Research Development Support in the Office of Research


The Research Development team in the Office of Research (OR), is charged with leading large-scale proposal development efforts, and for providing resources and support to the Research Development Officers (RDO), across the Schools of UCI, as they work with their faculty to develop compelling and competitive grant proposals.

Find Your RDO

3X5 grid showing various science related imagery (decorative image)The Director of Research Development in OR, and the RDOs across the Schools assist UCI faculty with:

Identifying Funding Opportunities

The Directors of Research Development work with faculty in all disciplines to identify funding opportunities that match their research interests and priorities. The Directors can help navigate the many federal, foundation sources, and assist faculty in using funding search databases.

Facilitating Proposal Development

Research Development, in coordination with sponsored research administrators, works with faculty and departmental administrators to develop elements of proposals such as management plans, letters of support, biosketches and broader impacts statements, and to review and revise draft versions of proposals.  Research Develop also assists with developing proposal budgets and addressing cost sharing requirements.

Conducting Workshops

Throughout the year, Research Development offers programming on how to develop competitive proposals for specific grant programs, such as the:

  • NSF Early Career Faculty Development (CAREER) Program
  • DoD Multi-University Research Initiatives Program (MURI)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP).

Providing Grantsmanship Advice and Strategy

All of the Directors of Research Development are available to meet with faculty to conduct a funding search or provide grantsmanship advice. Please contact the RDO in your School to set up a meeting to discuss funding opportunities or a proposal development effort.  If your School is not supported by an RDO, please contact Michael Gallo, the Director of Research Development in OR.

Research Development Contacts in the Office of Research

  • Michael A. Gallo Jr, Ph.D.
    Director of Research Development 824-3752


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