Research Development (RD) Technical Grant Specialist Research 
JOB #: 1909259
Full time; Career  Starting Salary Range: $23.95-$31.13/hourly. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Initial Review Date: 01-05-2020
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The Research Development (RD) Technical Grant Specialist participates in research development activities conducted by UCSC's Office of Research in collaboration with the Academic Divisions and works as part of a team to provide consistent support for UCSC researchers. Performs a variety of functions related to proposal development/grant writing supporting strategic business objections of the UCSC, as well as support academic units on reputation enhancing, high dollar opportunities. Functions to be performed include assisting faculty with navigating the Electronic Research Administration software (Cayuse), drafting and modifying documents for proposal submissions, and coordinating proposal preparation efforts including, if applicable, the limited submission process. Establishes one-on-one relationships with faculty members and provides extensive funding identification and proposal development support. Collaborates with faculty researchers, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, Research Development Director/Specialists, and other Office of Research units to support proposal submission for projects and initiatives. Maintains a strong customer-service oriented environment. Conducts customized funding opportunity searches using relevant databases. Designs proposal development resources, including templates, that can be adapted for various components of federal and private funding applications. Works proactively with minimum direction and guidance within a service-team environment.
Research Development encompasses a set of strategic, proactive, catalytic, and capacity-building activities designed to facilitate individual faculty members, teams of researchers, and central research administrations in attracting extramural research funding, creating relationships, and developing and implementing strategies that increase institutional competitiveness. Research Development professionals initiate and nurture critical partnerships and alliances throughout the institutional research enterprise and between institutions-and with their external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, Research Development professionals build and implement strategic services and collaborative resources that span across disciplinary and administrative barriers within their organizations and beyond. Research Development includes a broad spectrum of activities including: funding opportunity identification and targeted dissemination; grant/contract proposal development; research team building; interaction with funding agencies and institutional research administration and leadership; interaction with institutional federal relations; and outreach activities and training.
The mission of UCSC's Office of Research Development is to catalyze the UCSC research enterprise with an emphasis on responsiveness to research opportunities, emerging opportunities, and providing consistent support for UCSC researchers (e.g. opportunity scouting, proposal scoping, pre-award consultations, hands-on proposal development, proposal review, coaching/mentoring, and early career training/outreach, etc.). ORD staff collaborate on developing resources to streamline proposal development, promoting cross-campus research communications and collaborations, helping to facilitate collaborations with other institutions, conduction workshops and training, developing research portfolio analytics, and implementing metrics for tracking/optimizing success. ORD staff work directly with UCSC Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP) to enhance the quality, timeliness, and competitiveness of UCSC's submittals.
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