Research Development Team
The Research Development Team (RDT), located in the National Capital Region, works with faculty and administration, both in Blacksburg and in the National Capital Region, to identify and secure large research grants and contracts. The team's responsibilities are to:
- identify large bid and proposal opportunities for Virginia Tech research as early in the cycle as possible;
- conduct workshops and meetings with key agencies and companies, pursue important networking opportunities, and establish Virginia Tech as a key contributor to national research priorities;
- develop agency strategies that enable Virginia Tech faculty to understand agency needs and objectives and influence agencies as they develop programs;
- position appropriate Virginia Tech principal investigators to participate in grant and contract activity, and provide support services for execution of contracts;
- create and support proposal teams including principal investigators, project managers, and partners, where appropriate;
- support contract negotiations and monitor performance and compliance;
- work with legislative support staff at Virginia Tech when congressional support is important; and
- work with appropriate staff in the office of the Vice-President of Research to ensure a seamless process of coordination between the Blacksburg campus and the National Capital Region.
The RDT is organized around several research area leaders. Each leader is responsible for a particular area and/or agencies. An analyst is also part of the team and is assigned to monitor federal budgets, to secure intelligence on emerging but unannounced funding opportunities, and to help establish areas where Virginia Tech faculty can provide thought-leadership in selected domains.