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The Office of Research Development (ORD) works with faculty across the university on finding research and training funding, on crafting compelling narratives, and on advancing Tufts' capacity for research and scholarship in line with school, university, and federal priorities. The ORD provides expertise in federal funding narrative support and collaborates regularly with Corporate and Foundation Relations to meet the diverse grantsmanship needs of Tufts’ investigators.

The ORD offers the following services for the advancement of research at Tufts University:

  • Finding Funding
    • Funding strategy guidance in partnership with the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations
    • Targeted funding searches and alignment of funding strategies with school, university, and federal priorities
    • Workshops on strategies for finding funding opportunities
  • Grantsmanship Resources
    • Collaboration on team science initiatives and large multi-investigator proposalssuch as institutional training grants, center grants, and infrastructure- and capacity-building grants
    • Consultation and development of individual investigator grants
    • Consultation on developing ideas for a proposal
    • Copyediting of grant proposals, including for English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers
    • Grantsmanship review and editing of major narrative elements (e.g., Project Summary/Specific Aims, Project Description/Research Strategy, and equivalent sections) for individual and multi-investigator proposals
    • New facultysupport for those new to applying for funding, or those applying to new funding agencies
    • Grant Checklists, Outlines, Tips and Templates for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students; development of customized templates and other tools to assist in proposal preparation
    • Proposal revision for resubmission (deconstructing and responding to reviewer comments).
  • Workshops and training for Tufts researchers on topics ranging from grantsmanship, writing, and developing effective proposals, to strategies for finding funding opportunities

Research Development Staff

Amy Gantt
Anna Ponzi Dalby
Barbara Eisenhaure

Amy Gantt
Director, Office of Research Development
(617) 636-2792
amy.gantt@tufts.edu

Anna Ponzi Dalby
Research Development Specialist
(617) 636-0415
anna.dalby@tufts.edu

Barbara Eisenhaure
Assistant Director
(617) 636-6651
barbara.eisenhaure@tufts.edu

Cheryl Kreinbring
Susan Lewis
 

Cheryl A. Kreinbring
Research Development Specialist
(617) 627-3016
cheryl.kreinbring@tufts.edu

Susan Lewis, PhD
Associate Director
(617) 636-2487
susan.lewis@tufts.edu