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What is Research Development?
By Kay Tindle

The National Organization of Research Development Professionals defines research development as a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers and central research administrators in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. Located within the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Research Development Team (RDT) fosters new and innovative initiatives to increase competitiveness and move Texas Tech to the forefront of top research universities.

Multidisciplinary Collaborations and Strategic Research Advancement One of the goals of RDT is to increase collaboration between researchers in order to leverage our campus research strengths and partnerships. To accomplish this goal, RDT:
  • Facilitates collaborations between research groups to increase submissions of multidisciplinary- and inter-disciplinary proposals valued at $1 million or more.
  • Coordinates catalytic research events, seminars and workshops to help expand the knowledge base, develop partnerships and increase cooperation and collaboration.
  • Assists in developing new on-campus research working groups.
  • Identifies large, multi-disciplinary funding opportunities that align with Texas Tech's strengths and active collaborations.
Proposal Development

We offer early-stage proposal development assistance for interdisciplinary, multi-investigator teams and individual faculty members for proposals valued at $1 million or more by:
  • Developing timelines, checklists and managing the proposal development process;
  • Organizing, managing and attending team meetings;
  • Assisting with coordination and communication between the project team and the Office of Research Services, as well as the project team and external partners;
  • Providing high-level proposal review and feedback to ensure that all of the sponsor requirements are met;
  • Connecting faculty with editors knowledgeable in grant writing to assess the readability, clarity, and organization of the proposal;
  • and assisting with resubmissions by reviewing agency evaluations and providing feedback to adapt and modify proposals to be more competitive.
Limited Submissions

RDT identifies limited submission opportunities through internet searches, web services and historical opportunities. We manage the limited submission competitions that are posted on the Limited Submissions webpage and oversee the pre-proposal process to determine the best candidates for limited proposal submission.


Research teams are most successful when the proposal development process is begun well in advance of the funding announcement. RDT would like to work with you and your colleagues as early as possible as you identify an agency/program/solicitation that you are interested in pursuing. If your proposal meets the criteria for consideration, RDT will meet with you to outline the needs of you and your team and propose ways that we may be able to provide assistance. Each research team and proposal is different, so our role will vary with each proposal. Let us meet with you to find out what fits you best.
    Kay Tindle, M.Ed.
    (806) 834-5582
    Carrie Romo, J.D.
    Sr. Proposal Development Administrator
    (806) 834-5295
Kay Tindle is director of the Research Development Team in the Office of the Vice President for Research.