Brief Introduction

The Stanford Research Development Office (SRDO) assists medical school investigators coordinate and prepare grant applications for large multidisciplinary biomedical projects. It also helps early career scholars fund their first independent research projects.

This office is supported by the Dean’s office within the Stanford School of Medicine.

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Our Mission

The Stanford Research Development Office supports capacity building and success of the research enterprise of the School of Medicine. Our office works collaboratively with investigators to prepare high-quality and competitive grant proposals. Our current grant priorities are:

  • Large (>$1M direct costs per year), complex, multi-investigator grant applications such as program project or center grants, e.g., NIH P01, P50, and U54 grant applications.
  • Applications related to Dean’s and University initiatives
  • Junior faculty writing their first major research project grants, e.g., NIH R01 grants.


Our services are open to all faculty members in the School of Medicine. Examples of the services we provide include:

  • Identify funding opportunities and liaise with funding agencies
  • Create proposal submission timeline
  • Suggest additional team members to fill gaps in expertise
  • Project management for large, complex multi-investigator grants
  • Proposal development and advice on grantsmanship
  • Provide templates and examples of administrative sections (e.g., facilities, human subjects research, etc.)
  • Collect letters of support, biosketches, etc.
  • Coordinate with RMG, OSR, Dean’s Office, etc
  • Suggest additional team members to fill gaps in expertise
  • Edit, revise, and format text and figures; meet page limits
  • Analyze proposal critiques


If you are interested in working with the SRDO, please contact SRDO Director Mike Helms or 650-723-4526.