Supporting Research Plans and Strategies

The Office of Research Development supports the development of research plans and strategies; offers training and coaching in communicating research; and serves as the interface for UVA Engineering corporate relations.


The office provides:

  • Research development resources (UVA login required)
  • Strategic advice on funding opportunities
  • Support for major proposal development
  • Early career faculty research strategy development
  • Workshops and coaching for communicating research to general audiences
  • Corporate relations

The Senior Director of Research Development collaborates with UVA Engineering leadership to provide strategic research guidance to faculty. In additional Dr. Barker serves as UVA Engineering's representative for ResearchNet in the UVA Office of the Vice President for Research, working closely with research development colleagues across UVA.

The Director of Research Messaging works with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students on explaining their research to general audiences such as the public, media, and policymakers. Ms. Hayslett leads workshops and training sessions within UVA Engineering as well as collaborating with colleagues across Grounds for interdisciplinary offerings.

The Director of Corporate Relations serves as the primary point of contact for research-related corporate interactions.   Mr. Ralston works closely with colleagues in UVA Engineering Career Services and UVA Engineering Advancement, as well as with corporate relations professionals across UVA.