About RDC

What is the RDC?

Our Vision

A diverse group of research development professionals who strategize, learn, and collaborate to strengthen the Illinois research enterprise.

Any member of the UIUC research enterprise that identifies their role on campus with supporting the research enterprise is welcome to join, attend events, and participate.

Our Mission

To support the research enterprise through collaboration, strategic thinking, learning, and information-sharing to elevate research at Illinois.

RDC Structure

The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation offers oversight, a budget, coordination, and administrative support.

The RDC’s Executive Committee provides shared leadership, strategic planning, and goal-setting.

Subcommittees provide implementation and ongoing assessment, led by co-chairs from the executive committee and the broader RDC.

What Is Research Development?

Research Development* at Illinois includes a range of activities: identifying and disseminating funding opportunities; developing grant/contract proposals; building research teams; interacting with funding agencies and institutional research administration and leadership; interacting with institutional federal and philanthropic relations; and communications and outreach activities and training.