The Office of Research Strategy and Development

Strategizing with faculty for research funding success

The mission of the Office of Research Strategy and Development is to catalyze creative scholarship by empowering individuals and teams to lead strategic research endeavors with global impact.

As a result of our work, our vision is that Brown University research drives global innovation and transformation. Our office is recognized for our research funding knowledge, strategic approach, reliability and responsiveness. Our team collaborates with the research enterprise across the University to build capacity and empower faculty for success in pursuit of their scholarship.

We value creative solutions, partnerships, strategic leadership and practices that welcome and nurture all voices. To read more, click on the slide image below to open a PDF of our strategy:

Funding Opportunities

Strategic Planning

Proposal Development

  • Strategic alignment of research goals with funding agency's mission
  • Non-technical proposal components (description of facilities, diversity programs, broader impacts, outreach)
  • Enhancing graphics and visuals
  • Institutional support letters


Edel Minogue

Senior Director, Research Strategy and Development

Margaret Manning 

Assistant Director, Limited Submissions and Internal Funding


Betsy Stubblefield Loucks
Associate Director, Research Strategy Development

Susan Weiner
Prestigious Nominations Manager

Frances Terry

Assistant Director Research Development

Contact for Engineering, Physics, DEEPS, Chemistry, Applied Math, Math, CLPS, Computer Science Internal Funds and Limited Submissions Contact for Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences Contact for Public Health, IBES, BioMed Centers and Institutes Contact for Prestigious Nominations Contact for BioMed Departments








A Glimpse into ARPA-H

NIH’s newest grant initiative, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), will soon begin issuing funding opportunities and ORSD is following all the developments. Click here to learn about ARPA-H and what you can expect from ORSD as it launches.

New DE&I Resource

Wondering what you can do to show your commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion? Click here to view a list of ideas.

ORSD 2021-2022 Annual Report

The Office of Research Strategy and Development’s 2021-2022 Annual Report includes data about ORSD’s activities from July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022. Read about our role in awarding $1.16 million in Seed Awards on slide 24; see the list of events we held to build research capacity at Brown on slide 15; and review the funded grants that received ORSD guidance and support particularly on slide 22. Click here to view the report.

2023 Annual Limited Submission Calendars

Follow the links below to view the 2023 Limited Submission Projected Calendars. In Fall 2018, OVPR instituted a process to set earlier deadlines for high-profile, regularly-occurring limited submission opportunities. The intent of the Limited Submission Calendars is to enable the Brown research community more time to plan for these opportunities.


OVPR Brown Quantum Science Initiative

Starting in 2018, OVPR has worked to catalyze Brown's research efforts in quantum science, leading to over $6 million in extramural funding in just over a year . OVPR has convened faculty across several fields, including engineering, physics and chemistry, to harness their collective expertise and build robust collaborations focused on quantum technologies that could open the door to ultra-fast computers, new kinds of sensors, uncrackable information security and other revolutionary technologies. To learn more, please contact Edel Minogue.


ORSD Grant Writing Workshop 

Planning and Writing Successful NSF Grant Proposals

Fundamental concepts of NSF proposal planning and writing backed by concrete tips and operational strategies that support planning and longer-term sustainability.

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, this virtual seminar was presented by Dr. M.S. (Peg) AtKisson and Dr. Amanda Welch of AtKisson Training Group.  Faculty members writing a proposal for NSF were invited to apply.

Home Health Technologies Workshops

On Feb. 17 and 18, Brown University hosted a workshop to explore the technological challenges and opportunities presented by this massive shift to home-based care. Titled Home Health Technologies in 2032, the event gathered more than 90 physicians, biomedical engineers, technologists, social scientists and others for virtual meetings.

February Workshop News Story

An interdisciplinary group of experts came together at Brown University for the second in a series of Home Health Technologies in 2032 meetings to explore how emerging technologies might better support improved health and well-being without ever leaving home. Workshop 2: Healthcare Technologies in the Living Environment built on the initial virtual conference held last February, which highlighted the need for new ideas in home-health technologies. Organizers planned for this to be the second in a series of future workshops that will continue to bring together a cross pollination of stakeholders to explore the challenges and opportunities of increasing the adoption of home-based technologies.

May Workshop News Story