The Research Development Office (RDO) offers one-stop “concierge” services to connect researchers and scholars with research administrators and other resources; accelerate discovery and innovation by supporting collaboration, creation, and proposal development; and minimize the administrative burden of research on faculty and staff.

faculty workshop


As the landscape for research and scholarship support becomes ever more competitive, our faculty need assistance as they develop creative, bold, and collaborative strategies for discovery and innovation.
We’re here to help them do that

-Dan Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development




The RDO operates the Strategic Research Leadership Program which is designed to cultivate the creation of large-scale proposals, both within and across disciplines, and to support proposal development through directed faculty services. The program provides faculty with leadership mentoring, assistance with ideation and formation of collaborative teams, intensive engagement with funding agencies, and budget development, among other types of assistance.

Additionally, the office will connect and extend a network of campus grant development professionals to share best practices and expertise; develop a resource library; provide project management support on select proposals; and connect faculty across campus interested in forming cross-disciplinary teams.

Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops
The RDO will also work to promote existing research development services and resources within OVPR&ED, including:
  • The Division of Sponsored Programs’ monthly Grant Bulletin, which lists the latest funding opportunities and requests for proposals.
  • Limited Submissions, competitive funding programs that restrict the number of submissions allowed from an institution.
  • Grant Writer’s Seminars and Workshops and other faculty development activities.
  • Communicating Ideas, a summer workshop that teaches faculty how to talk about their work in language non-experts can understand.


Contact us

Aaron Kline
(319) 335-4142





Marta Gomez
(319) 384-1291





Cheryl Ridgeway
(319) 384-3332