Research Advancement Academy 2024-25 Recruitment Announcement 

The Office for Research Advancement is pleased to announce the continuation of the Research Advancement Academy (RAA) for Academic Year 2024-25. The RAA is a professional development program for faculty from across OSU to develop research leaderships skills. Focused on early and mid-career faculty, the RAA seeks Fellows who are successful researchers and ready to start developing their big ideas into a large and solutions-oriented research enterprise. The goal of the Academy is to support a cohort of Fellows to successfully lead large transdisciplinary proposals & funded research programs. The RAA curriculum centers on developing transdisciplinary research practice and defines transdisciplinary as a complex form of use-inspired research that seeks to generate integrated interdisciplinary knowledge and discovery through participatory and engaged practices that span sectors and disciplines in a way that transcends traditional boundaries and directly contributes to resolving critical societal challenges. 

Focused on early and mid-career faculty, the RAA seeks Fellows who are successful researchers and ready to start developing their big ideas into a large and solutions-oriented research enterprise. RAA Fellowships last two-three years. Year one includes a series of (in-person) workshops to help Fellows hone their big ideas and develop the skills, relationships, and mindsets of a research leader. The workshops are followed by an opportunity for Fellows to apply for seed funds (up to 50K) to advance and develop their solutions research partnerships and funding. Fellows who receive seed funds will be provided with ongoing coaching and support from ORA during year two as they pursue their research advancement plans. Fellows may be invited to compete for additional seed funds in year three (up to 100k) to maintain momentum or scale-up their research advancement plans. The research advancement seed fund program is supported through a partnership between the Colleges, the Office of the Provost and the Division of Research and Innovation.   


  • Tenure-tracked, practitioner-tracked (e.g. Professor of Practice), and professional research faculty who have a successful record of extramural grants and/or contracts and experience with collaborative and interdisciplinary research are eligible.   

  • Tenure-track faculty should be within 4 years of their anticipated tenure achievement. Tenured faculty no more than 2 years past tenure achievement are best suited for the program. Exceptions are possible. 

  • Faculty from all OSU campuses, all Colleges, Experiment Stations, Centers, and Institutes are eligible.  

Application and Selection Process:  

  • Applications for 2024-25 cohort will open on May 15th, 2024, and will be available through OSU’s InfoReady platform. 
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to share their intent to apply with their direct supervisor and home college/campus Associate Dean for Research (ADR) and to discuss readiness for the program and/or alignment between your goals for the academy and college/school/departmental priorities.  

  • Applications will be due on September 18, 2024 and will include an online form along with submission of a brief letter of interest and curriculum vitae.  

  • Applications will be reviewed by ORA staff and the RAA advisory committee.  

  • The strongest applications from each college will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Research (ADR) who will provide input on selection.  

  • Finalists will be subject to approval by College/unit leadership, the Vice President for Research and the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs.    

  • Up to 20 Fellows will be selected for the 2024-25 cohort.  

  • The selected fellows will be required to attend in-person the series of nine workshops and the Open Pitch Event during the 24-25 academic year as per the schedule below.

Important Dates:  

  • 05/15/2024: RAA Application platform opens on InfoReady
  • 05/29/2024: RAA info session in-person (Corvallis Campus)
  • 05/31/2024: RAA info session online (on Zoom)
  • 09/18/2024: RAA Applications for 2024-25 Cohort Due
  • 10/04/2024: Invitations sent to selected applicants for RAA 2024-25 Fellowship
  • 10/18/2024: Research Advancement Academy Begins
  • 10/18/2024: RAA Workshop Session 1
  • 11/01/2024: RAA Workshop Session 2
  • 11/15/2024: RAA Workshop Session 3
  • 12/06/2024: RAA Workshop Session 4
  • 01/10/2025: RAA Workshop Session 5
  • 01/24/2025: RAA Workshop Session 6
  • 02/07/2025: RAA Workshop Session 7
  • 02/21/2025: RAA Workshop Session 8
  • 03/07/2025: RAA Workshop Session 9
  • 04/17/2024: RAA Cohort 2024-25 Open Pitch Event

If you have questions about eligibility and fit with the program, contact