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The Stanford Research Development Office is pleased to launch the Propel Grants, which will award grants of $50,000 and $5,000 to Stanford-led research teams to boost their pursuit of externally sponsored research funding.

Stanford RDO

The Stanford Research Development Office (RDO) is a unit under VPDoR that aims to strengthen collaborative or strategic research, scholarship, and creative activities by helping to set PIs up for sponsored research funding success through project-opportunity alignment, early preparation, and proposal development support.

RDO’s goal is to enhance competitiveness of proposals through grantsmanship while reducing the burden on PIs. We support researchers and research teams from across the University, with an emphasis on complex or strategic proposals. This often includes large, multi-PI, and/or multi-disciplinary proposals, but can also apply to other projects depending on the discipline or specific situation.

Our Services

Graphic to show Stanford RDO's services: Grant Consultation and Editing, Proposal Project Management, Funding Opportunities, and Team & Concept Formation

We offer a variety of types of support, depending on the needs of the project, timing, and RD Specialist availability. For more information about how RDO can help you, check out RDO Services. Our About page contains further details about our office. Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information. 

RDO complements other pre-award services such as budget development by local research administration support and compliance review and submission by the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR), the Research Management Group (RMG), or the Industrial Contracts Office (ICO).


Our Team

Kim Baeten headshot

Kim Baeten, PhD

Director of Research Development

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Sandra Arriaga

Research Development Specialist (STEM* focus)

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Lequn Geng headshot

Lequn Geng, PhD

Research Development Specialist (STEM* Focus)

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Jessica Boydston

Program Manager, Limited Submissions and Seed Grant Programs

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Alia Schoen - Research Development Specialist (STEM* focus with special emphasis on Sustainability)

Alia Schoen, PhD

Research Development Specialist (STEM* focus with special emphasis on Sustainability)

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Madison Priest, PhD

Research Development Specialist (Humanities, Arts, and Interpretive Social Sciences)

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* Includes Social Sciences as in NSF’s broader definition of STEM and is used more to indicate the breadth of disciplines supported rather than to restrict the domains that would receive support.

Our Frequent Partners

Stanford RDO partners with individuals and offices across the Stanford community, including:

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Created: 03.23.21
Updated: 11.15.22