Research Development

Contact Us
Contact Jill Slack-Davis, PhD, for more information or to ask for services.
Phone Number
Call 434.243.8579

Research Development at the Cancer Center promotes basic, clinical, and population research excellence by supporting transdisciplinary research through two primary activities:

Facilitating Collaboration and Team Science

  • Coordinate and support cancer-focused Translational Research Teams (lung, GI, breast, melanoma)
  • Catalyze new cross-disciplinary research initiatives
  • Lead large, interdisciplinary proposal teams
  • Maintain database of faculty expertise
  • Network with other research development professionals at UVA to identify resources and facilitate cross-Grounds collaborations

Proposal Development

  • Identify and disseminate grant opportunities
  • Work with investigators to improve grant writing skills and grantsmanship
  • Maintain templates for proposal components
  • Provide strategic advice to create competitive proposals
  • Edit proposal drafts
  • Manage internal peer review

The Research Development team also manages the Translational Pipeline and works with Cancer Center leadership to advance projects to investigator-initiated clinical trials.