The Stanford Research Development Office (RDO) is a unit under VPDoR that aims to strengthen collaborative research by helping to set teams up for sponsored research funding success through project-opportunity alignment, early preparation, proposal development support.
RDO supports research teams from across the University, with an emphasis on multi-PI, multi-disciplinary, large, complex or strategic proposals.
RDO’s goal is to enhance competitiveness of proposals through grantsmanship while reducing the burden on PIs. Examples of support might include finding the right fit between project and sponsor, supporting team formation, providing guidance for strategic preparation and concept development, coordinating projects, strengthening the responsiveness of grant applications, writing and editing proposals, and enhancing the structure and presentation of all proposal components. Our services are optional, and free to PIs. In addition, we manage the Limited Submission Program for the University, in collaboration with the School of Medicine.
Within the Stanford research lifecycle, RDO offers (pre-)pre-award support with expertise in grantsmanship and experience with various sponsors. In this way 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).
Resources related to funding opportunities can be found on DoResearch - Funding. Additional resources and services around proposal preparation and development will be created and made available over time.
The Stanford RDO Team
Kim Baeten, PhD - Director of Research Development
As the inaugural Director of the Stanford Research Development Office (RDO), Kim is leading the research development efforts for the Vice Provost and Dean of Research (VPDoR). Previously as Deputy Director of UC Berkeley’s Research Development Office, Kim has eight years of research development experience, including grant writing and facilitating of complex, collaborative grant proposals to a variety of federal and non-federal sponsors. Prior to Berkeley, Kim was a postdoctoral researcher in Neuroimmunology at Gladstone Institutes/UCSF, and she earned her PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Aberdeen in UK.
Jessica Boydston - Program Manager, Limited Submissions and Seed Grant Programs
Jessica manages Limited Submissions and Seed Grant programs for the Stanford Research Development Office. Having served in a similar role at her previous institution for two years, she brings detailed knowledge of limited submissions opportunities. Jessica also has extensive experience in project management and executive administrative assistance and provides support to the various stakeholders of internal competitions, whether that be applicants, other administrators, or Stanford reviewers. In this role, Jessica assists the University and our faculty in advancing the most competitive proposals.
Sandra Arriaga - Research Development Specialist (STEM* focus)
As a Research Development Specialist, Sandra supports faculty teams from across the University, with a focus on large, collaborative research proposals in the STEM fields. She has more than ten years of experience working for academic institutions as a proposal developer, team builder, program manager, and project manager. Sandra has a Master's degree in English and previously served as faculty at San Francisco State University.
Details coming soon - Research Development Specialist (STEM* focus with special emphasis on Sustainability)
Research Development Specialist (Humanities focus)
Job posting coming soon
* 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.
Note, some schools, departments and units have local staff who can assist with proposal development and we can help connect you as applicable.
DoResearch - Funding
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