Research Development Services

About Us

Research Development Services (RDS) supports faculty to help increase externally-funded research activity at the university. Our office also oversees internal awards from the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation and coordinates the internal process for limited submission opportunities.


Our services are designed to meet the unique needs of faculty across disciplines and career stages. We help researchers:

  • Make long-term strategies for applying for external funding
  • Identify funding opportunities
  • Develop compelling, competitive proposals by providing help navigating funding guidelines, and by reviewing and critiquing grant narratives and application materials
  • Help faculty with complex submissions (e.g., center grants, institutional training grants) with project management and institutional coordination
  • Become familiar with particular aspects of grant writing, particularly to federal agencies, through training and customized assistance.

How RDS Can Help You

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Video Overview of RDS Services

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Contact Information

Kate Petcosky-Kulkarni
Director Strategic Research Initiatives and Research Development Services
Email: Petcosky

Catherine Jarmin Miller
Research Development Officer
Email: Jarmin Miller


Mara Fields
Research Development Officer
Email: Fields

Brittney de Alicante
Project Manager
Email: de Alicante