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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.


Our Services

  • Managing and facilitating the pre-award phase for teams who submit large grant proposal opportunities that support multidisciplinary and collaborative research (e.g.: NIH’s project grants (P01, P30, etc.) and cooperative agreements (U19, U54, etc.))
  • Providing grant writing and editing assistance
  • Offering University-wide training and workshops that are sponsor/grant-type specific
  • Providing templates for common sections of federally-sponsored proposals
  • Distributing weekly emails with limited submission funding announcements
  • Distributing monthly funding opportunity emails with internal JHU funding sources and external grant opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral students and early-career faculty
  • Connecting PIs with various resources across the university
  • Managing the university-wide NSF GRFP Fellowships

The Team

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Susannah Porterfield, 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: 410-516-8094     Cell Phone:  443-794-3977

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Marc Lennon, Director

Marc has over 15 years of experience in grants and contracts management, including expertise in pre-award budget and proposal development, proposal review and submission, and post-award financial management.  He has worked in department, college, and central offices at several academic institutions, most recently at the University of Maryland – College Park.  Marc earned a BA in Political Science and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a MBA from the University of Baltimore.  He is a Certified Research Administrator.

Email:   Phone: 410-502-2155

Tolise Dailey, Grants & Training Manager

Tolise has 26 years of research administration experience in pre and post award, clinical trials, financial management and regulatory compliance at the central and departmental level. She taught training courses at University of Colorado Boulder, Georgetown University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is a national and global traveling workshop faculty member for the National Council of University Research Administrators and teaches traveling training programs for the Society of Research Administrators International. She has a train-the-trainer certificate and is a certified research administrator.

Email: Phone: 410-614-1587



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 & Contracts Analyst

Declan has 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 research administration while gaining experience in both 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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    265 Garland Hall
    3400 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21218

    (410) 516-8094

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