Research Development Fellows Program — Overview

Research Development Fellows Program

Program Description

The Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP) is an Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) initiative designed to provide the knowledge and experience early career faculty need to successfully pursue competitive grant funding. Through the RDFP, fellows gain access to the information and resources they need to develop and submit grant proposals to external funding agencies.

The year-long program is composed of two primary components:

Learning Activities

At the core of the RDFP is a combination of formal and informal learning sessions designed to help fellows conceptualize project plans, interact effectively with program officers, identify funding opportunities, plan and draft effective grant proposals and develop an understanding of the proposal review process.


RDFP learning activities will be complemented by one-on-one consultations with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) administrators, faculty colleagues and ORED staff, who will provide advice and expertise to fellows as they develop grant proposals. The program provides funds for fellows to travel to network with program officers and for external expert review of a grant proposal prior to submission.

To view RDFP activities planned for 2016-2017, click here.


Applications to participate in the RDFP are welcome from pre-tenure faculty members hired by UNL within the last four years. Visiting, adjunct and research-track faculty are not eligible to apply. Program participation is limited to 20 fellows per year. Fellows who participate in the RDFP may not re-apply in subsequent years.

Application Process

To apply to participate in the RDFP, click here.

For More Information

For more information, contact Nathan Meier, assistant vice chancellor for research, 402-472-3902, or Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development, 402-472-2894.

Related Resources

Office of Proposal Development
Office of Sponsored Programs
Research Fair