Division of Research Program Development

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The Division of Research Program Development (DRPD) assists University of Florida faculty and staff in the pursuit of internal and external research funding. The division identifies and publishes a list of Funding Opportunities for the UF community, coordinates the selection of UF’s nominees to limited submission programs, facilitates industry partnerships, and coordinates the annual Research Opportunity Seed Fund program.

The division assists in planning and coordinating large interdisciplinary research initiatives, including facilitating the preparation of grants involving multiple schools, colleges, divisions, or institutions to support new research programs at UF. The division also maintains a list of grantsmanship resources and boilerplate text to assist all faculty submitting proposals. The Division of Research Program Development is responsible for the following areas:

External Funding Opportunities

Discover the updated list of funding opportunities, graduate student funding opportunities, government funding resources and more

Internal Competitive Funding

View internal competitive funding resources, such as UF Research Foundation Awards, Research Opportunity Seed Fund and more

Request a Funding Search

Complete the form to get help identifying external support for specific research projects 

Proposal Development Assistance

Receive consulting support for multiple-investigator proposals more than $1 million

Limited Submission Guidelines

Understand the necessary guidelines for selecting the proposal that will be submitted in response to a limited submission program

Industry Collaborations

Explore the different types of industry partnerships available—from working with the Office of Technology (OTL) to our matching grant partnerships

Contact Info

Staff Directory

Name Position Phone Number Office Number
Sobha Jaishankar Assistant Vice President and Lecturer (352) 392-8247 GRI 237
Cherrie Hughes Assistant Director of Industrial Outreach (352) 273-3052 GRI 239
Kelly Jacoby Proposal Development Specialist (352) 392-9270 GRI 234
Canan “Janan” Balaban Proposal Development Specialist (352) 294-2027 GRI 234
Jeevan Jyot Research Programs and Services, Coordinator (352) 273-3065 GRI 234
Maura Pedersen Senior Information Specialist (352) 392-4804 GRI 234

Mailing Address


Division of Research Program Development
Office of Research
University of Florida
234 Grinter Hall
PO Box 115500 Gainesville, FL 32611-5500
Gainesville, FL 32611-5500