The Research Development (RD) Team is available to assist faculty in developing a successful research portfolio. The RD Team can provide faculty with expert guidance on connecting to potential resources, collaborators, and funding, as well as cultivating relationships with federal, state, and corporate funding agencies.

The RD team serves Notre Dame faculty by helping to develop high quality, competitive proposals that lead to success. As part of the proposal development services offered by Notre Dame Research, the team can assist individual faculty or faculty teams with complex proposals, including reviews by technical experts.

 The full suite of services offered include:

  • Hosting of federal agency program officers on campus.
  • Visits to federal funding agencies to discuss faculty research interests.
  • Connecting faculty to proposal development specialists at all phases of developing a proposal.
  • Providing technical proposal reviews, or reviews by federal or military advisors, prior to submission.
  • Grant writing workshops.
  • Support for development of large, complex proposals or multi-institutional proposals.
  • Advising faculty on how to build a successful research program.
  • Other support services, as appropriate. (Please contact the Research Development Program Director to discuss.)

Meet the Team

  1. Heather H. Boyd

    Research Development Program Director

  2. Patricia L. Clark

    Associate Vice President for Research, Biophysics Instrumentation Core Facility Faculty Director

  3. Edward Maginn

    Associate Vice President for Research

  4. Kate Mueller

    Academic Advancement Director

  5. Jill Pentimonti

    Executive Director of Research Advancement

  6. Gina Svarovsky

    Faculty Director

Research Development Working Group

The Research Development Working Group (RDWG) is an interdisciplinary team of research-active faculty and staff who collaborate closely with the RD Team to support the advancement of research at the University of Notre Dame.

At RDWG meetings, members share best practices, discuss emerging research development opportunities, bring together collaborative teams and coordinate research development-related campus events. The group also serves as a resource for the RD team, providing expert insights and perspectives on research development initiatives.

  • Heather Boyd, Research Development Program Director
  • Patricia Clark (RDWG chair), O'Hara Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Associate Vice President for Research
  • Dave Delgado, Research Security Program Director
  • Brian Fogarty, Associate Director of Center for Social Science Research
  • Mike Hildreth, Professor of Physics and Associate Dean for College of Science
  • Derek Lake, Associate Director of NDnano
  • Ronald Metoyer, Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and Associate Dean for College of Engineering
  • Jarek Nabrzyski, Faculty Director of Center for Research Computing 
  • Prakash Nallathamby, Associate Director of Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health 
  • Jonathan Noble, Senior Assistant Provost for Internationalization
  • Jill Pentimonti, Director of Research Advancement for Office of Federal Relations
  • Arnie Phifer, Associate Director of Berthiaume Institute for Precision Health
  • Tom Scrace, Director of Foundation Relations
  • Subhash Shinde, Associate Director of ND Energy
  • Michael Sweikar, Executive Director of Pulte Institute for Global Development
  • Josh Tullis, Managing Program Director of SpectrumX
  • Josh Tychonievich, Research Development Program Director for the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA)

Campus Collaborations

The RD Team consists of federal and military research agency advisors, as well as proposal development specialists. The RD Team works closely with the following offices at the University, including:

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