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Research Development Fellows Program — Overview

Program Description

The Research Development Fellows Program (RDFP) is an Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) initiative designed to provide full-time, pre-tenure faculty with the information, resources and approaches necessary to prepare competitive grant proposals.

The year-long program is composed of three 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 are complemented by one-on-one consultations with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) administrators, faculty colleagues and ORED staff, who provide advice to fellows regarding the proposal development process, including the creation of a concept paper and elevator pitch.

Sponsor Engagement

A group trip to Washington, D.C. provides fellows an opportunity to network with program officers about their research ideas.


Applications are welcome from full-time, pre-tenure faculty who are in the early stages of developing a research program. Visiting, adjunct and research-track faculty and professors of practice 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

Apply for RDFP here.

For More Information

For more information, contact Tisha Mullen, director of proposal development, at 402-472-2894.

Related Resources

Office of Proposal Development
Office of Sponsored Programs
Research Administration Essentials (formerly NURAMP)
Research Fair