Laura Argys - Associate Dean Research & Creative Activities

On behalf of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), I welcome you to the web page of the Office of Research and Creative Activities (ORCA) at the University of Colorado Denver. From projects that enhance the effective teaching of Science and Math at the K-12 levels, study and protect Colorado and global ecosystems, simulate international peacekeeping, advance the humanities and arts, identify causes of ethnic and gender health disparities, and create the technological innovations that will advance business and industry, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are at the forefront of discovery in the 21st Century. Our faculty researchers also demonstrate their commitment to UCD’s primary mission of education by involving both undergraduate and graduate students in their research projects, thus giving them opportunities for learning and training through hands-on discovery.

The object of this web site is two-fold: for researchers, this site is intended to help you navigate through the grants and contracts process simply and intuitively by using a “life cycle” approach – from the birth of an idea, routing and grant submission/resubmission, award management, and ultimately, to award closeout; for visitors including prospective students, please have a look at our faculty projects section to learn more about the discovery, educational opportunities, business and technology linkages, and community service that is being facilitated through our faculty’s research endeavors.

Whether you are a current or prospective faculty member or student, I hope you will join us in our mission as the premier urban Research Institution in Denver to advance our state, nation and world through research, innovation, and creative activities.

Carol Achziger, our Grants Development Coordinator, Elizabeth Nylander our Grant and Contract Post Award Administrator and I are available to assist you in any way you may need. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Life Cycle

Developing your Ideas How to Submit Your Proposal Waiting and Responding to the Decision Managing your Award Successful Closeout of your Award


  • CLAS Dissemination and CRISP Grant applications

    Each fall and spring, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) accepts dissemination grant applications to support its faculty for engaging in activities that promote their research and creative work and enhance the profile of the College and University. A critical feature of a productive research program is the ability to disseminate findings and engage in scholarly discourse with colleagues around the world to inform future research activities, develop productive research collaborations, and support new grant applications. Please follow the link above more details and due dates.

    The CLAS Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP) is designated specifically to promote innovative research and creative activities and encourage the submission of applications for externally funded research. CRISP funds are intended to provide seed money to fund studies used in grant proposals and to facilitate research and creative activities that could not be completed successfully with currently available resources. Applications are accepted each spring.  Please follow the link above for details about how and when to apply.  

  • The CLAS Office of Research and Creative Activities phone numbers have changed! Please see below for an updated list of our phone numbers.

    Dr. Laura Argys:  (303) 315-7011

    Carol Achziger: (303) 315-7019

    Elizabeth Nylander: (303) 315-7018