution participates, what will our new RI Support Office/Infrastructure Offer?
    Every RI Support Office will look different, depending on the organization and its needs, but core activities typically offered by an RI Support Office include:
    • Individual RI consultations and grant editing/feedback for researchers and grant-writers
    • Annual workshops, training, and professional development
    • Service as a “connector” to facilitate the establishment of RI partnerships
    • Courses or graduate seminars on Research Impacts
    • Connections to the institution’s research development and engagement communities

  8. Is there a cost for my institution to participate?
    In order to participate, an institution/organization must be an organizational member of ARIS. Discounted memberships are available for minority serving institutions, community and technical colleges. (Information on memberships coming very soon.)

    Participating institutions must commit to covering financial costs, resources and facilities necessary to establish and sustain an RI Office/infrastructure at their organization.

    Participating institutions must also commit to covering costs associated with sending the RI Team (both the RI Professional and administration representative) to two ARIS Summits.

    Finally, participating institutions will be expected to cover costs (travel/food/lodging) for ARIS Training Team members traveling to their institution to conduct RI training and mentoring activities associated with this program.

  9. This sounds great! How does my institution apply to participate?
    If your institution/organization is interested in participating, you will need to provide the following:
    • Name and contact info of RI Team members (RI Professional, who will serve as primary contact with ARIS staff, and administrative representative)
    • One-page description of RI Professional’s qualifications and experience with RI support
    • Two-page statement describing need for increased RI training and support at the institution, the current landscape of RI support, and a vision for how expanded RI training will advance that institution’s mission
    • A letter of support/agreement from the administrative representative, affirming institutional buy-in and commitment to support efforts of the RI Professional in establishing an RI office/center

Questions? Contact us to discuss.

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