Research Development Program

The Research Development Program (RDP) prepares students to be successful in securing funding through grant making activities. This can include 1) research funding or 2) funding to support one’s academic studies.

By the end of a one-year commitment, participants will have established a mentoring relationship with experienced faculty, developed a specific grant application of their choice, received feedback on the proposal via a quality circle review, and submitted a competitive proposal for extramural funding. Participants will receive instruction through a series of workshops and one-on-one consultations conducted by Bauer and Associates, a national expert, who will address such topics as developing long-term research goals, identifying appropriate funding sources, applying for prestigious student awards, and developing a competitive proposal.

Eligible students are enrolled full-time as doctoral students, are in good academic standing, and have a demonstrable interest in grant seeking. The program is open to students in the humanities, social sciences, health sciences, creative arts, education, professional programs, and natural, physical, and mathematical sciences. Please see the Guidelines for more details.


Please note: some items require the Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe website.

2014-2015 Research Development Program Guidelines

2014-2015 Research Development Program Application