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.

Research on Tap: Creative Research

Thursday, January 18, 2018 | 4-6 pm
Joan & Edgar Booth Theater
820 Commonwealth Avenue

Hosted by Lynne Allen, Dean ad interim, College of Fine Arts, and Professor of Art, CFA; and Ty Furman, Managing Director, BU Arts Initiative

Standard research is about innovative thinking and practice, about making and testing assumptions, performing, proposing, speculating, asking questions and paving the way for new questions or propositions to be made next time. It is about the illumination of new knowledge around an identifiable theme and question, engaging with the known in new ways, constructing, proposing and testing assumptions. Creative arts-based and arts-led research involves imagination, invention, speculation, innovation, and risk-taking. New knowledge is made possible through the materiality of practice itself. Such practices can be of the most challenging order intellectually and technologically, the most revealing and moving emotionally, the most embodied physically, or the most disquieting politically. This Research on Tap session will explore how artists, writers, thinkers, and researchers use creativity as an essential part of their research. 


Affiliated Events

BU Technology Wonders: Potential Biomedical Applications

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 2-5 pm
650 Albany Street, Rooms X714 and X715

Hosted by The Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research and BU IBRO

Join us for an afternoon exploring new technologies developed by BU investigators from the Charles River and Medical Campuses. Clinicians and basic and clinician scientists are invited to explore applications to their work.

The afternoon will include eight-minute presentations, separated with a coffee break and followed by wine and cheese around table discussions/explorations. Tables will be headed by the speakers and selected clinical chairs. These round table discussions are intended to give greater opportunities to directly explore specific topics in greater detail. An anticipated outcome is to follow up pilot grants to support two-three best Charles River-Medical Campus collaborative technology development applications.


Please address inquiries to Katya Ravid via Robin MacDonald at: remac@bu.edu

A How-To Session on Raising Funds from Private Foundations
Fall 2017

Hosted by Foundation Relations

Curious about the steps needed to develop a relationship with a foundation that can lead to funding your proposal? Sign up to learn about the BU process and resources from BU’s Foundation Relations office! The Foundation Relations team within Development & Alumni Relations will convene 90-minute workshops for humanities faculty during the fall semester. Each workshop is designed to gather a group of BU humanities faculty to guide them through the process of identifying potential donors, analyzing funding opportunities, and crafting effective inquiries to foundations. Depending on faculty availability, this “how-to” session, which includes a demonstration of funder databases that are accessible to BU faculty, will include lunch.

Interested in participating? Please sign up and Foundation Relations will follow up with you to coordinate details.

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