Office of Pediatric Research Development

We assist Department faculty and learners (instructors, postdocs, clinical fellows, etc.) in securing extramural funding for cutting-edge research. We support all types of proposals from fellowships, career development awards, individual research grants, and large center or training grants. 

Workshops and Events

Our Mission

Lead Research Growth

We support the entire lifecycle of a proposal, including finding funding and critically evaluating drafts of proposals. 

Train Future Scientists

We design, implement, and oversee research building activities to train the next generation of scientists.

Catalyze Research Teams

We catalyze team to ensure a vibrant and cutting-edge research community. 

Innovate & Refine Processes

We innovate and refine operational systems and processes to reduce administrative burden for researchers. 

Services Offered (To All Pediatrics Affiliates)

  • Finding funding opportunities
  • Editing and critically evaluating proposals 
  • Providing grantsmanship advice on text and figures
  • Interpreting sponsor requirements and providing strategic advice
  • Developing strategic plans and monitoring progress of proposal submissions
  • Catalyzing teams and building partnerships 
  • Fostering innovation using competitive intelligence tools
  • Providing educational resources, workshops, and one-on-one consultations

Meet The Team

Crystal Botham, PhD

Director of Research Development

Crystal’s passion for research development was ignited while writing a pre-doc AHA fellowship, which was funded. As a postdoc, she was a Tashia and John Morgridge Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow and also received a NIH F32. In 2019, she joined the Department of Pediatrics as its inaugural director of research development. Crystal is also the founder and director of the Stanford Biosciences Grant Writing Academy

Justin Crest, PhD

Research Development Strategist and Grant Writer

Justin is an experienced research scientist who has a passion for collaborative team science. He has received support from NIH, W.M. Keck, and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for his multi-disciplinary projects. At Stanford, he facilitates faculty and trainees to strategically position their grants and research goals in order to maximize funding success, while also encouraging new collaborative research within Pediatrics and campus-wide.

Orit Rappaport, PhD

Research Development Strategist and Grant Writer

Orit has extensive experience in research and academic funding for top-tier universities and a track record of achieving funding targets for large-scale research projects spanning numerous sciences. At Stanford, Orit uses a people-focused approach to guide researchers through the entire proposal process, including developing strategic plans and editing and evaluating drafts. In addition, she is committed to continuously improving application content and research capacity by providing comprehensive training to faculty and administrators.