What Is Research Development?

Research Development encompasses a set of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities that advance research, especially in higher education. Research Development professionals help researchers become more successful communicators, grant writers, and advocates for their research. They help researchers bring new ideas to life.

National Organization of Research Development Professionals

Advancing Research at UIC

The mission of Research Development is to advance sponsored research across all disciplines at UIC. We are especially focused on large or complex, interdisciplinary projects that enhance knowledge about the world around us in new ways. We work closely with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations which provides support for non-federal funding and sponsorship programs.

Research Development provides support to investigators in the early stages of proposal development. We identify funding opportunities, collaborators, and other campus resources; connect investigators with government consultants; facilitate team-building and ideation workshops; and occasionally, for large institutionally significant or prestigious programs, support proposal preparation such as project management and editing.

In addition to support for proposal development, we also manage limited submission opportunities for campus. Limited Opportunities are programs where a sponsor restricts the number of applications an institution may submit. These programs require interested applicants to follow our internal review process to determine which investigator will be approved to apply. Visit our research funding portal to browse current opportunities and see internal letter of intent deadlines.

Research Development Events

Campus Research Events