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Office of Research & Innovation Newsletter · Autumn 2023

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In this issue:

Introduction from Doug Stay, Director, Research Business Operations & Technology

General Core Facilities Innovation Research Compliance Sponsored Programs Training, Education, and Meeting Opportunities

Introduction from Doug Stay, Director, Research Business Operations & Technology

Dear Colleagues,

The autumn season is upon and with it comes a new academic year. We can all identify with the sense a new school year brings and that notion is no different within the ORI. We’ve been busy the last few months and we’re very excited about the work we’re able to introduce this fall.

The team remains focused on identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing solutions, work that will continue throughout the academic year and beyond. I’d like to take a moment to highlight two key initiatives, the ORI CLARITY Project and the COEUS Replacement Project, that are already having a significant impact on our collective work.

I feel it’s important to highlight the work the ORI is engaged in via the CLARITY project to ensure the continued growth of the University’s research enterprise by creating/refining policies, guidelines, processes, roles & responsibilities, and systems to streamline the functions of the ORI.

To date we’ve identified and cataloged over seventy-five existing guidelines and standard operating procedures, operationalized a systematic framework for management of this information and other initiatives, developed a workgroup model template, communication plans, and have successfully implemented several new and revised procedures and guidelines for use across our community. In addition, we’ve engaged in a comprehensive process mapping initiative to document current state processes across ORI, as well as in the schools/colleges. The goal is to understand how we work, what’s going well, what needs improvement, and ultimately how we can all operate with “clarity” around our work. These collective efforts will not only help improve operations across the research enterprise along with the quality of ORI’s service delivery, but also inform how the system that will replace COEUS looks, feels, and most importantly supports the business of research at the Drexel.

COEUS Replacement Project
If you aren’t familiar with this initiative, I’ll summarize in a few short, but likely joyful words – it’s time to get rid of COEUS!

While COEUS has served the university and carried us through 10+ years of proposal and protocol management, improvements in software over the last decade brings a host of new system options that have the capability to vastly improve efficiency and transparency across the many administrative processes associated with the work we all do.

In preparation, we’ve spent the last 6 months engaged in a process to find the right system for Drexel. A committee of 50 of your colleagues from across the university, including faculty, administrators, ORI business owners, and central administrative teams (think IT, HR, etc.) have been deeply engaged in evaluation of eight vendor offerings that encompass all functional areas the ORI manages, including sponsored programs, research compliance, and innovation. We’re nearing the finish line and I feel comfortable speaking on behalf of the committee in summary – what we’ve seen to date in terms of improvements in these systems coupled with the CLARITY project work described above to inform how we’ll use new software is nothing short of electrifying. These systems and process improvements have the power to shift the way we work to an efficient, transparent environment with the ability to think even more strategically about our collective work through data-informed discussions and decision-making.

There’s certainly more to come and we’ll send periodic updates and present at various meetings to keep the research community informed on progress. In the meantime, I encourage you to connect with your research leadership colleagues and the ORI to learn more about these exciting projects. As always, if you have suggestions or ideas on how we can make these projects or anything we do even better, please reach out.

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!

Questions? Email Doug Stay, Director, Research Business Operations & Technology, at

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Welcoming New ORI Team Members

Please join in welcoming our new colleagues to the following teams:

Joining the Research Compliance & Regulatory Affairs team:
Elan Mitchell-Gee, PhD, Director of Export Control & Research Security. ORI would like to welcome Dr. Elan Mitchell-Gee who joined Drexel University as the Director of Export Control and Research Security. Elan joins us with expansive knowledge and experience in the area of Export Control. Her previous experience includes working as Senior Export Policy Analyst with the U.S. Department of Commerce on human landing systems, nuclear technology controls, foreign policy and exporter outreach and education. Elan holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies from Spelman College and a PhD in International Relations from Howard University.

Joining the Sponsored Programs team:
Edward Lee, Grant Administrator. Edward joined Drexel on September 18 and provides sponsored program oversight and administration from the pre-award proposal stage through award acceptance and post-award non-financial functions.

Questions? Email

Welcoming Dr. Jaya Ghosh, Director of the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jaya Ghosh as the next Managing Director of the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program. Jaya comes to us from the University of Missouri, where she was Program Director of the Coulter Biomedical Accelerator and Lead Program Manager of the Midwest Biomedical Accelerator Consortium (MBArC), an NIH Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hub (REACH). Jaya is also a consultant Program Manager for the NIH Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) program, a trained National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps instructor (Phase 1), and has been a proposal review panelist for the NSF Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs since 2019. Her experience running a Coulter program will make for a seamless transition to this role at Drexel. She hopes to also leverage her experience with federal translational research programs to attract federal funding to further enhance Drexel’s support of medical technology commercialization. Dr. Ghosh has a PhD in Biological Engineering from the University of Missouri. She holds three medical device patents.

As Managing Director of the Coulter Drexel TRP, Jaya will report to Ken Barbee, Senior Associate Dean in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and Pl of the Coulter program. The current Assistant Coulter Program Director, Amy Campbell, will continue to assist her with day-to-day operations of the program. Jaya will work closely with the Drexel Applied Innovation team to serve faculty innovators across the university and to achieve commercialization outcomes that ultimately benefit patients. She takes over for Kathie Jordan, whose transformative leadership of the program over the past eight years saw a greater than 10-fold increase in the return on investment for Coulter-funded projects in terms of follow-on funding. Kathie developed a partnership with the Close School to offer entrepreneurial training to over 100 faculty innovators, and in 2016, in partnership with Amy, successfully created and launched the Coulter Fellows program that provides an industry-focused experiential learning opportunity for engineering and science graduate students.

The Drexel Coulter Translational Research Partnership Program promotes, develops, and supports innovations to improve patient care. The program provides mentoring, project management, and funding to promising translational projects with the goal of moving innovative technologies to clinical application through commercialization. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to develop health care solutions that address unmet or underserved clinical needs and lead to improvements in patient health care.

Learn More about the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership

Questions? Email Kenneth A. Barbee, Ph.D., Professor, Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Dean for Research School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health System, at

Announcing the UREP Listserv

Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs in the Pennoni Honors College has launched a quarterly faculty/staff update! UREP will be sending this email at the beginning of each term to friends & partners across the University. The quarterly update will include relevant information to share with students about undergraduate research, fellowships, and enrichment opportunities, as well as upcoming engagement opportunities.

Subscribe to UREP Quarterly Faculty/Staff Emails here

Questions? Email Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs at

BE ON THE LOOKOUT: JP Morgan Chase Concourse Platform

The ORI finance department is transitioning their JP Morgan Chase payment platform from QuickPay to JP Morgan Chase Concourse effective November 1. They conducted several training sessions to ensure a smooth conversion. If you missed a training session, please reach out to Jeannine Reed-Heil at

Questions? Email

DOE’s Office of Science is now Accepting Applications for Office of Science Graduate Student

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2023 Solicitation 2 cycle. Applications are due on November 8, 2023 at 5:00pm ET.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist — with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall graduate thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. SCGSR is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. Since its inception in 2014, the SCGSR program has provided support to over 1,000 graduate awardees from 158 U.S. universities to conduct thesis research at all 17 DOE national laboratories across the nation.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the Office of Science’s six research programs offices and two R&D and production offices, and with the DOE national laboratories/facilities. Program administration support is provided by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

Questions? Visit the SCGSR program website at

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Core Facilities

URCF Introduction to Programming in Python Workshop

URCF is excited to announce our upcoming Introduction to Programming in Python workshop. This virtual workshop will introduce Python for those that have little to no programming experience in a project-based learning approach: we are going to learn how to use Python to carry data analysis for a simple health informatic scenario.

Prerequisite: It is highly recommended that you are familiar with the Picotte Supercomputer, either through your own experience or by having attended our Introduction to Research Computing on Picotte workshop on October 18.

The Introduction to Programming in Python workshop consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: A quick introduction to Python and its basic data analytic capability in processing and visualizing data.
    • Friday, November 10, 2023 from 2:00PM - 5:00PM (3 hours)
  • Part 2: A more in-depth view into programming concepts in Python, including loops, conditions, functions, and testing and debugging.
    • Friday, November 17, 2023 from 2:00PM - 5:00PM (3 hours)

Register here for both parts of our virtual Introduction to Programming in Python workshop

Questions? Email Linh B. Ngo, Ph.D, Director of High Performance Computing, at

Drexel Research Core Facilities partners with the University City Science Center BULB program

The Building an Understanding of Laboratory Basics (BULB) connects Philadelphia residents to STEM training and family-sustaining job opportunities in high-growth STEM industries. The free, five-week training program led by Phil Brooks at the University City Science Center involves hands-on lab skills training as well as career development and networking opportunities for participants.

As part of Drexel’s commitment to community engagement, the Materials Characterization Core and Cell Imaging Center provided tours and demonstrations of advanced electron and light microscopes for eleven Summer 2023 BULB participants. The participants got some hands-on experience on the research microscopes while also learning some fundamentals of microscopy. We will be welcoming a new cohort of BULB students in November.

Classroom Classroom Laboratory BULB Program

Read more about the BULB program

For more pictures, visit:
CIC Instagram
MCC Instagram

Questions? Email Harini Sreenivasappa, PhD, Director of Core Operations, Cell Imaging Center, at

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Drexel Applied Innovation Rapid Pitch Event

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship Startup Fest
Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 2 – 2:30pm

We are very excited to announce that Drexel Applied Innovation is hosting a Rapid Pitch Event for our NSF I-Corps alumni companies as part of the Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship's Startup Fest. Each company will do a 2-minute pitch and the crowd favorite will win a $1000 cash prize. This will be hosted in Behrakis Grand Hall on Drexel's Campus.

Please register via the link below - we hope to see you there! (Please note: The Drexel Applied Innovation Rapid Pitch Competition will take place at 2 – 2:30pm)

Register and Learn More

Questions? Email Lillian Rukenstein, Manager, Entrepreneurial Community, Drexel Applied Innovation, at

Drexel Innovation Fund Opens Applications - Apply for $150K Investment

The Drexel University Innovation Fund has $150K investments available for four early-stage, high-growth, Drexel University-affiliated startups. Applications are open NOW for the Winter 2024 cycle.

Learn more and Apply Here

Questions? Email Chelsea Samuelson, Director, Startup Funding Programs, at

News from the Graduate College

Check out this upcoming workshop:

  • Graduate College/Grant Writing Virtual Office Hour
    Monday, November 6, 2023

    Register Here

    The Graduate College is pleased to welcome Drexel alum, Brian Leung, PhD, for a FREE and open virtual office hour for Drexel graduate students applying for competitive fellowships/grants, such as NSF GRFP, Fulbright, NIH F Series NRSA, and postdoctoral, as part of their academic and research journey.


  • Celebrating Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship Recipient Kati Hinman
    The Graduate College extends their heartfelt congratulations to Kati Hinman for receiving a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship!
    Read more

Questions? Email Sandra Strang, Director of Communications & Events, Graduate College, at

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Research Compliance

New Research COI Process and Form

ORI’s Conflict of Interest group has migrated from the FCOI-1 & 2 PDF forms to an electronic form. Upon initial completion of the form and annually thereafter, all Principal Investigators (PI's) and key personnel responsible for conducting or designing research should complete the COI disclosure form as it relates to ongoing research.

In addition, at the time of proposal submission or when there is significant change, principal investigators and key personnel should submit an FCOI disclosure form.

Find the form here

Conflicts are reasonably expected to be disclosed when:

  • The conflict has a direct and significant impact on the design, conduct or reporting of the sponsored project.
  • The conflict has the potential to undermine University personnel's obligation to Drexel, the sponsor, research subjects or students.

Questions? Email the Financial Compliance team at

International Travel Registration for Drexel Business

NSPM-33, a presidential memorandum, requires a certification from research organizations awarded in excess of $50 million per year in total Federal research funding that they have implemented a research security program that includes foreign travel security.

Research organizations are required to maintain international travel policies for faculty and staff traveling for organization business, teaching, conference attendance, research purposes, or any offers of sponsored travel that would put a person at risk. Such policies should include an organizational record of covered international travel by faculty and staff and, as appropriate, a disclosure and authorization requirement in advance of international travel, security briefings, assistance with electronic device security (smartphones, laptops, etc.), and preregistration requirements.

To comply with federal regulations for sponsored research travel, ORI Export Control in conjunction with Global Engagement have worked to develop a travel registration process.

Any international sponsored research travel, or other international travel where Drexel equipment (laptops/cell phones) is being taken needs to be approved prior to departure. Due to the nature of the review, it should be submitted 6 weeks prior to departure (when possible).

Find the travel registration link here

Questions? Email Export Control at

IRB Exempt Research: New Quick Tips and Research Participant Information Sheet Template

Human research reviews conducted by the Drexel HRP/IRB may result in a variety of outcomes. One possible outcome is that the IRB reviewer determines that the research meets the criteria for an exemption. Exempt human research presents no more than minimal risk to participants and the research activities fit into one or more of the exemption categories described in the federal regulations. Drexel faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines are conducting research that meets these criteria for exemption from further review, so the HRP/IRB has created a new resource for investigators interested in learning more about exempt research, HRP-805 INVESTIGATOR GUIDANCE - Quick Tips for Exempt Submissions [PDF].

In addition to the Quick Tips resource, the HRP/IRB is also releasing a new, much simplified, consent/information sheet template for investigators to use to engage research participants. This new consent option, HRP-506 TEMPLATE Information Sheet for Exempt Research [DOC] provides participants with information relevant to their participation in exempt research.

Investigators are encouraged to review both documents related to exempt research and contact the HRP/IRB office if they have any questions. The HRP/IRB may be reached by emailing

Carlton Reed wins Purina Annual AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Award

Carlton Reed, Lead Animal Caretaker for University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR) won the Purina Annual AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician Award at the Delaware Valley Branch AALAS meeting on September 27. This award is presented annually to a person who has exhibited a positive impact to enrich, enhance, or improve the lives of animals or the environment they work in regards the animal welfare. Carlton has been working as an animal caretaker for 33 years and works diligently to care for a wide variety of research animals at Drexel. By providing excellent animal care, the researchers at Drexel can expect healthy and stress free animals. Carlton provides collegial communication with the research and veterinary staff, ensuring that they are aware of any clinical issues that may have an effect on research. Carlton and other ULAR staff worked every day during the pandemic, risking their health to ensure a safe and clean environment for the research animals. Please share your congratulations with Carlton Reed.

Carlton Reed
Carlton Reed receiving award from Jose Espinal of Purina
ULAR Staff with Carlton
ULAR staff congratulating Carlton: Sallyann Carpenter, Rick Huneke, Carlton Reed, Andrea McCurry, Luciana Villar, Erin Vogelsong

Questions? Email Rick Huneke, DVM, Executive Director, ULAR at

ORI Guidance and Procedure Update

As the Office of Research & Innovation (ORI) continues its efforts toward Drexel University’s strategic plan and CLARITY project we are excited to introduce several new SOP’s and guidelines through ORI’s established workgroup processes that will continue to provide best practices, enhance collaboration, and reinforce our commitment to Drexel University and our Research Community:

  • 1. ORI-002: Procedures for Principal Investigator Eligibility and Responsibilities
    • Establish procedures for Principal Investigator (PI) eligibility and overall responsibilities of PI’s in undertaking research, funded programs, projects, or related activities under the oversight of Drexel University’s Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) (e.g., HRPP-IRB, IACUC, OSP).
    • Effective 11/01/2023: Please note that full implementation will be over the following 12-18 months to align with the CRP (Coeus Replacement Project) and integration with supporting systems.
  • 2. ORI-003: Departing Faculty Guideline and Checklist
    • Establish guidance related to the departure of faculty members who are involved in research activities from Drexel University. The guidance’s primary goal is to ensure notification of the appropriate central research offices and promote continuity in research activities.
    • Effective 11/01/2023

These documents, along with supporting materials (FAQ’s, checklists, forms) are available at ORI’s Guidelines and Procedures page

We also want to thank the workgroup members who participated throughout the process, and their dedication and commitment were instrumental in the success we achieved. ORI is truly thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside you.

Questions? Email Marisa Corbett, Executive Director of Research Quality Assurance, at or Cassandra Myers, Associate Vice Provost of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, at

Post Approval Monitoring Education Sessions

As a part of The Office and Research and Innovation's Clarity Project, the IACUC Office has focused on providing clarity on processes and updating and improving resources for our Post Approval Monitoring Program. Our goal is to:

  • Set expectations for both the research community and our office.
  • Foster a collaborative culture focusing on the animals’ well-being.
  • Create a transparent and educational experience.
  • Update resources and make them easily accessible.

We are kicking this process off with two Post Approval Monitoring Education Sessions hosted by Melissa Whitney, Drexel's Animal Welfare Education Specialist. These sessions will focus on the following:

  • Why do we Post Approval Monitoring (PAM)?
  • Why is PAM important?
  • What are the benefits of routine PAM?
  • What are the types of PAM?
  • What is the process for a PAM visit?

These sessions are intended for the laboratory animal research community, or anyone interested in the post approval monitoring process. Whether you are a PI, student, or laboratory personnel, we encourage you to sign up for one of these sessions. The sessions will include a presentation and time for Q&A.

Register Here for November 9, 10:00 – 11:00am
Register Here for November 17, 1:00 – 2:00pm

Following these educational sessions, the IACUC Office will be releasing a Post Approval Monitoring for Animal Care and Use Procedures document, as well as updates to the website. A separate communication will be sent once these are released.

Questions? Email the Animal Welfare team at

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Sponsored Programs

Update to NIH Data Management & Sharing Plan Costs

NIH will no longer require the use of the single data management and sharing (DMS) cost line item for proposal budgets. Beginning with proposals submitted on or after October 5, 2023, DMS costs must be requested in the appropriate cost category. Please follow the instructions for the R&R budget form or PHS 398 modular budget form. In addition, NIH requires all applicants to specify estimated DMS cost details within the budget justifications. Revised application instructions can be found in the NIH How to Apply – Application Guide.

For more details, please review NOT-OD-23-161

Questions? Email Sarah Saxton, Executive Director, Sponsored Programs at

NIH Final Updated Policy Guidance for Foreign Subaward/Consortium Agreements

Effective January 1, 2024, all foreign subrecipients on NIH awards will be required to provide access to copies of all lab notebooks, data, and documentation that supports the research outcomes as described in the progress report, to the primary recipient with a frequency of no less than once per year, and in alignment with the timing requirements for Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) submissions. This required term and condition will be added to all foreign subaward agreements. All current agreements with foreign subrecipients will be required to be amended to add the new requirement within 60 days of the effective date.

For more information, please review NOT-OD-23-182

Questions? Email Sarah Saxton, Executive Director, Sponsored Programs at

NSF SciENcv Requirements

Effective October 23, 2023, all biographical sketches and current & pending support documents for NSF proposals and awards will be required to use SciENcv. The NSF fillable form will no longer be allowed.

Please refer to the NSF Proposal & Awards Policies & Procedures Guide for more information

Questions? Email Sarah Saxton, Executive Director, Sponsored Programs at

Binational Science Foundation Deadline Extension

The deadline for submission of applications to the United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation Research Grants program has been extended to December 18, 2023. The deadline for submission of applications to the Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants for Young Scientists (PhD students) program has been extended to January 8, 2024.

Learn More

Questions? Email Jeri Nutter, Assistant Director, Grants at

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Drexel University/Spark Therapeutics Gene Therapy Symposium: A Co-Sponsored Event

Thursday, December 7, 2023
8:30am – 6:30pm
Bossone Research Enterprise Center
3140 Market Street, Philadelphia, 19104

Please join us for a Gene Therapy Symposium that will convene faculty and researchers from Drexel University and Spark Therapeutics to present the latest developments in gene therapies research and innovations that are transforming healthcare.

This event is intended to:

  • Build scientific community
  • Communicate both the grand challenges and the opportunities in gene therapies
  • Identify potential areas of collaboration between Drexel University and Spark Therapeutics

With a mission to unlock the power of gene therapy to accelerate healthcare transformation, Spark Therapeutics is a leading gene therapy company, with the first gene therapy for a genetic disease approved in U.S. Since their inception in 2013, Spark has built a fully integrated company combining their proprietary adeno-associated viral (AAV) gene therapy platform with excellence in R&D, manufacturing, and commercial operations.

Drexel has significant breadth and depth in applied research on innovative new therapies, technologies, and methods that improve care and support specific needs of individuals across the lifespan. We leverage clinical work, deep partnerships in life sciences and medicine, locational expertise, research, and programming. Gene therapies and gene therapy-adjacent technologies are topics within our Health Innovation Area of Excellence and Opportunity (AEO).

Please register for the event by November 22, 2023, at 5:00pm

Poster Session:

We invite Spark Therapeutics and Drexel University researchers and students who are actively working in these areas to present their work in gene therapy and gene therapy adjacent technologies during the symposium. To participate in the poster session, applicants must submit a poster abstract no later than Friday, November 10, 2023, at 5:00pm

All abstracts should be informative and contain the following sections:

  1. Background: A brief statement of study’s objectives
  2. Methods: A concise statement of methods
  3. Results: A clear presentation of results, which should be “data rich”
  4. Conclusions: A closing statement of study’s conclusions; do not state “results will be discussed”

Abstracts are limited to 2600 characters (including spaces).

Drexel applicants: Submit your abstracts for consideration to the InfoReady Portal by Friday, November 10, 2023, 5:00pm deadline.

Learn more about the event and poster session

Questions? Email Jennifer Gregory, Research Events Manager, at

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Training on Research Intelligence Tools -- SciVal and Scopus

The Office of Research & Innovation and Elsevier are hosting hybrid training (on campus at 3020 Market Street, Suite 510 or virtual via Zoom) on Scopus and SciVal on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10, 2023.

Thursday, November 9th
  • Scopus – Discover, analyze & network (1 hour session offered at either 10:00am – 11:00am or 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
    Scopus is the broadest source of global scientific research, featuring citations from scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings to help you to track, analyze and visualize research, and foster collaboration.
  • SciVal – Evaluate, plan & benchmark (2 hour session offered from 2:00pm to 4:00pm) 
    SciVal is a web-based analytics solution, allows you to visualize research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop collaborative partnerships and analyze new, emerging research trends, and create uniquely tailored reports to establish, evaluate and execute best strategies.
Friday, November 10th
  • SciVal – Power Users Drop-In (Walk-in hours 9:00am – 10:30am)
    Elsevier Senior Customer Consultant, Charity Elifritz, will be onsite for 1:1 and/or small group consultation related to specific needs.

Please register no later than Tuesday, October 31, 2023. For those who chose to participate virtually, a link to the session(s) will be sent to via email on Wednesday, November 1, 2023. On-campus participants, please bring your laptop to the session.

Who should attend?

The sessions are open the Drexel research community who want to learn about data and metrics to help support research strategy, expertise and collaboration, research funding and impact and engagement within our institution; unique research strengths and multidisciplinary research areas; university rankings to inform planning; emerging trends in research areas; and more.

Learn More

Questions? Email the Research Development team at

New Research Tracking Tool Available

Webinar Series: Introduction to Altmetrics & the Altmetric Explorer

The Drexel Libraries has licensed access for the next several months to assess the value of the Altmetric Explorer for Drexel. Gathering reliable data on the broader engagement and reach of research can be challenging and time-consuming. Altmetric provides data and tools that enable you to monitor in real-time where your research is being talked about online as soon as it’s published.

Join the Drexel University Libraries and experts from Altmetric for a series of introductory webinars covering the basics of altmetrics and the tools and data the Altmetric Explorer offers.

Introduction to Altmetrics for Faculty & Researchers
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
12 – 12:30pm

Learn how Altmetric Explorer examines the broad reach of individual research articles and who’s talking about them.

Register here for the Intro to Altmetrics for Faculty & Researchers webinar
Learn more about Altmetric Explorer and the Drexel Libraries’ webinars

Questions? Email Stacy Stanislaw, Communications & Events Manager, Drexel University Libraries, at

Upcoming LabArchives Training

Did you know that Drexel offers LabArchives Notebook, LabArchives Scheduler, and LabArchives Inventory free to anyone at Drexel? 

Learn the benefits that LabArchives offers researchers and how it can easily be integrated into your research data management toolkit.

Join us for
An Introduction to LabArchives Notebook, Inventory, and Scheduler
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
10:00 – 11:30am

Register Here

LabArchives Notebook
LabArchives Notebooks provides a secure online location to manage the results of research efforts, record and document research processes and procedures, and manage digital research data related to lab research and simplify the management of laboratory data and research and scholarly outcomes. Drexel’s Electronic Research Notebooks (ERN) facilitate reproducibility, collaboration, compliance, and data management with features designed specifically for researchers and for the classroom.

LabArchives Scheduler
LabArchives Scheduler offers researchers with a simply powerful scheduling solution for any lab or research organization. During this session we will cover creating a Scheduler organization, adding resources, making reservations, and inviting colleagues.

LabArchives Inventory 
LabArchives Inventory helps researchers stay more organized with lab materials, ordering and tracking in the lab.  

Visit the ORI's ERN website

Questions? Email the Drexel Electronic Resource Notebook team at or the LabArchives support team at

"Philly Legal Frontiers: Pioneering Cell & Gene Therapy Innovations" on November 10, 2023

Join the Center for Law & Transformational Technology at the Kline Trial Advocacy Center for our program: Philadelphia continues to be among the world leaders in Cell & Gene Therapy. Discover Philly’s cutting-edge intersection of law and Cell & Gene Therapy, diving into the challenges of cutting edge research in an emerging field, bringing it to market, and the ecosystem required to build on Philadelphia’s lead in this critical new industry.

The event will be at Kline Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1200 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA from 9am to 3:30pm (doors open at 8:15 with a continental breakfast; lunch provided) with up to 6 CLE credits available for attorneys (5 substantive; 1 ethics in the area of “Business Law”).

8:15 – Breakfast & Registration
9:00 – Welcome & Research Panel;
10:30 – 10:45 – Break;
10:45 – 12:15 – IP Panel;
12:15 – 12:45 – Break/Lunch;
12:45 – 2:15 – Two lunch panels (for CLE – Financing & Commercialization; sans CLE – Business Roundtable);
2:15 – 2:30 – Break;
2:30 – 3:45 – Ethics Panel on access & equity
3:45 – End / Happy Hour close by for interested speakers

Philly Legal Frontiers: Pioneering Cell & Gene Therapy Innovations event on November 10, 2023

Learn more about the event
Register Here

Questions? Email Eamon Gallagher, Director, Center for Law & Transformational Technology, Director, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Director, Business & Entrepreneurship Concentration, Thomas R. Kline School of Law at

Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference – Save the Date

Save the Date! Join the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the Fall 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, to be held during the week of December 4 – 7, 2023.

Registration will be free of charge and opens on Wednesday, November 8 at 12pm at For those who cannot attend the live conference, all recorded conference sessions will be available on-demand shortly after the event and posted on their website and YouTube page.

Questions? Email the NSF Grants Conference team at

Additional ORI Trainings

ORI is being much more intentional about informational, educational, and training opportunities for the research community. We've created a catalog of trainings and are finalizing a calendar for this academic year. Stay tuned for details as we finalize our Events Calendar.

Upcoming ORI Training Events – details and registration coming soon!

  • SciVal Training - Introductory Training: November 9, 2023
  • SciVal Training - Power User Drop in: November 10, 2023
  • Scopus Training- Power User: November 9, 2023
  • Core Facilities (Overview of Shared Research Resources): November 16, 2023
  • PI Investigator Roles and Responsibilities-SOP Training: November 16, 2023
  • Research & Innovation @ Drexel: December 15, 2023
  • Export Control Overview: January 22, 2024
  • Core facilities (Materials Characterization Core): January 25, 2024
  • Research CoI Overview: February 5, 2024
  • Core facilities (Cell Imaging Center): February 12, 2024
  • Core facilities (University Research Computing Facility): March 12, 2024
  • PI Responsibilities-hour long overview: March 12, 2024
  • Sponsored Programs "how to" - OSP Lunch and Learn Series: January 23 2024, February 27, 2024, March 26, 2024, April 23,2024, May 28, 2024, June 25, 2024

Be on the lookout for additional ORI Trainings, dates and registration to be announced soon!

  • AEO Advanced Computing, AI & Cyber Frontier series
  • AEO Manufacturing & Materials series
  • CIC - Fundamentals of Optical Microscopy
  • Community-engaged research - Overview
  • Core facilities (ULAR)
  • Coulter Program Overview
  • Federal Statistical Research Center (FSRDC) Overview
  • Funding Search Tools
  • I-Corps Novus (Introduction to NSF I-Corps)
  • Limited Submissions
  • New Faculty Orientation 1- Research (Overview)
  • New Faculty Orientation 2- Get to know ORI
  • NSF SBIR/STTR Overview & Support
  • Opportunities for Patenting
  • ORI Research Reporting training
  • ORI Team Onboarding
  • Overview of Sponsored Programs @ Drexel
  • Research Blood Draw-Certification
  • Research Development Self-Service Portal
  • Research Intelligence Tools
  • Resources for Exploring and Starting a Startup Company
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Social Science and Humanities Research Cmte (SSHRC) Overview
  • Tech Transfer at Drexel - an Overview
  • Tech Transfer for Scientist Entrepreneurs
  • URCF - Research Computing Workshop Series

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