Research Development


We believe that UD Faculty and Researchers are some of the best at ideation that impact the society, economy, and the world. The Research Development Office serves as a partner to the PIs and facilitate all the scaffolding that is necessary take your idea from conception to proposal development, submission and beyond. We target a variety of sponsors such as Federal and State agencies, Corporations, Foundations and Philanthropic organizations. We work in conjunction with other units at UD including College Research Deans, OEIP, CFR , Institutes, and Centers and Core Facilities to engage, enable and leverage all aspects of UD and its partners to make your idea a successful one.


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Faculty & Proposal Development

The Research Development Office (RDO) serves as the primary support office to help faculty navigate today’s challenging research funding landscape and prepare competitive grant proposals. RDO provides support and management for large and/or multi-department proposals, where RDO serves as the primary point of contact for PI for all aspects of a grant application, including proposal project management, finding the right person(s) and UD units to leverage, grant writing and graphics, letters of support from UD leadership, equipment and other cost shares, and special exceptions – all leading to submitting a successful proposal.

The Research Office conducts a variety of workshops and training to help prepare faculty and researchers better compete for external and internal funding opportunities. If you are planning to respond to a grant opportunity, big or small, and/or need help with strategizing on a research theme please contact 302.831.7088

Requesting Letters of Support and Cost Shares

Principal investigators (PIs) are encouraged to review UD’s Cost Sharing Policy. Cost share letters and or commitments, including equipment, require sufficient preparation and often a long lead time for approvals. PIs should start this conversation with their respective department chairs, or college research office/deans as early as possible. All proposals that require cost share commitments and/or letters of support from UD leadership (President, Provost, VP Research) should follow the steps outlined here . Please route all the requests for cost shares and letters of support requiring UD leadership support through the Associate Vice President for Research Development. We encourage the PI’s and Research Deans to engage with the Research Office (RO) as early as possible through the Research Development Office. Email for communication to the Research Office for all such requests.

Grant Writing Program

The program is intended to support efforts by faculty to secure external sponsored research funding by providing them with grant writing, editing and graphic art support for proposal development.

Services Offered
  • Proposal: Editing, Graphic Support and Other Resources
    We have contracted with several external editors and graphic artists with a range of funding agency experience/expertise, with the goal of increasing the quality and success rate of extramural proposals. They can provide the following services for proposal development. The turnaround time varies depending upon the availability of the editor and/or graphic artist.
  • Proposal Preparation
    Editor assesses the narrative for its degree of alignment with the funding opportunity announcement; identifies strengths and weaknesses; ensures proposal is in one voice for multi?investigator collaborations; and outlines opportunities for shaping a more competitive proposal.
  • Proposal Revision for Resubmission
    Editor uses track changes and margin comments to suggest revisions to the research proposal. Special focus is given on achieving clarity and effective use of language. This is primarily intended for resubmissions. The PI must share prior reviews as part of the approval process.
  • Graphics Support
    The graphics support will work with the PI on creating/improving figures, logos, achieving clarity and producing professional looking end products. In rare cases where the RFP allows for animation or video submission, RDO will consider those as a special request.
  • Resources
    For the latest set of resources and services please contact:, 302.831.7088

    Grants Writing Program (UD Login Required)


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Thematic Workshops & Symposia

RDO organized thematic workshops and symposia are designed to engage experts from within and outside of UD on a specific yet broad topic so as to draw widest participation, develop collaborations and new strategic directions for UD’s research and in the state of Delaware. Below is a list of the current and past initiatives. If you have an idea for a thematic workshop or symposium drop us a line at


Upcoming Workshops and Symposia

Neuroscience (2/22/2019)


The Neuroscience symposium will bring together Neuroscience/Brain sciences researchers from across UD and State of Delaware. All faculty and researchers interested in the studies of the brain, behavior and central nervous system via theoretical, experimental or modeling approaches are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Participants will have the chance to create new cross-disciplinary links and foster collaboration between researchers

The day long symposium will be held on February 22, 2019. The goal of the symposium is to understand common interests, capacities, aspirations for neuroscience research at UD. The day will include presentations from UD researchers, keynote speakers from outside UD and breakout sessions to identify challenges and opportunities to strengthen UD’s research initiatives in neuroscience. Registration info will be available in the near future.

Committee Members:

Anna Klintsova (co-chair), John Jeka (co-chair), Nayantara Bhatnagar, Thomas Buchanan, Deni Galileo, Arild Hestvik, Susanne Morton, John Pelesko, Keith Schneider


Opioid (To be announced)


The Opioid symposium will bring together researchers, educators and policy specialists from across UD and the State of Delaware to address the opioid epidemic and what Delaware can do to combat it. This will be a chance for collaborators from institutions around the state to meet and discuss our capabilities and capacities facing this multi-faceted problem.

Committee Members:

Gregory Hicks (chair), Tammy Anderson, Stuart Binder-Macleod, Robert Boucher, Mary Dozier, Vicky Funanage, Bethany Hall-Long, Melissa Harrington, Emily Hauenstein, Mark Holodick, Claudine Jurkovitz, Rita Landgraf, Kevin McGuire, Tori Moskovciak, Karyl Rattay, Steven Stanhope, Millie Sullivan




Past Workshops and Symposia

Data Science Symposia (5/12/17)

Data Science Symposium

A symposium that brought together data science researchers from across UD. The day long symposium was held on May 12th 2017. The goal of the symposium was to understand common interests, capacities, aspirations for data science research at UD. The Symposium and the resulting white paper were a catalyst for launching the new Data Science Institute at UD, cluster hiring of faculty and launch of the Masters in Data Science program.


Water Workshop (2/3/2017)

Water Workshop

This workshop brought together water researchers across UD's campus. The afternoon started with participants sharing their research interests and followed by breakout sessions to identify challenges and opportunities to strengthen UD’s water research initiatives.


International Research (12/1/2016)

International Research

In December 2016, as part of a workshop organized by the Research Office called "International Meeting of the Minds," a new resource was created. It was a catalyst for conversation centering around international initiatives.


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A number of advisory boards and councils help guide and evaluate research programs at the University of Delaware. These serves as an advisory body to the Vice President of Research, Scholarship and Innovation on matters pertaining to the development of research, creative activities and achievement of research goals at the University of Delaware.

Research Dean's Council


The Research Dean’s Council is a body the seeks to develop strategic directions for UD’s research, address tactical issues facing researchers and helps the Research Office plan to best serve the UD research community. It is comprised of the designated Research Deans from all seven colleges, Research Office Assoc. Vice Presidents of Research Development, Regulatory Affairs and Research Administration, Director of OEIP, and, representatives from UD Corporate and Foundation Relations, IT, Libraries and Vice-Provost of the Graduate Office. The Council is chaired by Anshuman Razdan “AR”, Assoc. VP of Research Development.

Anshuman Razdan "AR", (Chair)

  • Leigh Botner, Research Development
  • Jason Cash, IT- Network and Systems Services
  • Laura Desimone, Associate Dean of Research
  • Doug Doren, Graduate and Professional Education
  • Dave Edwards, College of Health Sciences
  • Jeff Friedland, Research Office
  • Shabool Henry, Corporate and Foundation Relations
  • Murray Johnston, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sheryl Kline, Lerner College of Business and Economics
  • Monica McCormick, Library
  • Cordell Overby, Research Office
  • Fabrice Veron, College of Earth Ocean and Environment
  • David Weir, Office of Economic Innovation and Partnership
  • Eric Wommack, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Yushan Yan, College of Engineering

Senate Research Committee

Senate Research Committee

Jeffrey Buler, (Chair)

  • Jeffrey Buler, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
  • Lea Palm-Forster, Applied Economics and Statistics
  • Freda Patterson, Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • Lian-Ping Wang, Mechanical Engineering
  • Shannon Robson, Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • Charles Riordan, Research Office
  • Karen Stein, School of Public Policy and Administration
  • Amanda Van Horn, Communication Science and Disorders
  • Joshua Zide, Materials Science and Engineering

Research Information Management


The University of Delaware Research Information Management (RIM) Scoping Committee was established to frame an institutional perspective on research data management needs at UD, including the collection, management, delivery, and archiving of research data.

RIM Report: 6/2018

Michael O’Neal and Monica McCormick (Co-Chairs)

  • Jeffrey Caplan Core Facilities
  • Dave Edwards, College of Health Sciences
  • Joe Kempista, Information Technologies
  • Aletia Morgan, Information Technologies
  • Cordell Overby, Research Office
  • Carl Schmidt, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Ex Officio
    • Sharon Pitt, Information Technology
    • Anshuman Razdan, Research Office
    • Maria Palazuelos, Research Office

Proposal Review Panel


Following is a list of UD researchers who serve on the internal proposal review committee. The panel of experts are called upon to act as reviewers for limited submission proposals and internal seed grants. The Research Office acknowledges and appreciates the service of the committee members.

  • Lawrence Agbemabiese, Center for Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Tammy Anderson, Center for Drug and Health Studies
  • Ryan Arsenault, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Eliot Atekwana, Geological Sciences
  • Ben Bagozzi, Political Science and International Relations
  • Ann Bell,Sociology and Criminal Justice
  • Antony Beris,Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Anjana Bhat,Physical Therapy
  • Jen Biddle,Marine Biosciences
  • Katharina Billups,Oceanography
  • Esther Biswas, Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Sam Biswas, Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Richard Braun, Mathematical Sciences
  • Jeff Buler, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
  • Clara Chan, Geological Sciences
  • Laura Desimone, Deans Office
  • Marsha Dickson, Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • Doug Doren, Physics and Astronomy
  • Melinda Duncan, Biological Sciences
  • Dave Edwards, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
  • Hui Fang, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Joe Fox, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Tanya Gressley, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Barbara Habermann, Nursing
  • Tom Hanson, Marine Biosciences
  • Jim Hoffman, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Lindsay Hoffman, Communication
  • Gladys Ilarregui, Foreign Languages and Literatures
  • Murray Johnston, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Muqtedar Khan, Political Science and International Relations
  • Sheryl Kline, Hospitality Business Management
  • Kali Kneil, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Nobuhisa Kobayashi, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Shannon Lennon, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
  • Hong Li, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Kyle McCarthy, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
  • John McNutt, Human Development/Public Policy and Administration
  • Kent Messer, Applied Economics and Statistics
  • Holly Michael, Geological Sciences
  • Susanne Morton, Physical Therapy
  • Abdol-Razagh Oskooii, Political Science and International Relations
  • Anna Papafragou, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • John Pelesko, Mathematical Sciences
  • Steven Peuquet, Public Policy and Administration
  • Lorraine Phillips, Nursing
  • Jim Pizzuto, Geological Sciences
  • Darrin Pochan, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Jing Qiu, Applied Economics and Statistics
  • Sara Rauscher, Geography
  • Darcy Reisman, Physical Therapy
  • Charles Riordan, Vice President Research
  • Shannon Robson, Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • Angelia Seyffreth, Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Michael Shay, Physics and Astronomy
  • Mark Stanton, Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Colin Thorpe, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Erik Thostenson, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jillian Trabulsi, Behavioral Health and Nutrition
  • Joe Trainor, Disaster Research Center
  • Rodrigo Vargas, Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Lian-Ping Wang, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jessica Warren, Geological Sciences
  • Randy Wisser, Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Regina Wright, Nursing
  • Joshua Zide, Materials Science and Engineering

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Newsletter Archive

Welcome to the UD Research E-Newsletter. Published ten times a year, it features a broad range of current information recognizing the excellence of UD’s scholarly and creative activities, provides information about upcoming funding opportunities and scholarly events on campus and keeps the audience research administrators of policy and process changes. Subscribe below to be on our mailing list.




Catalyzing Excellence

Bingjun Xu recognized as an influential researcher

Recognition for Robotics Expert

Herbert Tanner named Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers

A Lifetime of Dance

UD’s Lynnette Overby honored as educator, advocate, mentor

Bridging Science and Society

Five doctoral students selected for 2018 DENIN Environmental Fellowships

UD’s Ramona Neunuebel wins NSF Career Award

Microbiologist studies survival strategies of pathogenic bacteria

Anshuman Razdan

Anshuman Razdan
Associate Vice President, Research Development

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Anshuman Razdan, PhD
Associate Vice President
for Research Development

Jennifer Doran
Administrative Assistant
Ph: (302) 831-6703

David Barczak
Communications Manager
Ph: (302) 831-8169

Leigh Botner
Research Development Director
Ph: (302) 831-7088

Jennifer Roth
Research Education Coordinator
Ph: (302) 831-3777

Sudha Aravindan
Computing Support Specialist
Ph: (302) 831-8621


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