Research Development

Vision: To advance CALS’ capacity for research and scholarship in line with college, university, New York State and federal priorities.

Goal: The goal of the CALS Research Development office is to cultivate and implement programming to support and grow the externally-funded research activity of faculty at all levels. In particular, the office supports proposal development activities that enable faculty to procure multi-disciplinary grants, center grants and training grants; diversify funding streams and to help new faculty launch their research careers successfully.

Research Development catalyzes capacity-building activities, research collaboration and pipeline growth, which complements the administrative management of proposals by the CALS Office of Sponsored Research. The office also works closely with the central office of Research Development in the Cornell University Office of Sponsored Programs. 

The CALS Office of Research Development:

  • Develops grant proposals with a focus on Center grants, complex, multi-PI grants, training grants and grants of strategic importance to CALS and/or Cornell.
  • Conducts specialized training including workshops for early career faculty and agency-specific trainings such as NSF CAREER, NSF, NIH, DOD and USDA.
  • Cultivates team science by promoting a multi-disciplinary team approach and fostering collaboration among diverse faculty and topics.
  • Advances early career faculty by offering one-to-one sessions to discuss strategic research planning and identify and connect new faculty with career development resources on campus.
  • Positions faculty strategically with federal agencies by facilitating introductions with agency program officers and providing support, including the preparation of key materials, as agency relationships develop.
  • Provides evaluation expertise in partnership with CORE, the Cornell Office of Research Evaluation. RD and CORE staff can help develop planning models (e.g. logic and concept) and evaluation plans.

  • Publicizes funding opportunities within CALS.
  • Manages limited submission opportunities within CALS to develop competitive teams and proposals.
Josephine Martell

Director of Research Development

Josephine Martell