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 Program Development Services


Program Development proactive, dynamic and capacity-building efforts facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administration in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.

Our Program Development team supports the submission of large-scale multi-PI/multi institutional funding and institutional applications along with other efforts. We offer services and resources to assist researchers at all levels by providing grant writing tools, boilerplates, helping with institutional letters of support, coordinating the University's limited submission process, interpreting sponsored research policies and regulations, and advising on resubmission options and strategies. Working closely with new Heads of Laboratory when they first join the university, we guide them and their laboratory members in navigating the sponsored research funding universe, including the transfer of any active or pending awards. Resources and career development opportunities for junior investigators are continually created and maintained on our Training & Fellowships site.


Identifying relevant sponsored research resources from federal, state, and private funders is a key PD tool towards increasing the number of RU funding applications and diversifying the RU funding portfolio.  We search for domestic and international funding opportunities and match them with investigators’ areas of interest, using a wide range of sources. The resulting data is distributed to all RU investigators and research administrators via our weekly funding alerts and our funding database.   Our regular outreach services feature specialized grant writing tutorials for laboratories, as well as grant tutorials tailored for our Clinical Scholars, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students. PD offers further training to researchers and administrators in a variety of sponsored research areas, such as research compliance, open access policies, and more via our Tri-Institutional Collaboration Network (TCN).

Customized PD support of collaborative/multi-PI projects encompass a series of interrelated activities, from the initial preaward phase and sustained through the post submission phase.  PD provides an overall coordination of the application process, e.g. application checklists and timelines, budget development, interactions with subcontract applicants, review of administrative components, as well as other components as requested by PIs, following up with sponsors, and advice on the review process, outcomes, and resubmission options.

Funding Database

Grant Seeking Resources
Grant Writing Tools & Resources
Resources for New Faculty
Transferring Active/Pending Awards
Limited Submissions
Institutional Applications
Tri-Institutional Collaborative Network (TCN)



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