The Research Development Office (RDO) is a core unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research. The RDO team orchestrates campus-wide initiatives that spark collaboration such as Innovation Labs and Ideas Labs. We strategically oversee internal funding initiatives to ignite research and discovery on campus, in our local communities, and beyond. We help facilitate connections to resources enabling motivated researchers to identify funding opportunities, develop grantsmanship skills, and create connections that support successful research proposals.

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Funding Opportunities

Seeding Excellence Initiative

The RDO's Seeding Excellence Initiative (SEI) aims to sustain the continued growth of the campus research enterprise by providing competitive seed funding in four strategic areas: 1) community engaged research and scholarship, 2) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), 3) early career scholars, and 4) interdisciplinary research.  SEI is made possible through funding to RDO from the public-private partnership (P3) Year 1 funding cycle.

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Limited Submission Opportunities

The RDO manages the Limited Submission Opportunities process for grant applications to funding agencies that restrict the number of submissions allowed from an institution. An internal selection process has been established to make sure that multiple applications to the limited program do not render each other ineligible by the sponsor.

Limited Submission Opportunities
Arts and Humanities Initiative

The RDO coordinates the Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI), an internal funding program within the Office of the Vice President for Research that encourages leading edge scholarship, creative activities, and interdisciplinary research. 

Next application deadline: October, 2023.

Arts & Humanities Initiative (AHI)

Upcoming Events

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NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) - Info Session

Thursday, June 22, 2023 11:00am to 12:00pm
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Zoom Information Session On June 22, 2023 from 11 a.m. to noon, the Research Development Office (RDO) will host a Zoom information session focused on NSF's MRI Program. During the session, the RDO will give an overview of the program, highlight recent restrictions on subawardees, hear from a previous MRI awardee, and allow time for questions. Please note the rules have changed for this long-running NSF program. We encourage researchers interested...
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Maximizing Pivot to Find Funding and Collaborators

Tuesday, June 27, 2023 10:00am to 11:00am
Do you want to maximize your time spent searching for funding opportunities or potential project collaborators? Join us to learn how Pivot can save you time and effort in identifying the right funding opportunities for your research lines as well as identifying collaborators with the relevant expertise. Register here.
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Improving Scholarly Communication Series - Writing for Publication

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 11:00am to 12:00pm
Interested researchers, faculty, and staff are invited to register for one, or more, sessions of this series. To sign up, click here Visit the program webpage here to learn more! The Improving Scholarly Communications sessions are a three-part series designed to provide you strategies to improve the clarity of your scholarly communications, both written and oral. These workshops are hosted by Paul Casella (more information below) and will take place in the Summer of 2023. Writing for...
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