Coordinator II, Research Development- Office of Research & Engagement
Regular Full-time, Pay Grade 40, Salary DOE&Q
This position reports to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research Development within the Office of Research and Engagement. Among other activities, Research Development is responsible for the coordination of a team approach for major strategic and/or large scale, multidisciplinary or multi-investigator research projects involving faculty and administrative staff from various colleges and central administrative units. This position supports proposal preparation and submission, as they work on 1) proposals of diverse scope which requires a thorough understanding of complex regulations and 2) complex proposals that will involve multiple investigators and/or multiple sub-awards. The individual in this position will conduct activities related to early warning for funding opportunities, federal agency engagement, proposal development, internal faculty interest, and external teaming for large funding opportunities, as directed. Responsibilities include preparing concept papers, proposals, and other documents to be submitted by university personnel. At times, this can involve coordination with various external partners, including other universities; industrial and corporate contacts; and state agencies to build teams in support of the PI's research. In addition, this position is responsible for maintaining UT's internal portfolio by researching, developing, updating, and preparing information and communication material on faculty alignment with UT's research strengths and responding to requests from external partners about potential collaborators and funders. This position will involve a fundamental knowledge of how federal sponsors support research activities, preferably in a university environment; independent judgment, strong organization and communication skills, and superior customer service focus across broad and diverse subject areas related to research development and research administration; the ability to influence and build work relationships among a diverse workforce at all levels; the ability to manage a significant volume of transactions and to juggle multiple tasks; and the ability to analyze, interpret and implement university policies and procedures.
Specific duties include:
upport and assist investigators (in assigned area of responsibility) in the preparation of large-scale, multidisciplinary proposals: * Review funding calls such as Request for Proposals (RFPs), Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), and Broad Area Announcements (BAAs), to ensure appropriate proposal preparation and determine if additional Office of Research and Engagement involvement or institutional commitment is needed. * Prepare and use compliance matrices to help PIs analyze and interpret sponsor guidelines for proposal development and improvement to ensure compliance, competitiveness, and fit with sponsor requirements. * Foster collaborations with PIs and research teams to strategize approaches for large and complex proposals. * Adhere to timelines of proposal development activities based on sponsor deadlines. * Assist PIs in proposal preparation. Edit, coordinate, design, and perform other activities related to proposal preparation. * Coordinate letters of collaboration, faculty biosketches and research support information, project management plans, and subrecipient documentation. * Apply research administration and research development best practices to review proposals. * Participate in color team proposal reviews.
Maintain UT's internal portfolio as it relates to faculty research interests and assets to facilitate partnering and relationships with funders: * Research sources for external funding primarily with federal agencies. * Suggest ways to target and build strong relationships with funders, primarily federal agencies. * Identify faculty research interests and strengths. Maintain working knowledge of faculty areas of expertise. Facilitate interdisciplinary teams as directed. * Provide information for presentations and communications shared with internal and external partners about faculty strengths, research interests, ongoing projects, and research impacts. * Support UT-hosted conferences and meetings, as well as faculty travel to federal agency-hosted events for the purpose of networking with federal program officers. * Develop and maintain familiarity with sponsor trends and agencies' missions. Assist PIs in identifying appropriate funding sources. Gather funding and competitive intelligence on behalf of the PI and/or research team.
* Support the development of training sessions for faculty and staff on relevant key issues/trends in research proposal development. * Suggest potential collaborations to capitalize and expand on existing strengths. * Suggest and coordinate networking and teaming activities. * Provide project management for long-term RD initiatives. * Actively participate in Research Development strategic planning and team building efforts.
Other duties as assigned
Internal Number: 196073
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