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 Lee 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


  • The CLAS Office of Research and Creative Activities is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Lee is the new Post Award Administrator.  Elizabeth began her duties on June 3, 2015.  Please contact her for any questions you might have about managing your grants and contracts.  Ms. Lee's contact information is below.

    E-Mail:  Elizabeth.Lee@UCDenver.edu

    Phone:  303-556-8830

    Welcome Elizabeth!

  • The National Institutes of Health has changed the Biosketch form.  Please see the new template in the forms section and update your biosketch for any NIH proposals after May 25, 2015. Please contact Carol Achziger if you have any questions or concerns.