Announcing a new director of Strategic Research Initiatives

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni will be joining us as the Director of Strategic Research Initiatives in our Research Development Services (RDS) unit. RDS helps UO faculty members secure funding for research and scholarly projects. Kate will start on Monday, October 15, 2018.

As Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, Kate will play an important role in our efforts to increase externally sponsored research funding. She will develop and implement programming to support and grow research activity, with a focus on early career faculty development, funding diversification, and large and prestigious proposal support. She will lead the unit’s existing research development programs and trainings, and build new programs and offerings.

Kate is a research development leader with over 8 years of higher education administration experience. She started her career in research development in 2014 as a proposal development associate at Boston University School of Medicine, where she supported over 100 grant/contract submissions annually. In 2016, she was promoted to Director of the Office of Proposal Development and led the growth of her office from a two-person team focused solely on pre-award administration to a 7-person-unit providing comprehensive faculty support, including workshops and programming to assist early-career and non-native English speaking faculty. Kate also brings expertise in managing large, multi-project and institutional grants.

We expect to hire additional staffing in Research Development Services in the coming months. Additionally, Warren Ginsberg, Philip H. Knight Professor of Humanities in the Department of English, will be working with RDS to support humanities faculty with research development services during the 2019 academic year. As always, feel free to reach out to Research Development Services staff at

Please join me in congratulating Kate on her new position and welcoming her to the University of Oregon.