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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.


  • Engage in research program planning
  • Develop NDSU EXPLORE undergraduate research program
  • Assist with large multi-disciplinary grant proposal development; help find NDSU collaborators
  • Work with department- and college-level grant coordinators
  • Coordinate funding agency visits to campus
  • Initiate development activities for new faculty related to research and grants
  • Announce funding opportunities, including use of PIVOT
  • Coordinate limited submission grant programs
  • Facilitate internal funding programs, e.g., internal Dust Research RFP; Research Development Travel Awards
  • Organize workshops and training, in addition to Gear Up for Grants seminars
  • Further develop grant resources and tools for researchers and grant seekers, e.g., weekly e-newsletter-Research Update and website


Sheri Anderson, Associate Vice President

Sheri Anderson first joined NDSU in 1997 in the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) Office. Since then, she has served in various roles to support and develop NDSU’s research enterprise. Anderson has provided budget planning and oversight, organizational planning, and program administration for the Research Division, including management of significant federal and state grant funding. She has worked on the planning, development, and administration of new federal initiatives as well as North Dakota Economic Development Centers of Excellence projects. Recently, she has served as the Interim Co-Project Director of the ND EPSCoR Office. Anderson heads the Research Development unit within the Office of Research and Creative Activity. A native of North Dakota, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (aviation emphasis) from the University of North Dakota and a master’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University.

Portrait of Sheri Anderson
Cassie Johnson, Research Development Coordinator

Cassie Johnson has provided administrative assistance for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity since 2010, performing diverse tasks such as planning and scheduling meetings and events, processing grant proposals and travel award applications, creating and editing documents and correspondence, organizing presentation materials, and providing technical support as needed. Johnson is originally from North Dakota and holds both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in history from North Dakota State University.

Portrait of Cassie Johnson
Kay Sizer, Faculty Development and Special Projects Manager

Kay Sizer began employment at NDSU in 1987 and has remained with the research administration office ever since, witnessing significant growth and evolution of NDSU research over the years. Sizer's role has traditionally been as an information resource to the campus community regarding grant programs and research-related policies and procedures. Over the years, she has served in a number of additional roles including directing of IRB and IACUC compliance, maintaining the research office website, and producing the office e-newsletter. Sizer currently serves as the liaison for NDSU's ProQuest Pivot subscription, assists in organizing grant seminars and workshops, coordinates limited submission programs, disburses information and answers questions about grant opportunities. She received her bachelor's degree in secondary English education at NDSU and began her career teaching high school English in rural North Dakota towns.

Portrait of Kay Sizer


See seminars and workshops offered during each academic year on topics related to research and grants.

If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact any of the Research Development staff members above or email 




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