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Research Development Team

The Research Development Team (RDT) at Johns Hopkins University promotes and encourages collaborative research across disciplines, schools, and institutions by assisting project teams with large-scale proposal development.


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Sue Porterfield

Susannah Porterfield, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Research

Sue assumed this role in 2014 after serving eight years as the Executive Director of the Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) at Johns Hopkins University.  Along with her responsibilities as AVP for Research, she also oversees the Research Development Team.  Sue received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology from Grove City College and her MS in Human Resource Management from Towson University.

Email:  Office Phone: 443-927-1957     Cell Phone:  443-794-3977

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Courtney McQueen, Sr. Science Writer

Courtney obtained her BS in Chemistry from Harvey Mudd College in 2004 and her PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University in 2010.  As an experienced science writer and editor, Courtney will be available to help PIs with the grant-writing process, including reviewing, editing, and making suggestions to proposals prior to submission.

Email:   Phone: 410-502-3090





Declan Sunderland, Grants and Contracts Manager

Declan joined RDT in 2019 where he has gained experience managing pre-award proposal development for large-scale interdisciplinary grant applications. He successfully completed the Johns Hopkins University Research Administration Trainee Program, including rotations in Sponsored Projects Shared Services, Internal Audit, the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University Research Administration, and the Research Development Team. Through his participation in the program, he’s built a strong knowledge base in pre and post award activities. He received his BS in Accounting from Towson University.

Email: Phone: 410-502-0554

Annika Weder, Sr. Science Writer/Limited Submissions Coordinator

Annika obtained her BA in English from the University of Bern in 2017 and her MA in English from Case Western Reserve University in 2019. She has experience as a science writer, editor, and translator. On the RDT team, Annika manages the limited submissions process for Johns Hopkins as well as internal and external funding opportunity lists.


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    3400 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    (443) 927-1957

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