Tiny Victories | Terry Campbell

By SRAI News posted 05-12-2021 09:47 AM


Tiny Victories | Terry Campbell

In this year of so many challenges, tiny victories can almost seem like major accomplishments. The Catalyst wants to highlight your tiny victories in research administration and how you are using them to get through everything life has recently thrown at us. Through sharing our tiny victories, we believe it will give us hope in this year and beyond. Join us as we congratulate Terry Campbell on her recent Tiny Victory!

Share your tiny victories with us and give everyone a chance to congratulate you on even the smallest of accomplishments! Do you have a tiny victory to share? Submit your Tiny Victory here.

Terry Campbell
Executive Director
Research Management Services
University of Ottawa
Catalyst Co-editor

As we were wearily finishing up another week of WFH in late January, a rapid response funding opportunity came across my desk -- $9M to fund a pan-Canadian Network on the variants of our “favorite infectious disease.”  Given that one of our university’s research priorities is to increase our number of funded large research initiatives, what better place to start? 

So, we contacted one of our mid-career researchers who has been very successful in this area. He was interested in applying but would need additional support from our office to pull it together.

After initial discussions, there was a whirlwind of activity to develop the Expression of Interest in 10 days. This was followed by another 10 days, during which the network team which included over 20 researchers from more than a dozen institutions was assembled, and the full grant proposal was developed.

The application was submitted just under the wire, four minutes before the 8:00 p.m. deadline!  Even more incredibly, the network was funded!!!  This goes to show that even during this unsettling time when life is uncertain and the world seems to stand still, our actions can bring positive results with potentially far-reaching impacts. In fact, what better time than to think big, and to go for gold!!


Compiled by Carly Pigg, Coordinator of Grants and Development
LSU Health New Orleans

1 comment



05-14-2021 10:45 AM

Carly, no obstacles only challenges. Kudos to you.