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CBE Office of Research

The CBE Office of Research supports, connects, elevates and accelerates research throughout the College of Built Environments. We work in partnership with CBE’s offices of Advancement and Finance & Administration; departments, labs, centers, and PIs; and partners across campus including CSDE and UW Office of Research.

CBE Office of Research 2021-2 Work Plan


With the following goals and lenses we are focusing on 9 overarching activities in the 2021-2 academic year. We expect these to move us toward our desired outcomes.


  • Foster support for CBE research
  • Connect and coordinate the CBE research community
  • Elevate CBE research and its impacts
  • Accelerate CBE research


  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Continual Improvement
  • Cross-Boundary Scholarship
  • Research Student Experience


  • Professional Development
  • Centers & Labs Oversight
  • Communities of Practice
  • Internal Grants
  • External Communications
  • Internal Communications
  • Research Events
  • Strategy & Infrastructure
  • Metrics & Evaluation


  • Improved understanding of and response to what CBE researchers need to succeed
  • More effective research support infrastructure
  • Greater productivity and positive impacts from CBE research

Professional Development

  • Undertake new needs assessment for the CBE research community, including student researchers
  • Develop training and other programing for researchers’ professional development
  • Provide coaching and mentorship, including for complex grant proposals
  • Work with Advancement to assess and leverage the funding landscape for built environment disciplines
  • Support the cohort hire with useful, integrated, equitable research materials for recruitment and onboarding
  • Develop, maintain and share research-related opportunities (e.g., funding, conferences, publication opportunities)

Centers & Labs Oversight

  • Develop oversight mechanisms to support alignment with HR and fiscal compliance and other best practices for equity and ethics
  • Host regular meetings to connect with CBE’s centers, labs, and PIs around ideas, priorities, barriers, needs and opportunities for research
  • Host regular listening sessions to understand and further support each of these other research communities:
    • Staff who do research
    • Research administrators
    • RAs and students working in CBE Centers
  • Provide direct HR supervision for staff of ARC, WCRER, and Urban@UW

Communities of Practice

  • Connect and support ongoing and emergent Communities of Practice, in partnership and in alignment with each CoP’s needs, including:
  • Humanities, Histories and Futures
  • Technology Committee
  • Climate Solutions

Internal Grants

  • Work with FAO to support the Johnston-Hastings travel and publication grants
  • Continue offering the Inspire Fund grant
  • Share the impacts of these grants to CBE and the public
  • Work with grantees and the CBE community to iteratively align the Inspire Fund’s criteria, evaluation and management to reflect our goals and lenses

External Communications

  • Work with CBE MarComms team to tell CBE research stories that elevate the college research portfolio and align with CBE-OR’s goals and lenses
  • Ensure the Research Portal represents our current portfolio of people, centers, projects, and other research information accurately, concisely, and compellingly
  • Build out the Research Portal to host a database of research outputs (e.g., publications, reports)

Internal Communications

  • Partner with FAO to Identify, develop, share and maintain research guidance
    • Continue sharing research resources via the intranet, listserv, and CBE Research newsletter
    • Research guidance
    • News
    • Conferences and events
    • Publication opportunities
  • Improve the process by which we alert the CBE research community of funding opportunities
  • Highlight research efforts in All College meetings
  • Regularly update the CBE research community on our efforts

Research Events

  • Host regular “Research Lunch & Learns” to explore research topics within and outside of CBE
    • Mondays 12-1:20pm
  • Coordinate with the BE Events Committee to develop and amplify CBE research-related events in alignment with the college’s research portfolio and CBE-OR’s goals and lenses
  • Provide thought partnership to PhD symposium planners around research themes and lenses as well as scholarly networks and other strategic support

Strategy & Infrastructure

  • Partner with the Finance and Administration Office (FAO) and CSDE to refine research administration and support strategies
  • Partner with the CBE Advancement team on strategies for donor-, corporate-, and foundation-funded research
  • Grow relationships with other UW research entities, e.g., Research Advisory Board
  • Lead ongoing partnership between CBE and Urban@UW
  • Conduct annual strategic planning, to interrogate and refine our lenses and goals, and to identify priorities and initiatives

Metrics & Evaluation

  • We want to understand three interrelated things:
    • CBE’s research productivity, impact, and visibility
    • The needs of the CBE research community
  • How CBE Office of Research activities are meeting our goals, engaging our lenses, and addressing the needs of the research community
  • Identify a workable set of quantitative and qualitative metrics to capture, analyze and report on this AY
  • Work with FAO, Marcomms, Advancement, and others to develop and implement measurements
  • Leverage regular research meetings to assess needs, barriers, opportunities and priorities within the CBE research community
  • Launch annual survey of the CBE research community in spring 2022
  • Publicize our first report by the end of AY 2022
  • …and repeat

Engage with CBE Research

Here are a few ways to get involved in CBE research. Email us at beres@uw.edu!

CBE research meetings

The CBE Office of Research holds regular meetings to discuss scholarship within and related to the College. Our 2021-2 meeting schedule includes:

  • October 11, 2021: CBE Research Leadership meeting — We invite leaders in the college’s centers, labs, as well as PIs, to come together to discuss current and future concerns related to research. We will brief attendees on topics from central administration, share issues and best practices from CBE Office of Research and Finance and Administration Office, and provide attendees a forum to share best practices and ask questions they may have.
  • November 1, 2021: Climate Solutions Community of Practice — Facilitator: Kate Simonen, Presenter: Jan Whittington “Mainstreaming Climate Action through City Infrastructure Planning and Finance”
  • November 8, 2021: CBE Staff Who Do Research meeting — CBE-OR holds regular meetings with research scientists and other staff who actively do research. Come discuss the unique perspectives, challenges and priorities.
  • November 22, 2021: Research in Uncertain Times — This will be an open discussion for researchers to share their frustrations, challenges, joys, and successes as we all have navigated the past two years.  Bring your stories, bring your challenges, bring ideas about reinvigorating your research.  What is still working, what is not working, how have you overcome limitations, what limitations were insurmountable, what has made you discouraged, what has made you hopeful?  Let’s get together to support each other and navigate the weeks and months ahead.
  • November 29, 2021: Climate Solutions Community of Practice — Facilitator: Jan Whittington, Presenter: Chris Meek “Decarbonizing the Existing Commercial Building Stock: Pain, Progress, and Policy in Energy Retrofits”
  • February 14, 2022:Students associated with research
  • April 18, 2022: Climate Solutions Community of Practice — Facilitator: Chris Meek, Presenter: Heather Burpee, “Toward net-zero hospitals: research and application.”
  • April 25, 2022: CBE Research Leadership meeting
  • May 9, 2022: CBE Staff Who Do Research meeting
  • May 16, 2022: Climate Solutions Community of Practice — Presenter: Chris Lee and Yohan Min, “Characterization of Energy Vulnerability in terms of Urban Administrative and Community Characteristics in the Pacific Northwest Cities.”

CBE Research Portal

The CBE Research Portal was developed to foster a holistic, interconnected view of the diverse portfolio of the College of Built Environments’ scholarly activities. Visit research.be.uw.edu and explore the people, labs & centers, projects, and stories across the CBE research community.

CBE Research listserv

We invite you to join the CBE-research-community listserv to get regular news about scholarly activities, funding opportunities, policies and guidelines, news and kudos within the CBE research community!

Research Contacts

CBE Research Contacts

Associate Dean for Research

Carrie Dossick | 206-221-4894 | cdossick@uw.edu

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

Rachel Ward | 206-616-2440 | wardrm@uw.edu

Assistant Dean for Research

Jen Davison | 206-240-6903 | jnfrdvsn@uw.edu

Grants Manager

Danielle Manis | 206-543-2045 | dmm17@uw.edu

Assistant Dean for Advancement and External Relations

Alexandra Haslam | 206-685-0175 | alexeck3@uw.edu

CBE Office of Research: beres@uw.edu

CSDE Research Contacts

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (for those working with CSDE on pre-award and post-award grant management)

– learn more about the rollout of this partnership.

Scott Kelly, Administrator | 206-685-4375 | kellysr@uw.edu

Belinda Sachs, Grants Manager | belindab@uw.edu

Angie Thai, Budget and Fiscal Analyst Lead | nthai@uw.edu

UW Research Contacts

Human Subjects Division

hsdinfo@uw.edu | https://www.washington.edu/research/contact-us/

Office of Sponsored Programs

osp@uw.edu | https://www.washington.edu/research/osp/contact-osp/

Grants and Contracts Accounting

gcahelp@uw.edu | 206-616-9995


Quick Links to Key Resources

UW Research
Central location for all information relating to research at the UW.

Mandatory Compliance Trainings
The trainings you will be required to complete are based on the type of research you are conducting.

Human Subjects Division
If your research involves human subjects in any capacity, you may be required to complete Human Subject trainings and/or forms.

Create your eGC1 and submit your proposal to be reviewed by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

Status Checker
Check the status of your proposal while in the application stage.

My Financial Desktop
Track and view expenditures for an existing grant.

Grant Tracker
Track and view invoices for an existing grant.