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Research Development Services (RDS)

Research Development Services (RDS) facilitates effective collaborations between researchers and funders so their brilliance can blossom into meaningful discoveries, critical innovation, and real-life impact. 


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Research Development Services at UArizona is the nation’s most robust of its kind. The RDS team of approximately two dozen professionals brings expertise from multiple disciplines in academia, industry, and government. Most RDS staff members have advanced degrees.


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Our goal is to help the UArizona community grow research collaborations that address grand challenges and contribute to the flourishing of all life. To accomplish this, UArizona aims to reach $1 billion annually in research expenditures. The university achieved $954 million in FY2023, which places it among the top 4% of public universities in the nation


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RDS walks alongside researchers from early career to senior experts as they strategize, find, and win funding—from small, limited projects to multi-year, multi-institution interdisciplinary endeavors. With RDS, careers prosper. RDS also has experts dedicated to helping connect community partners, national security entities, and corporations with UArizona researchers, equipment, and workforce.

Entities related to national security, visit our National Security Program

Corporations seeking research collaborations, visit our Corporate Engagement site

Faculty members seeking funding, awards or collaborations, explore below how we can assist you: 

The University of Arizona provides a variety of tools and resources to assist faculty, students and staff to identify funding opportunities for research, creative, and scholarly activities. Learn more

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With connections across campus and externally, Research Development Services (RDS) will help you find the collaborators you need to develop winning proposals.

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Research Development Services (RDS) partners with UA faculty, their departmental/unit business office, and Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services (SP&CS) on the stages of the proposal lifecycle: from Opportunity Identification and Assessment to Revision and Resubmission.

Explore this content for agency-specific best practices, tools, and templates.

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Limited Submissions are funding opportunities in which the sponsor only allows a specific and limited number of proposals from a given institution. Extra submissions can result in rejection of all submitted by that institution. Research Development Services (RDS) is the designated facilitator of UArizona limited submissions to federal and foundation opportunities. Learn more

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