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Research Development Division of the Office of Research Launches Enhanced Structure and Services

The Research Development Services and Core Facilities division of the Office of Research has launched an enhanced structure and services following a one-year strategic planning process. Led by Cristina Davis, associate vice chancellor for research, the division provides services to initiate, develop and advance the research enterprise at UC Davis.

“Our staff at the Office of Research excel at assisting all stages of research development to assist the entire campus community, from team formation to cultivating research funding opportunities, proposal preparation and beyond,” said Davis. “Our goal with our updated organization and engagement strategies is to continue to enhance our UC Davis campus research enterprise in all domains.”

The division consists of the following four units.

Proposal Development Services

The Proposal Development Services team, formerly called Interdisciplinary Research Support, offers extensive services and resources to UC Davis researchers to assist in the development and submission of extramural funding proposals, including individual research grants, individual fellowships, larger center-scale and team grants, equipment grants, and institutional training grants. The unit provides early career research support, project management for large team grants, and a toolbox with templates, training opportunities, and resources to facilitate successful proposals.

Strategic Initiatives and Research Funding

The Strategic Initiatives and Research Funding (SIRF) team focuses before the pre-award stage of research development, often prior to funding opportunity announcement.  SIRF provides strategic research advancement to build capacity, mobilizing and facilitating collaboration across disciplines to help assemble competitive research teams and develop individual research programs.  The unit also identifies, promotes, and assists researchers in finding extramural funding opportunities, manages the campus-wide InfoReady Review and Pivot platforms, and administers the campus Limited Submissions program.

Research Unit Development

The Research Unit Development team elevates the visibility of the campus’s organized research unit strengths and capabilities. Currently our campus has organized research unit (ORU) and special research program (SRP) activities in many areas including: energy and environment, research and in the life and health sciences, and more.  This unit supports research through funding agency advocacy, issue management and liaison with community and campus constituents, and develops and implements strategies to promote UC Davis’ comparative advantage in securing research funding, especially from federal and state governmental and private entities.

Research Core Facilities Program

The Research Core Facilities Program is a centralized resource that supports the diverse needs of faculty, staff, students, and researcher core facilities across the UC Davis campus. Research cores and shared facilities are organized shared resources that provide access to technologies, equipment, services, and expert consultation, typically on a recharge basis, to enable, facilitate, or enhance the research mission of the university.


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