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Research Development


The mission of the Research Development unit is to enhance NDSU's ability to compete for external funding by providing resources, training, and assistance related to developing successful research programs.


Provide professional development opportunities and training

Organize workshops and training on grant seeking and proposal development

Research Development organizes ongoing seminars and workshops on topics related to research and grants. Most seminars and workshops are open to all faculty, postdocs, students and staff involved in research. Each academic year, a monthly seminar series called "Gear Up for Grants" covers varying topics such as how to look for funding, developing parts of a proposal, grant reviewer insights, budget development, research-related services on campus, and other tips and guidance.  We also host funding agency visits to campus and sponsor proposal development workshops presented by outside experts.

Assist new faculty

Initiate development activities for new faculty related to research and grants

Research Development staff are interested in meeting each new faculty member and learning about his/her research interests and plans.  Each fall, we extend an invitation to meet individually with new faculty members.  In addition, Research Development often participates in the Fall Orientation and professional development sessions for new and returning faculty, and we encourage any faculty member to reach out to us with their questions and for guidance. In spring semester, we offer an NSF CAREER proposal development program for those interested in applying by the annual July deadline.

Coordinate funding agency visits

Coordinate funding agency visits to campus

Research Development coordinates visits to campus by grant program officers and representatives from grant funding agencies and related organizations.  Some recent visitors to campus have been from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  We were successful in hosting the first ever "NSF Day" in North Dakota in May 2016.  Bringing program officers to campus provides an opportunity to introduce them to NDSU capabilities firsthand.  As an alternative to in-person visits, we frequently announce upcoming online webinars offered by grant agencies, an increasingly easy way to reach audiences who often are able to participate at their own desktops.

Coordinate NDSU EXPLORE undergraduate research showcase

Organize and further develop NDSU EXPLORE undergraduate research program

NDSU EXPLORE is a program to encourage and celebrate the scholarly accomplishments of NDSU undergraduate students. Whether majoring in the sciences, engineering, business, arts or humanities – all undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research and creative activity to enrich their academic experience. An annual Fall showcase event provides an opportunity for students to present their work to the public.  For more information, see the NDSU EXPLORE webpage.

Announce funding opportunities

Announce funding opportunities, utilizing PIVOT and other resources

Faculty are expected to be proactive in seeking grant opportunities for their research through means such as signing up for email alerts through and by investigating agencies that are likely to fund work in their fields.  Research Development is responsible for administering PIVOT, a subscription-based online database for conducting customized grant searches and setting up grant email alerts from both government and private sources. Faculty and other researchers are also encouraged to maintain their "expertise profile" in PIVOT, which is accessible to the public via the Pivot Gallery webpage.

Manage limited submission grant programs

Coordinate limited submission grant programs

Limited submission grant programs are those that impose a limit on the number of proposals that may be submitted by an institution for a particular deadline. A selection process becomes necessary if more applicants express interest in applying than NDSU is allowed to submit.  Research Development announces upcoming limited submission programs and coordinates the selection process.  This may involve soliciting pre-proposals and holding an internal competition to select which proposals are allowed to proceed with a proposal to the grant agency. Since these programs may change from year to year, please notify the Research Development Office as soon as possible if you notice a limited submission restriction in any grant program for which you are interested in applying.

Assist multi-disciplinary grant proposal development

Assist with large multi-disciplinary grant proposal development

Research Development is available to help coordinate large multi-disciplinary proposals requiring much time and effort. We will work with lead investigators, engaging in tasks such as proposal planning and coordination, organizing of meetings and conference calls, creation of checklists of required proposal components to meet grant guidelines, review of bio-sketches and current/pending support information in correct format, gathering of supplementary documents, and assistance in identifying and working with collaborators and evaluators, all at the proposal development stage. To discuss this service, email

Facilitate internal NDSU funding programs

Facilitate internal NDSU funding programs

Research Development coordinates some of the internal NDSU funding programs administered from the Office of Research and Creative Activity, such as the Bioinformatics Seed Grant Program. This internal funding is dependent on available funding, so it often fluctuates from year to year.  Research Development staff announce internal funding opportunities to the campus, answer questions and provide guidance, collect submitted applications, coordinate the proposal review process, and generate correspondence to applicants following award decisions.

Provide proposal review and editing services

Review grant proposal drafts

Research Development staff review grant proposal drafts for individual faculty members upon request.  This does not include a technical review of the disciplinary content, but rather, it is a review of the proposal organization, grammar and sentence structure, adherence to specific program guidelines and NDSU policy, completeness, and readability.  Enough time must be allowed before the proposal deadline for this review to take place.  To inquire about this service, email

Develop grant resources

Develop grant resources and tools for researchers and grant seekers

Research Development is continuously seeking out new resources and finding new ways to help faculty become successful in their grantseeking and proposal development efforts.  We have collated information regarding campus services for researchers, how-to guidance, tips based on experience, and have put together templates and boilerplates for easier grant proposal development.   These resources are distributed in a number of ways: 1) our website, often in the Proposal Development Resources webpage, 2) the weekly RCA e-newsletter distributed by email across campus each Monday afternoon during the academic year, 3) seminars, workshops, and training programs, and 4) interactions with faculty on an individual basis.  We are receptive to your ideas about what would be most helpful to you and invite your feedback.



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