The Office for Proposal Development (OPD) was established in October 2013 as an initiative under the UAH Strategic Plan to “broaden and expand the research portfolio.” The primary focus of the OPD is to provide new support options for UAH to increase expenditures from additional sources, and to increase UAH’s lead and/or participation in large, multi-year grants and contacts.
The OPD will help identify new research opportunities and partnerships; coordinate the proposal process for large, long-term and/or multi-institutional opportunities; and facilitate networking strategies to explore new possibilities for research. OPD will also help sponsor research activities to promote the capabilities of UAH while bringing sponsors and investigators together to initiate collaborative efforts. This office will help oversee the capture process, be an advocate for UAH and its faculty, identify strategic opportunities for pursuit, work with faculty and staff to provide proposal guidance and evaluation, and provide help in identifying networking opportunities. OPD will help develop evaluation, and provide help in identifying networking opportunities. This office will help develop partnership initiatives across colleges, departments, universities, industry and government agencies. OPD has a distinct role in the research process and works closely to coordinate with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).