OIBR Facts

What is the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR)?

OIBR stimulates, supports, and sustains innovation and infrastructure in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Our impact lies in the fact that we catalyze high-impact interdisciplinary research.

The mission of OIBR is:

  • To encourage trans-disciplinary research by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas across disciplinary boundaries;
  • To enhance the research efforts of individual faculty members by providing services, support, and opportunity;
  • To enhance the ability of both emerging and eminent scholars to further their careers and to obtain extramural funding;
  • To encourage the development of young scholars and introduce them to effective grant proposal writing;
  • To enhance the recognition of the social and behavioral sciences across campus; and
  • To build and expand the research infrastructure at the University of Georgia by turning ideas into funded research.

What Do We Offer?

Grantsmanship Development Program: The OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program (GDP) fosters faculty career development and supports the UGA pipeline for future excellence by developing the skills junior faculty need to seek extramural funding, providing structured workshops and activities, and supporting pilot research designed to enhance future fundability. Faculty must apply and be accepted into the program. The goal of the grantsmanship development program is submission of an extramural grant through OIBR by the end of year two of the program.

Grants Administration Services: OIBR has experienced pre-award and post-award staff to assist with the complete life-cycle of research grants.

Pre-award: OIBR services include assistance with grant development such as helping the investigator integrate and develop research ideas to fall within both the institutional and sponsor guidelines, drafting a working budget template, providing example components, completing the transmittal information in the eResearch Portal, formatting and uploading components, and coordinating with subcontract sites. OIBR’s Research Administration Manger will also assist faculty with searching for funding opportunities to match their research interests.

Post-award: OIBR services include all aspects of grants management such as purchasing, setting up and processing payroll, paying out research incentives, processing reimbursements, monitoring grant budgets, processing sub-contract invoices and consulting agreements, assisting with submitting progress reports and no-costs extensions, and helping ensure compliance with UGA and external funding agencies’ requirements.

Statistical Services: A Ph.D. level statistician is available for consultation, data management, and data analysis assistance. We also offer seminars and workshops designed to enhance statistical and methodological expertise.

Who is Represented at OIBR?

Fellows, Affiliates & Grantsmanship Development Program Participants from Many Different Colleges & Departments:

  • Franklin College of Arts & Sciences (Psychology – Sociology – Communication Studies – Anthropology – Geography – Mathematics)
  • College of Education (Ed. Psychology – Elementary Ed. – Comm. Sciences & Special Ed. – Ed. Theory & Practice – Reading Ed. – Kinesiology- Counseling & Human Development)
  • School of Social Work
  • College of Family and Consumer Sciences (Human Development – Family Science – Foods & Nutrition)
  • College of Public Health (Health Policy – Management Health Promotion – Behavior)
  • School of Public & International Affairs (Public Administration – Policy)
  • College of Pharmacy (Clinical – Administrative)
  • Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication (Communications – Advertising)
  • Terry College of Business (Management Economics)
  • College of Environmental Design

6 Centers of Excellence:

  • Center for Family Research
  • Center for Gene-Social Environment Transactions (C-GSET)
  • Center for Gambling Research
  • Center for Integrative Conservation Research
  • Center for Research on Behavioral Health & Human Services Delivery
  • Scientists Engaged in Education Research (SEER)

5 Active Workgroups:

  • Cognition, and Neuroscience
  • Relationship Science
  • Computational Social Science
  • Violence
  • Early Life Stress and Adversity

Affiliated Centers and Groups:

  • Biomedical & Health Sciences Institute
  • Carl Vinson Institute for Government, Survey Research and Evaluation
  • Education Policy & Evaluation Center
  • UGA Obesity Initiative

How is OIBR funded?

As a service unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), OIBR’s entire operating budget comes directly from the OVPR. Indirect cost return (F&A) is split according to home unit policies.  OIBR does not retain any indirect cost return from grants administered through the Institute.

How Does Affiliation with OIBR Benefit Departments & Colleges?

Affiliation with OIBR benefits Departments and Colleges by (1) offering a formal grantsmanship development program for faculty members, (2) organizing colloquia open to all University Faculty, (3) sponsoring faculty for internal and external awards, and (4) reducing departmental administrative burden through our comprehensive pre-award and post-award services. OIBR can also help Departments and Colleges with faculty recruitment and assist in the socialization of new faculty by offering a supportive intellectual environment for the pursuit of research. For grants submitted through the institute, 100% of the academic credit remains at the investigator’s home department. Indirect cost return is split in accordance with unit policies.  An affiliated investigator may divide their portion of the indirect cost return 50/50 between their home department and OIBR with unit approval.   In this case, 100% of OIBR’s portion of the indirect cost return will be provided to the investigator for use as discretionary research support funding and will be managed by the same Business Manager who handles the faculty member’s post-award account activities.

How Does Affiliation with OIBR Benefit Faculty?

The multi-disciplinary collaboration and intellectual environment of OIBR has proven to be a rewarding professional experience for our fellows and provides a platform for networking and research opportunities. Faculty who participate in our grantsmanship development program attend grant writing workshops and structured activities, can apply for funds to support pilot research to increase the likelihood of successful grant funding, and receive other grants specific support services. Faculty who choose to submit grants through OIBR will also benefit from our experienced pre-award and post-award staff.

OIBR by the numbers 2009-2016:

  • New proposals submitted: 371
  • New proposals funded: 113
  • New awards dollars: $77,629,073

Questions?

Director: Lillian Eby, Ph.D.
leby@uga.edu (706.542.1806)

Associate Director: Phaedra Corso, Ph.D.
pcorso@uga.edu (706.369.5958)

Assistant Director: Kim Silvis Cherewick
ksilvis@uga.edu  (706.542.6078)