GRASP 2021

Registrations are now open for the 3rd annual GRASP conference.

ASU faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and research support staff are invited to join the researcher support teams as we connect with ASU's resources for researchers and sponsored projects, and attend virtual sessions applicable to novice and tenured researchers.

Dates: Tuesday, September 7, 2021, through Thursday, September 9, 2021
Hosted by ASU's Researcher Support teams and sponsored by ASU's Knowledge Enterprise.
These groups offer services and support to researchers throughout the entire research life-cycle, from locating funding opportunities to commercializing new technologies. 

View and download a pdf of the event information here.

 Tuesday, September 7, 2021






Keynote Speaker: Sally C. Morton, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Knowledge Enterprise 

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
As Executive Vice President of Knowledge Enterprise (KE) at Arizona State University, Morton advances ASU’s research priorities and oversees activities related to KE’s operations, as well as its institutes and initiatives. Morton helps expand the university’s economic development, international development, and corporate engagement and strategic partnership agendas while identifying and pursuing high-level research opportunities. Morton is a professor in the College of Health Solutions and the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and holds the Florence Ely Nelson Chair.









Proposal Development and Submission:
How Your ASU Research Advancement Staff and Pivot Can Help You

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
ASU’s Research Advancement (RA) staff are here to help faculty identify funding opportunities, develop proposals, and manage sponsored funds. This session will cover not only what your RA can do for you, but what to expect from RA interactions during the entire research and sponsored project life-cycle. Session participants will be set up for successful and proactive engagements with their RA support team, giving participants more time to focus on their research.

This session includes a mini-workshop on the use of Pivot, a funding opportunities and scholars database that is updated daily and allows users to receive results in a variety of ways. All ASU faculty, staff, and students have access to Pivot.

Find Your RA here. 
Find out more in sections 1 and 2 of the Researcher Support Guide

Felicity Snyder

Research Advancement Administrator Sr., School of Social Transformation

Debra Fisher
Director of Research Advancement, Edson College 








Responding to Funding Announcements; Best Practices for Success With Any Sponsor.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
KE Research Development supports Funding Announcements from any sponsor; so how are we both flexible and successful? This session introduces our own successful secret sauce for on-time, compliant, and competitive proposals.

Find out more in sections 2 and 3 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Caitlin Waldrep

Proposal Manager, KE Research Development

Quyen Wickham
Proposal Manager, KE Research Development

Jeannie Wilson
Proposal Manager, KE Research Development logo






experts@asu: Make Yourself Discoverable!
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
ASU's institutional expertise profiling system for our researchers is experts@asu, available at to the public. Attend this talk to discover what data feeds into the system, how to edit and update the system, and how to use it for your research needs.

Find out more in section 2 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Hansa Magee

Associate Director, Knowledge Enterprise Analytics



CREST (College Research and Evaluation Services Team):
Introduction to Our Services

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
This session will discuss the services that CREST can provide to ASU faculty members and staff including full-scale independent evaluation services to smaller scale ad hoc services (survey development, statistical analyses, etc.). CREST can assist with proposal development phase of the grant, through yearly evaluation reporting required by funding agencies. CREST’s array of services can be fine-tuned to best meet the needs of the ASU community members in need of independent evaluators.

Find out more in section 2 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Wendy Barnard

Director, CREST 

Megan O'Donnell
Research Scientist, CREST 







Incorporating Evaluation Plans Into Your Proposal
2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
This session will guide you as you think about incorporating evaluation plans into your proposal. The presentation will cover tips on aligning activities with outcomes using performance-based metrics, understanding the solicitation guidance on evaluation for your project, and finding ways to collect and use evaluation data for program improvement within your grant budget.

Find out more in section 2 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Wendy Barnard

Director, CREST 

Megan O'Donnell
Research Scientist, CREST 










LabArchives and Open Science Framework (OSF):
Collaboration and Organization Options for Your Research
3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
As researchers at ASU, you have access to a wide variety of tools and experts to help support your research activities. Improving the organization of the information and data associated with your research can improve the final outcome. Two products that can facilitate research organization and collaboration are LabArchives and OSF. Join us as we explore the functionality of these useful tools, the similarities and differences between them, and share guidance that will help you choose which one is best for your research needs.

John Kromer

STEM Division Head, ASU Library

Rachel Martinez
STEM Librarian, ASU Library

Philip Tarrant
Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise









Enterprise Research Administration (ERA)
4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
ERA is an integrated system that ASU uses to develop proposals, ensure research integrity and assurance of projects, and negotiate and manage awards. Join us on this overview of the ERA platform where we’ll provide a tour of ERA, discuss common activities that faculty perform in ERA, and highlight the help (teams and tools) that can assist you in completing necessary activities effectively and efficiently.

Jessica Robins

Asstistant Director of Research Advancement, Research Advancement Services

Kimberly Purcell
Instructional Design Manager, Knowledge Enterprise Training

Wednesday, September 8, 2021



Research Data Management Solutions
9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Many funding agencies and journals require research data products to be made publicly accessible as part of a grant or publication cycle. Knowledge Enterprise and the ASU Library have partnered to provide the tools, technology, and services to help our research community meet this requirement. We are continually developing these support services and this overview will provide the latest news on how we can assist your research with data management planning, technology consulting, information management, and data publication support. (

Philip Tarrant

Research Data Management Officer, Knowledge Enterprise

Stevan Earl
Research Data Manager, Knowledge Enterprise








Publishing and Archiving Research Data With ASU Dataverse
9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Launched in October 2020, ASU Dataverse helps affiliated researchers share, store, preserve, cite, explore, and make research data accessible and discoverable. This session covers the scope of the research data repository service and how ASU Dataverse supports funder requirements for research data sharing. We will cover setting up an account, submitting datasets, and working with the ASU Library Research Data Services team. 

Find out more in sections 3 and 5 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Matthew Harp

Research Data Management Librarian, Director of Research Data Services
ASU Library Technology Services

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Agreements With ASU
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
This session will help researchers understand the Research Operations review and negotiation process, including the evaluation of agreement requirements to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, and university policies and guidelines. Guidance through these processes can help ensure successful agreements interactions.

Research Operations is organized into teams that align with business processes governing ASU’s research administration process. As a part of this process, ASU’s Negotiations Team acts as the central unit for research and sponsored agreement administration, and more specifically contractual support.

Find out more in section 3 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Kristy Macdonald

Assistant Director Negotiations Team


Top Ten ASU Library Tips & Tools to Help You Succeed
11:15 a.m. - Noon
The ASU Library has experts and resources that can help you through every phase of your research process, from literature reviews to data management to publication and dissemination of your research. Join us as we share some of our favorite tips and tools to help you succeed in your research.

Find out more in sections 3 and 5 of the Researcher Support Guide.

John Kromer

STEM Division Head, ASU Library

Joyce Martin
Social Sciences Division Head, ASU Library

Anali Perry
Head, Learning Services Division and Scholarly Communications Librarian, ASU Library










Proposal Editing: Your "Fresh Eyes"
Noon - 12:15 p.m.
ASU's Proposal Editing team offers, free of charge, editing for ASU faculty of any discipline that are submitting grant proposals or manuscripts for journal publication. Editor Terry Christenson will talk briefly about shortcomings seen in grant proposals, some of which are surprisingly common. Terry was previously a professor for many years at a top-tier research university.

The Proposal Editing team edits for clarity, logic, and coherency of presentation, as well as grammar, typos, organization, and adherence to agency/journal guidelines. Be assured all submissions to this team are treated as confidential.

For papers first-authored by graduate students, we recommend ASU's Graduate Writing Center.

Find out more in section 3 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Terry Christenson

Editor Research Proposals and Publications, Research Technology Office











Plan Ahead: Developing a Strategic Approach to Research Funding
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
In this session, Research Development will detail how faculty can develop a strategic approach to pursuing research funding. Attendees will gain an understanding of:

  1. competitive intelligence and how it can assist them to understand their sponsor, program, and competition
  2. proposal review, which offers insight into how proposals are reviewed

With a refined understanding of these concepts, faculty will be able to craft a research strategy that puts them one step ahead of their competition!

Find out more in sections 2 and 3 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Keith Aspinall

Senior Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Research Development

Hayley Bohall
Research Opportunity Manager, Research Development

Jamie Burns
Senior Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Research Development










Foreign Influence in Research 
1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Federal funding agencies continue to express concerns regarding the failure to disclose foreign relationships and activities, which could jeopardize funding eligibility. This workshop will provide a high-level overview of ASU’s commitment to engagement and academic freedom in research while addressing U.S. government concerns and risks with international engagement.

Find out more in section 4 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Lael Thompson

Compliance Coordinator Sr, Office of Research Integrity & Assurance

Lilly Leachet
Compliance Specialist, Office of Research Integrity & Assurance

Amber Martin
Grant & Contract Officer, ORSPA - Proposals & Negotiations

Cliff Fredericks
Grant & Contract Officer Sr, ORSPA - Proposals & Negotiations









Corporate Engagement
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Join Elaine Armfield, Director of Corporate Engagement, and expert staff from the Office of Industry Research Collaboration (OIRC/Industry Agreements) in this session as they discuss:

  • creating opportunities to engage industry partners
  • best practices for external interactions
  • “who can help me?”
  • frequently asked questions 

Elaine Armfield

Director of Corporate Engagement, Corporate Engagement & Strategic Partnerships

Office of Industry Research Collaboration (OIRC) / Industry Agreements




Entrepreneurship + Innovation
4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Valuing entrepreneurship is one of ASU's design aspirations. One way ASU accomplishes this is through the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, a pan-university resource for ASU students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater community supporting their entrepreneurial endeavors. This session will detail supports and resources available to faculty and researchers to dimensionalize their use-inspired research whether through the development of new products, services or processes or through entrepreneurial methods and approaches to their labs, units, or workflows. Ji Mi will discuss and demonstrate some resources available such as the E+I training and development options centered on lean startup methodologies and tools including those as part of the NSF I-Corps program, for which Ji Mi serves as ASU PI. 

Find out more in section 6 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Ji Mi Choi

Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise and Founding Executive Director of the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute

Thursday, September 9, 2021









Research Computing:
Unlock the Mystery to Supercharging Your Research

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
The amount of data in our world has exploded, with researchers relying more and more on computation to refine theories, bolster experimentation, and advance the process of science. Our Research Computing facility provides services and resources for Arizona State University’s researchers, students, and computational professionals across all disciplines. Offerings include physical, virtual, and cloud computing resources, GPU resources, data storage, workshops as well as a professional team of computational scientists, programmers, engineers, and architects with expertise in all areas of computing, including scientific and parallel computing, big data analytics, scientific visualization, networking, and cyber-security.

In this broad overview, discover more about how the ASU Research Computing facility can help “supercharge” your research!

Find out more in section 5 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Douglas Jennewein

Senior Director, Research Computing, Research Technology Office












Research Computing: Solve Bigger Problems Faster
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
ASU Research Computing supports a broad continuum of advanced computing modalities, including traditional high-performance computing (HPC) and high throughput computing systems as well as commercial cloud, research data storage, and high-speed data movement. Join us for an in-depth look at our broadly applicable services, tools, and systems available to all, and learn how you can utilize our offerings, as a novice or an expert, to supercharge your research!

Find out more in section 5 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Gil Speyer

Lead Research Software Engineer
Scientific Software Engineering, Research Technology Office

Rebecca Belshe
Software Application Analyst
Scientific Software Engineering, Research Technology Office

Jason Yalim
Scientific Software Engineering, Research Technology Office





Going Global: Important Considerations for Global Projects
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Hear from Global Operations staff about important considerations to keep in mind for global sponsored projects. From proposal planning to budgeting, negotiating, and implementation, we will discuss major elements of a global project lifecycle. Learn all the ways that Global Operations can help you go global!

Find out more in section 5 of the Researcher Support Guide.

Ashley Haygood

Assistant Director, Global Operations






Enhancing Research Efficiency and Capabilities With ASU's Biostatistics Core
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join us on a high-level overview of the available support for faculty researchers and research staff from ASU’s Biostatistics Core, including:

  • grant proposal support
  • data collection databases and data management
  • publication, abstract, and analysis plan development
  • ongoing research-related training programs

Find out more in the additional resources section of the Researcher Support Guide.

Jonathan Kurka

Senior Research Analyst, Biostatistics Core










Humanities Research: Grants, Partners and Opportunities
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
This session will begin by discussing a broad overview of the importance of humanities research and will expound upon the mission, opportunities, and funding resources available within the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR). Presenters will address the questions of:

  • How to approach humanities research?
  • What national grants and foundations fund the humanities?
  • What ASU resources are available to help you?
  • For non-humanists, how can you partner with humanities faculty to develop meaningful research?

Find out more in the additional resources section of the Researcher Support Guide.

Ronald Broglio

Associate Director, Institue for Humanities Research

Sarah Moser
Research Advancement Administrator, Sr., Institue for Humanities Research










Informed Decision Making in Immersive Environments
2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
This session will provide an overview of the Decision Theater’s support capabilities and outline pathways for collaboration and joint research opportunities. The Decision Theater integrates research, data, and technology to understand complex systems and enable decision-makers to make better, more informed decisions. Through expertise in data science, software engineering, and visualization strategies, the Decision Theater works with researchers to model future scenarios across real-world, transdisciplinary systems.

Jon Miller, Director of Decision Theater, will demonstrate a sampling of projects and models and discuss ways to partner to transform research into useful tools for decision making.

Find out more in the additional resources section of the Researcher Support Guide.

Jon Miller

Director, Decision Theater
















Enhance Your Grant Proposal and Facilitate the Success of Your Projects with the Evaluation Services Provided by UOEEE
2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Are you preparing a grant proposal to an organization such as the NSF, NIH, or a private foundation for a project that involves education, outreach, or similar activities? Do you already have a project ready to go and want to ensure the project will be effectively implemented and have the desired impact? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the evaluation services offered by ASU’s University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness (UOEEE) can enhance the likelihood of your success.

The UOEEE has served in its independent evaluation capacity for nearly 30 years providing services to a range of clients such as the NSF, NIH, and the U.S. Department of Education. During this session, UOEEE evaluators will provide a brief overview of the services our office can provide to:

  • craft the evaluation section in your grant proposal
  • support the development of your project
  • evaluate your project in a way that provides timely, useful feedback to ensure its success

Find out more in the additional resources section of the Researcher Support Guide.

Shelly Potts, Ph.D.

Senior Director, UOEEE

Daniel Laxman, Ph.D.
Senior Management Research Analyst, UOEEE

Zora Ziazi, Ph.D.
Management Research Analyst, UOEEE

Courtney Argenti, M.A
Management Research Analyst, UOEEE














Demystifying Analytics: Resources for Faculty, Researchers, and Administrators
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Join the Knowledge Enterprise Analytics team as they discuss popular analytics topics including:

  • KE Analytics 101
  • Leveraging analytics to prepare for promotion and tenure
  • The power of proposals
  • Understanding ERA data

Find out more in the additional resources section of the Researcher Support Guide.

Maura Jennison-Obenshain

Business Intelligence Associate, Knowledge Enterprise Analytics

Richard Szpara
Business Intelligence Developer, Knowledge Enterprise Analytics

Hansa Magee
Associate Director, Knowledge Enterprise Analytics

Additional Resources

  • Bookmark ASU's Researcher Support step-by-step guide to find ASU's services and support for faculty researchers throughout the entire research life-cycle, from locating funding opportunities to commercializing new technologies. 

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  • GRASP 2020 sessions are available to view online at a time and place convenient for you.
  • Faculty and staff can use the Research Academy How to Get Research Funding online topics on grant writing to find step-by-step, actionable guidance to help you find funding opportunities, plan your research, and submit a successful proposal to potential sponsors.
  • Browse additional upcoming events and workshops offered to ASU staff, faculty, and students by ASU's researcher support teams.