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.

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.

Limited Submission Opportunities

RDO coordinates 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.

Arts and Humanities Initiative

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: Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Upcoming Events

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Broader Impacts/Research Impacts Seminars (Session 1 of 5: BI 101)

Friday, February 3, 2023 9:00am to 11:00am
Virtual
The National Science Foundation considers two criteria in their review of proposals: intellectual merit and broader impacts (BI). Broader impacts relate to how the proposed research will “benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes” and is increasingly used as the differentiator between which excellent proposals to fund or not.   The Training Team from the NSF-supported Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) organization will conduct five interactive virtual workshops on Friday...
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Broader Impacts/Research Impacts Seminars (Session 2 of 5: BI Evaluation/Broadening Participation)

Friday, February 17, 2023 9:00am to 11:00am
Virtual
The National Science Foundation considers two criteria in their review of proposals: intellectual merit and broader impacts (BI). Broader impacts relate to how the proposed research will “benefit society or advance desired societal outcomes” and is increasingly used as the differentiator between which excellent proposals to fund or not.   The Training Team from the NSF-supported Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS) organization will conduct five interactive virtual workshops on Friday...
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Maximizing Pivot to Find Funding and Collaborators

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Virtual
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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