Faculty and Resident Research

The following support is provided to faculty:

Ask the Office of Research Team

Students and faculty can reach out directly to the Office of Research Team to ask any question that may require a quick answer through the “Ask the Office of Research Team” form. In this way, students and faculty are not limited to meeting in-person on certain dates and times to get help. If more in-depth help is needed, please email Daliah Brown and Jessica Gilles at [email protected], [email protected] to schedule a meeting with an Office of Research team member.

Ask the Office of Research Team →

Grant Development

Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper serves as the Grant Development Specialist. She is available to help faculty identify potential funding sources as well as edit and prepare grant applications. Please email Vicki at [email protected] to schedule a time to discuss your needs.

Bridge Funding Award for Faculty

Bridge funding is intended to provide short-term financial support to sustain the research programs, laboratories and momentum of productive researchers during funding gaps to give them a chance to regain extramural funding. Bridge funding is targeted to all members of the faculty of the College of Medicine Rockford who have established projects that demonstrate high probability of securing extramural funding. One $10,000 grant is awarded annually.

Please submit the completed application as a single pdf file to Dr. Mathew T. Mathew at [email protected]. Please feel free to contact Dr. Mathew with any questions at 815-395-5883.

Bridge Funding Guidelines  →

Bridge Funding Application →

Clinical, Educational & Community Health Research Grant

The purpose of the Clinical, Educational and Community Health Research Grant is to provide funding for research that improves healthcare delivery or expands the body of knowledge in an area of clinical research, educational research, and/or improves health in the community. The types of projects sought are those that will provide the foundation for development of larger grants and/or develop, enhance, or expand clinical, educational, or community research. Two faculty awards of up to $5,000 are awarded annually.

Application Receipt, Points and Deadlines

An electronic version (Word or pdf) of the application is required to be sent to Daliah Brown at [email protected].

Faculty Application Instructions →

Grant Application  →

Resident Research Travel Award

The Resident Research Travel Award is awarded to a resident who is presenting as a first author at a national conference. Up to $500 for residents in reimbursement for conference registration and travel expenses is awarded.

 APPLICATION Resident Research Travel Award →

Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs)

For faculty and academic researchers, publishing papers and writing grants can be important for their careers, but making time to do it can be a challenge. Writing Accountability Groups (WAG) can provide support and accountability that will increase writing productivity in groups of academic researchers on campus. WAG groups meet one time weekly for 60-90 minutes depending on the group. Currently, the Office of Research hosts a WAG group for individuals working on grant applications and a WAG group for individuals working on manuscripts/publications. Each session consists of:

  • 10-15 minute check-in with sharing of accomplishments, barriers and brainstorming solutions from the previous week
  • 45 minutes of writing
  • 5 minutes of setting goals for the next week

If you are interested in joining a Writing Accountability Group on campus, contact Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at [email protected]. Additional groups can be created to accommodate interest.

Junior Faculty and Postdoc (JFPD) Club

The Office of Research hosts the bi-monthly JFPD Club for UICOMR Junior Faculty and Post-Docs. The group is facilitated by two junior faculty from the Rockford campus. For more information about joining the group, please contact Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at [email protected].


The Office of Research hosts periodic presentations on a variety of research topics. The presentations have been recorded and are accessible through the campus YouTube channel.

  • Writing Accountability Groups →
    Kharma Foucher, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
    Associate Director for Education and Professional Development, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois Chicago
    Kristine Zimmermann, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Division of Health Research and Evaluation, Department of Family & Community Medicine,
    University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford & UIC School of Public Health
  • Pursuing Foundation & Corporate Funding to Support Your project →
    Morgan Benson, MS,
    Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations
  • Framing Your Research for a Prestigious Journal →
    Susan R. Ross, PhD Sweeney Basic Sciences Professor and Head Department of Microbiology and Immunology University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago
  • My Path from Postdoc to Mid-Career Faculty →
    Hannah J. Lundberg, PhD, Associate Professor Director, Section of Biomechanics, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University
  • How to Write a Case Report →
    Luqman Baloch, MD, Assistant Program Director, Mercyhealth Internal Medicine Residency Clinical Assistant Professor University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties
    Lintu Ramachandran, MD, Internal Medicine, Primary Care Mercyhealth Clinical Associate (Mercyhealth Resident) University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties
  • Creating Compelling and Well-Designed Posters, Presentations and Charts →
    Cindy Veldhuis, PhD, MS, is a research psychologist at the Columbia University School of Nursing whose research is funded by an NIH K99/R00. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago and completed her master’s (Cognitive Psychology) and bachelor’s (double major: Theater and Psychology) at the University of Oregon.
  • From Discovery to the Market, How Can You Work with OTM at UIC →
    Hyunjin Kim, PhD, Technology Manager with the UIC Office of Technology Management.
  • West Loop Innovations Collaborations →
    Melissa Maderia, PhD., Scientific Collaboration Director with West Loop Innovations.

Other Research Resources

UIC Research Open Access Article Publishing (ROAAP) Fund →
The UIC Research Open Access Publishing Fund supports faculty, researchers, staff, post-docs, and students who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication, but are not supported by grants or contracts with funds to help cover open access or paid access publishing fees. The ROAAP fund provides financial support towards open access fees in open access journals.

Many grant funders ask for specific institutional information which can be found here:
Standard Institutional Information →