What we do

Research Funding and Development Services, also referred to as RFDS, is a program within the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research that provides advice, consultation, and training for OHSU researchers. We work closely with other offices in Research Administration, such as Office of Proposal & Award Management (OPAM), as well as the OHSU Foundation. We also serve as the communication hub for information related to grants, research administration, and other key tools for investigators.

RFDS provides assistance to faculty, students, fellows, and staff in the following ways:

Grant Funding

Proposal Development

  • Reviews and discusses your proposal to help make it more competitive.
  • Leads workshops and trainings for proposal writing.
  • Assists with letters of institutional support and boilerplate.
  • Offers a six-week professional science writing course open to all OHSU researchers.

Research Communications

  • Publishes OHSU Research News—your source for the latest information on events, funding opportunities, policy changes, and more.
  • Sends targeted emails to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and other research staff regarding important institutional updates and information.