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Frequently Asked Questions

  • 01. What is the Research Development Team (RDT)?

    The Research Development Team was created to be a comprehensive service center for any researcher interested in submitting large, collaborative proposals.

  • 02. What services does the RDT offer?

    Our team can manage the entire pre-award process, including budget and budget justification development, coordination of collaborators across campus, coordination of subawardees, project management, drafting management plans, grant editing and writing, etc.

  • 03. Are your services limited to federal grant opportunities?

    No, we will work with all sponsor types.

  • 04. Is there a budget minimum a proposal has to be to work with RDT?

    A proposed budget should be at least $5 million total costs (direct and indirect) for the duration of the project.

  • 05. Who can use RDT services?

    Anyone eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator at JHU can work with us.

  • 06. Is there a cost to use RDT?

    There is no cost to either you or your department for using RDT services.

  • 07. If I utilize RDT, will my department keep the Facilities and Administration (Indirect) Costs if the proposal is awarded?

    Yes.  At this time, RDT will not retain any recovered Indirect Costs for our services.

  • 08. Will my department staff be able to access my proposal?

    The COEUS record is developed under RDT’s cost center for tracking but changed to the PI’s cost center before award.  We can provide access for department staff to view proposals in ASSIST, Workspace, FastLane, and/or COEUS.

  • 09. Will RDT submit through my usual Research Administration office?

    Yes, RDT has designated representatives in JHURA, BARA and ORA.

  • 10. Am I required to work with RDT if I’m submitting a large proposal?

    Not at all.  It is completely up to the PI.  Your RDT grants manager will be in contact with the department as much or as little as needed.  We are here to help support departments if they are unable to dedicate the time and effort it takes to submit a large, collaborative funding application.

  • 11. How far in advance should I contact RDT to request assistance?

    Please notify us at least eight weeks in advance of your proposal’s due date.

  • 12. Does the RDT handle NIH T32s and other training or education grants?

    At this time, RDT does not manage the submission of training grants.  However, we can connect you with University resources to assist with collection of the university-wide data required for some training grant tables.

  • 13. What is the best way to contact the Research Development Team?

    You can either email us at [email protected] with any questions or submit an inquiry form and someone from the Research Development Team (RDT) will contact you within 48 hours.  Please include a link to the funding opportunity announcement and the due date, if applicable and available.

  • 14. How can I find collaborators?

    You can contact RDT and we will generate a list of researchers with similar research interests, or you can browse any of the following databases:

    -At Johns Hopkins University, you can search by division through the Academics portal to find specific departments to contact.

    -The Welch Medical Library offers access to databases like PubMed and Scopus, which you can search by keyword to find relevant publications.

    NIH Reporter allows you to search by keywords to find projects led by researchers from across the country.   You can search for projects in your field of interest and then initiate contact with the PI to discuss potential collaboration.

    PIVOT is a database that has a “Profile” repository of faculty in JHU’s depts.  If you don’t have an account, please email us and we’ll create one for you.

  • 15. Where can I find collaborative funding opportunities?

    A few ways to find announcements that encourage collaboration are:

    -Search the word: “collab” in the search box on NIH’s Funding page.  Various opportunities will populate that you can filter through.

    -Browse the National Organization for Research Development Professionals’ (NORDP) Comprehensive List of Collaborative Funding MechanismsThis resource was created, and is maintained, by NORDP members.

    PIVOT is a funding opportunity database that houses announcements for a host of sponsors.  If you do not have an account, please email us and we’ll create one for you.

  • 16. What approach should I use when reaching out to collaborators?

    Whether you reach out in-person, by email, or via a phone call, you should start by expressing how it would be beneficial for both of you to collaborate.  You should also show enthusiasm on how innovative the idea is and how it would push your field forward.  If they agree, having possible funding opportunities readily available to share can move the conversation to something actionable.

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