Research Development Network (RDN)
What is Research Development?
Research Development encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness.
Purpose of the UIC Research Development Network
Research Development is an activity performed across nearly all units on campus. The UIC Research Development Network (RDN) brings people together from across UIC to share knowledge and combine resources to make research development more successful and effective than any of the units could be separately. In particular, we focus on cultivating teams, increasing capacity for proposal development, and improving quality of proposals to make UIC more competitive for extramural research funding and increase the quality and quantity of research output at UIC.
RDN membership is open to all faculty or staff and spans most colleges.
Join the Research Development Network
The RDN welcomes anyone whose work involves any element of research development. Members will be included on the RDN email listserv, Microsoft Teams group, and member directory. In addition, they may elect to join a committee and they are expected to respond to occasional requests for advice or resources. We encourage anyone at UIC who is involved in research development to join (faculty or staff) so that we can have a robust system of support for one another.
If you are interested in joining please contact Research Development Services (firstname.lastname@example.org). In your email let us know your name, title, unit, whether you would like to join a committee, and if you have any other comments or questions.
- Membership Directory
- Proposal resources
- Campus contacts for facilities information. These are the people who will have the information on facilities and other resources for a particular unit or department.
- Directory of campus staff and faculty with experience with various sponsors and types of proposals (Coming Soon).
- Take this survey to help populate this resource! The more people who take the survey the better this campus resource will be.
The Research Development Network has committees focused on each of the three themes of the organization. Committees meet approximately every month and plan goals and initiatives for the RDN within each theme. Committee membership is open to all RDN members.
Committee 1: Research Collaborations
- Evaluate the current state of collaborative research as a baseline for benchmarking the efforts of the RDN
- Build processes or mechanisms for investigators to connect, learn how to conduct team research, and win new funding
- Kevin Beck, Executive Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations
- David Dubois, Associate Dean for Research SPH
- Kira Baker-Doyle, Director, Center for Literacy
- *Irina Buhimschi, Professor and Director of Division of Research OBGYN, COM
- Eileen Collins, Associate Dean for Research, CON
- Erik Fagrelius, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, JMLS
- Alma Faust, Director of Faculty Research Activity, LAS
- Rachel Gordon, Professor, LAS
- Kelly LeRoux, Associate Dean for Research, CUPPA
- Erika Magallanes, Manager of Research Operations, IHRP
- *Daniel Maggin, Associate Dean for Research, COEd
- Deepak Shukla, Director of Research Committee, Opthamology, COM
- Benn Williams, Fellowships and Awards Coordinator, Graduate College
Committee 2: Network of Research Development Support
- Create a directory of RD staff and Faculty and their grants-development expertise
- Develop a schedule of events for RD networking or professional development
- Promote communication around RD
- *Rachael D’Agnostino, Manager of Research Operations, IHRP
- Justine Kessler, Center Coordinator, IHRP
- Anna Sandoval, Senior Research Specialist, IHRP
- Robin Sylvester, Director of Research Services, SPH
Committee 3: Resource Library for Proposal Development
- Collect, organize, and share resources useful for proposal development
- Examples of resources include T32 tables, boilerplate text for facilities documents, data management plans, mentoring plans, lists of data resources or other subscriptions
- *Marjana Antonic, Coordinator, Cancer Education and Career Development Program, IHRP
- Virginia Buglio, Director of Research Services, COD
- Judith De Jong, Associate Dean, CADA
- *Drew DeMott, Center Coordinator, Center for Research on Health and Aging, IHRP
- Garpue Lieway, Grants and Contracts Associate, COEd
- Lindsey McQuade, Director of Research and Graduate Resources, COP
- Coordinate effort of other committees
- Communicate RDN activities to campus
- Chair: Sarah O’Brien, Associate Director of Research Development Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
- Co-Chair: Michael Fitzsimons, Associate Director of Research Development Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
- Marjana Antonic, Coordinator, Cancer Education and Career Development Program, IHRP
- Irina Buhimschi, Professor and Director of Division of Research Obstetrics and Gynecology, COM
- Rachael D’Agnostino, Manager of Research Operations, IHRP
- Drew DeMott, Center Coordinator, Center for Research on Health and Aging, IHRP
- Daniel Maggin, Associate Dean for Research, COEd
- Anna Sandoval, Senior Research Specialist, IHRP