Maggie Helms works with School researchers to identify funding opportunities, analyze funding opportunity requirements, determine application strategy and timeline, improve their scientific narratives, identify external application reviewers, help faculty respond to reviewer comments, and assist faculty with research project management issues. In addition, she manages the School’s Research Incentive Program. She is the unit contact for all human subjects research matters, the unit HIPAA liaison, and assists those researchers implementing clinical trials with meeting Good Clinical Practice requirements .
Ms. Helms joined the School of Social Work in July 2012, having previously been an Assistant Director in the Division of Biomedical Sciences. She returned to the University of Illinois in 2009 from the Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) where she ran three clinical research training programs for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty from the University of Michigan Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing and Social Work. These training programs included an annual Biostatistics Bootcamp and NIH Mock Study Section. Prior to her position at MICHR, she was the Administrator of the George M. O’Brien Research Center at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Before coming to the research arena, she was the VP of a national arts organization, worked as a Strategic Program Planning Consultant for the Detroit Opera in the creation of its Center for Arts and Learning, and as the Associate Director of Government, Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Art Institute of Chicago. She wrote her first grant proposal in 1985, which was fully funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities on initial submission.Back to Faculty & Staff Directory