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Research & Grant Development Office

The Research & Grant Development Office (RGDO) was established as the Humanities Resource Center (HRC) on August 1, 1994. It represented a joint effort by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research and Public Service, and the Hall Center for the Humanities to promote the development of successful grant and fellowship applications by KU humanities faculty members. On April 20, 1998, KU appointed a full time grant development officer to expand and direct the activities of the center. HRC’s name changed to the Humanities Grant Development Office when it became an integral part of the Hall Center on July 1, 2000. Now known as the Research & Grant Development Office, it covers a  wide spectrum of research development services.

Mission & Objectives

Our mission is to stimulate external grant and fellowship activities and enhance the quality of applications by KU humanities scholars.

Our major objectives are to increase awareness about sources of external funding by:

  • Broadcasting email tips about funding opportunities
  • Providing funding opportunities lists
  • Connecting faculty with similar interests to build a base for collaborative research

Teach faculty and students how to develop competitive proposals by:

  • Working closely with individual scholars to develop competitive grant and fellowship applications
  • Cooperating with other entities to distribute information about grant and fellowship application development
  • Presenting workshops on grant proposal development

Remove much of the drudgery from the process by:

  • Providing standard KU boilerplate
  • Helping faculty find the numbers they need to include in their budgets
  • Organizing proposals according to agency guidelines
  • Submitting completed applications
  • Assisting Fellowship Winners with the administrative tasks required to receive Supplemental Salary Funding (SSF), if appropriate


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