What is Research Development?

The National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP) defines the goal of Research Development offices as supporting the efforts of faculty to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise, among institutions, and with external stakeholders.  Research Development is often likened to a PRE-, pre-award office, in that while a Research Administration office provides pre- and post-award services for grants, a Research Development office works with faculty to build teams, catalyze collaborations, and aid in the preparation of a proposal.  In general, the manner in which Research Administration and Research Development works together is best displayed by this Venn diagram:


The Office of Research Faculty Development at Kent State University is heavily invested in ensuring the success of our faculty engaged in research and scholarly pursuits.  Whether you are new to seeking funding for your research or are a seasoned investigator, programming through the Office of Research Faculty Development can aid you in identifying potential collaborators, building a research team, and developing the best possible grant application. We work with faculty one-on-one and offer workshops throughout the year. We also sponsor a number of networking activities so that you can meet your colleagues at Kent State and the surrounding region.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can aid you in your research endeavors.