ORIC Program Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does this mean ARIS will no longer offer RI training at individual institutions?
  2. Who can participate in the ORIC Program?
  3. What is an “RI Team?”
  4. What if my organization or 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 organization/institution participates, what will our new RI Support Office/Infrastructure offer?
  8. Is there a cost for my organization/institution to participate?
  9. This sounds great! How does my institution apply to participate?
  10. When can I apply?
  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 ORIC is to increase the quality and quantity of innovative, effective RI efforts across the United States. Introducing ORIC as a companion to our individual trainings and workshops will enhance our ability to do that.

  2. Who can participate in the ORIC program?
    ORIC is intended to serve any organization or institution that conducts or supports research and would like to enhance its capacity to support efforts to expand and communicate the impacts of that research. We envision the majority of participants will be universities and colleges, but we 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 an Administrative Partner who is 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 organization or institution does not already have an “RI Professional” in place?
    ARIS will be happy to work with you to identify someone within your organization/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 that, 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

  • What is expected of participating organizations/institutions in return for these benefits?
    Each organization or institution must commit to participating for the duration of this one-year program, during which the RI Professional will be expected to do the following:
    • Participate in an extensive RI Certification Training Series
    • Develop a Research Impacts landscape analysis of their organization/institution
    • Develop a database of potential organizational/institutional and community RI partners
    • Develop a website for the organization’s/institution’s RI Office/Center/Infrastructure
    • Conduct at least two RI trainings within their organization/institution over the course of their participation in ORIC
    • Conduct at least two RI consultations with faculty/researchers within their organization/institution
    • Hold monthly meetings of their RI Team
    • Participate in regular conference calls with members of their ORIC cohort and the ARIS Training 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

  • If my organization/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

  • Is there a cost for my organization/institution to participate?
    There is no cost for an organization or institution to participate in ORIC. Application to participate is required and we expect the application process to be competitive, as each cohort will be limited to a maximum of five organizations/institutions.

  • This sounds great! How does my organization/institution apply to participate?
    If your organization/institution is interested in participating, you will need to complete an application via this ORIC Application. A complete application will include the following:
    • Name and contact info of RI Team members (RI Professional, who will serve as primary contact with ARIS staff, as well as an Administrative Partner)
    • One-page description of RI Professional’s qualifications and experience with RI support. (Please note: Lack of prior RI support experience is not seen as a weakness in an applicant, as the goal of this program is to provide RI training and experience. We simply want to have a sense of each applicant’s “starting point,” with respect to RI support.)
    • Two-page (maximum) 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 Partner, affirming organizational/institutional buy-in and commitment to support efforts of the RI Professional in establishing an RI office/center or enhancing RI infrastructure.

  • When can I apply?
    We are currently accepting applications for the first full ORIC cohort. Applications are being accepted through March 1, 2021, with training to begin in April.

    If you have additional questions about ORIC, contact us.

    To apply, please visit the ORIC Application.