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Intro to Research Development – Part 2

Research Development, a business unit within the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, is dedicated to growing the College of Medicine’s research portfolio by providing a range of tools and resources to help investigators expand their network, identify funding and secure extramural grant support.

Research Development’s activities fall into four broad categories — grant-seeking skills, proposal competitiveness, researcher engagement and funding opportunities. In this two part series, researchers will learn how Research Development can support them.


  • New Faculty Orientation – Research Development works collaboratively with the Office of Research Affairs and Corporate and Foundation Relations to offer new faculty orientation sessions as a complement to a department’s onboarding program. These 1-on-1 meetings provide an overview of critical information and resources to support a faculty member’s research. Sessions may be requested prior to a faculty member’s start date – or anytime thereafter.
  • Researcher Consultations – Research Development offers consults to researchers at all career stages seeking guidance on research strategy, funding strategy, mentorship and research collaboration.
  • Discover Seminar Series –Research Development hosts a Discover Seminar once each quarter to highlight research resources and interdisciplinary research opportunities at Penn State and beyond. These seminars are recorded and uploaded to Research Development’s Media Channel.


  • Internal Awards – Research Development administers the College of Medicine’s Internal Awards Program and is available to advise other business units and departments seeking to implement an internal funding competition.
  • Weekly Funding Email – Research Development distributes a weekly email that compiles open funding opportunities at Penn State, as well as active funding opportunities offered by state, federal and non-governmental funders. This weekly email is distributed to faculty and research support staff at the College of Medicine. Contact Research Development to be added to the weekly email list.
  • Team-Building – Research Development facilitates collaborations between researchers to respond to strategically significant funding opportunities.

Learn how Research Development can support you

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