Research Development

VPR RD Team

The VPR Research Development team. Top row: Shawnn Casagrande, Jennifer Lyon Gardner (RD team lead), Jennifer Bindel, Jenny Nelson Gray. Middle row: Liza Scarborough, Daniel Arriaga, Bob McGarrett, Eunjung (EJ) Lee-Furman. Bottom row: Stephanie Tomlinson, Elizabeth Vandewater.

The VPR Research Development team strategically oversees campus-level initiatives that promote collaborative research, including the UT Pop-Up Institutes and our campus-wide research grand challenges initiative, Bridging Barriers. We also provide competitive intelligence and tactical proposal development support to cross-college teams of researchers pursuing center grants and other major external funding. We facilitate collaborative relationships among faculty through a research mentor-pairing program, and we organize faculty development events that enable motivated early career researchers to seek advice from successful PIs.