Featured Events

The Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research is committed to supporting BU faculty in their research endeavors. The following presentations, workshops, and events are sponsored by the Office to provide information and advice and generate discussion and collaboration. Please check back frequently for updates on upcoming events, as well as after events for related materials, videos, and announcements.

Research on Tap: Discover how your work is part of the conversation

We are excited to announce another year of “Research on Tap” events. These gatherings, each organized by a different faculty member, bring together groups of BU researchers focused on a specific topic. Each participant presents a three-minute micro-talk on his/her work. Attend these wine and cheese receptions to network with your colleagues and perhaps meet your next research collaborator. Please note: “Research on Tap” events are for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars.

The Next Generation: A Research on Tap Celebrating Postdoctoral Research at BU

Monday, September 18, 2017 | 4-6 p.m.
Florence and Chafetz Hillel House
213 Bay State Road

Hosted by Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs

BU is home to nearly 400 postdoctoral scholars, each one bringing a fresh perspective to research across a variety of fields. Join us to learn how their work helps develop tools and strategies that impact our everyday lives, from the tiniest particles to complex brain functions and societal impacts on our health.


Stay tuned for information about our upcoming Research on Tap events!

Research How-To’s

Delivering on the Growth Agenda: Building World-Class Research Clusters

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Time TBD
Location TBD

Featuring David Attis, Managing Director of Strategic Research, Education Advisory Board (EAB)

After four straight years of declining federal funding for university research, investigators and institutions are struggling to preserve current projects while also pursuing ambitious new initiatives. At the same time, a range of funders (from federal agencies to foundations, corporations, and individual donors) are making large investments in “grand challenge” science. These large-scale initiatives require collaboration across departments, universities, and other organizations not only to understand pressing global issues but also to produce solutions to them. Successfully competing for and developing teams around these grand challenges, however, is a challenge at universities that are still overwhelming organized around traditional academic disciplines.

This presentation will discuss:

  • How new funding models are changing the nature of competition for large research grants
  • How universities are identifying potential grand challenge topics
  • How leading institutions create, grow, and support large-scale multidisciplinary research teams


Affiliated Events

2017 a2ru National Conference
Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement

November 1-4, 2017

Hosted by Northeastern University, with additional events hosted by BU, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is pleased to announce its 2017 National Conference, which will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement within the public sphere. a2ru is currently inviting proposals from researchers, field leaders, and practitioners investigating the intersections, synergies, and interfaces of arts in the public sphere and their influence on civility, advocacy, and engagement. Learn more

For a full listing of research-related events taking place throughout BU, please view our calendar.