CLAS Awards as of 09/14/2017

On behalf of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS), we 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, identify and treat disease, advance the humanities and arts, to those that 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 College has experienced a banner year in new external research, creative and training awards.  Over the past five fiscal years, awards to CLAS faculty researchers has averaged 6 million dollars.  As shown in the figure CLAS researchers were awarded over $7.8 million this past year.  We received awards from NIH and NSF, the Boettcher Foundation, the National Writing Project, and the National Park Service among many other national agencies, private foundations and local partners. 

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, we 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. 

The ORCA team:  Laura Argys, Associate Dean for Research and Creative Activities, Carol Achziger, our Grants Development Coordinator, and Elizabeth Nylander our Grant and Contract Post Award Administrator 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

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) has announced the 2017 - 2018 dissemination grant applications deadlines.  The due dates are 10/13/2017 and 03/02/2018. Dissemination Grants support  faculty to engage 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.

    The CLAS Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP) 2017 - 18 due date is 03/02/2018.  The CRISP program 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 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

  • Student Travel Awards

    The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has competitive funding for students who have been accepted to present their research at a conference. Current Undergraduate and Graduate students who are presenting a paper or poster may apply for financial assistance with the travel expenses.