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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Research Development Initiative

The Research Development Initiative is a joint initiative of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

The overall goal is to increase research funding at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by reducing the administrative burden associated with complex proposals. The Research Development Initiative is located within the Office of Research Services in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and is meant to assist UW–Madison researchers by providing proposal development support for large, complex, interdisciplinary grant proposals to both federal and non-federal grant making agencies.

Support includes providing the resources needed to complete the grant application process and offering other support to facilitate the submission of these types of proposals by the campus. More specifically, the goal is to provide detailed review of the funding opportunity announcement, establish and manage proposal timelines, ensure all tasks are complete well before deadline, communicate with and advise the lead PI, and coordinate flow of effort. The initiative seeks to help assemble points of contact with Deans’ offices, department/center administrations, Legal Affairs, Research and Sponsored Programs (RSP), Business Services, Research Policy, Export Controls, Conflict of Interest offices, and others as needed for the development of complex grant applications.

Services provided through the initiative are in collaboration with department administrators, Deans’ offices and RSP.