RDFP applications due Sept. 22

News for Researchers

Posted August 31, 2023 by Ashley Washburn

The Office of Research and Economic Development is inviting applications for its 2023-2024 Research Development Fellows Program. RDFP is an eight-month program designed to help UNL faculty at the assistant-level rank position themselves for external funding success.

Sept. 22 is the application deadline. Up to 12 faculty will be selected to participate in the 2023-2024 program. Learn more about program activities and how to apply.

More than 260 faculty from each of UNL’s nine academic colleges have participated in RDFP. Program participants develop a strategic plan for pursuing external funding and gain practical experience to effectively communicate their research, scholarship and creative activity to potential funders and other audiences.

Ciara Ousley, assistant professor of special education and communication disorders and a member of the 2022-2023 RDFP cohort, said, “Coming into the program, I was hoping to solidify my five-year research funding plan and fine-tune my grant writing skills. While these two goals were accomplished during the program, RDFP helped me achieve so much more.”

Faculty who complete RDFP average 2.5 times more externally funded projects active at any given time than their non-RDFP peers, and the size of those externally funded project awards is double that of non-RDFP faculty.

ORED will host a virtual information session to answer questions about the program on Sept. 7, 10 to 10:30 a.m. Register for this session.

For additional information, contact Heather Borck, research development program coordinator, 402-472-4090.

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