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The Stanford Research Development Office (RDO) is a unit under VPDoR that aims to strengthen collaborative or strategic research and scholarly activities 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 complex or strategic proposals. This often includes large, multi-PI, multi-disciplinary proposals, but can also apply to other projects depending on the discipline or specific situation.

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 (mostly federal, or opportunities with open calls). 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).  

Additional resources and services around proposal preparation and development are available from the menu across the top of our pages. Please check back frequently as additional content will be created and made available over time.

Contact us: Stanford_RDO@stanford.edu

Note: Some schools, departments and units have local staff who can assist with proposal development and we can help connect you as applicable.

Past Events

August 27, 2021: Stanford-SLAC EFRC Kick-off and Collaboration Workshop. This virtual event was held for participants to learn more about the upcoming call for Energy Frontier Research Centers by the Department of Energy, hear and share current center and research ideas, and connect with potential collaborators.

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.

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

As a Research Development Specialist at RDO, Alia supports faculty teams from across the University, with a focus on large, collaborative research proposals in the STEM fields and a particular emphasis on climate & sustainability research. She has a PhD from Stanford Engineering and a passion for interdisciplinary research. Her work experience spans academia, government, and industry, and is built around alternative energy, climate and sustainability. She has worked directly with policy makers in California in both the legislative and regulatory arenas to further the state's ambitious climate and energy goals and has prepared successful applications for funding from a variety of agencies at the state and national level.

* 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.

We’re hiring! Please click on the links to careersearch.stanford.edu below for more information and to apply

Research Development Specialist (STEM focus, including social sciences)
OPEN!!! Job posting: Requisition ID 89172

Research Development Specialist (Humanities, Arts and Interpretative Social Sciences focus)
This recruitment is currently in the final stages and we are not accepting new applications at this time. (Job posting: Requisition ID 92004)

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Created: 03.23.21
Updated: 12.09.21


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