Director of Research Development & Support

The Director of Research Development will provide wide-ranging support to faculty, staff, and students across all stages of grant applications and serve as a central resource and leader for research support offices across the university.  The director will be responsible for supporting UofL faculty as they seek and secure external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activities through the submission of competitive grant and contract applications. The Director will oversee the UofL grand challenges program, connect research support offices distributed throughout academic units, manage limited submissions and internal competitions, facilitate proposal preparation, and other related activities.

This position will report to the AVP for Strategic Partnerships and Research Development and regularly interact with faculty, research administrators, and Office of Sponsored Programs staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible for strategic planning for research development at UofL including education and training programs.

Lead faculty development programs and workshops to help researchers successfully navigate the process of applying for grants.

Develop proposal writing support tools, including writing, editing, proofreading, project management, and graphics support.

Provide oversight of the implementation of University of Louisville Grand Challenges.

Manage internal grant and seed funding programs.

Develop tools for communicating funding opportunities, including limited submissions, and manage internal competitions.         

Connect and support research office staff distributed throughout the university.

Develop tools for finding funding and provide grant prospecting support.

Facilitate external reviews of proposals and building a resourced network of external grant writers and reviewers.

Manage every aspect of large-scale proposals by working with the faculty team and the research administration support staff, allowing ample time for the proposals to be written, assembled, checked, proofread, and submitted within required deadlines. Helping in drafting non-technical sections and consolidation and hiring and managing grant writing support personnel.

Work with individual faculty in strategic areas and junior faculty in developing responses to specific calls.

Facilitate team science process for proposal teams to prepare competitive, large-scale, multidisciplinary proposals.

Other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in a related field and five or more years of directly related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.  

Grade EI  Salary Range $66,153 - $92,172 - $120,557

Preferred Qualifications

PhD, Ten years of relevant leadership experience.

Contact Information

University of Louisville



300 E. Market Street, Suite 300

Louisville, KY 40202


Background Information



  • Non-Profit
  • College/University
  • Other
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Grants and Contracts

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$66,153 +

  • Full Time