Mission Statement

The Office of Research Development’s mission is to promote a statewide culture of research excellence.

Director's Welcome

Portrain of Jason Charland

The Office of Research Development is the unit within the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School (OVPRDGS) that provides proposal development support for large grant applications; high profile programs with UMS and statewide impact; signature areas of excellence; proposal resubmission consultation; and early career faculty grant writing support. Services to faculty and researchers include grant writing assistance, review and critique of proposal narratives, funding opportunity searches and alerts, and project management and facilitation of inter-institution proposal writing teams.  Our team also conducts a variety of grant writing workshops and grant writing groups that target specific agencies and funding opportunities. ORD works in close collaboration with the Office of Research Administration (ORA), the Office of Research Compliance, Maine EPSCoR, and the Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED).

ORD aims to enhance grant-seeking activities and facilitate internal and external collaborations to promote a culture of research excellence and extramural funding success.  We are a resource to faculty and researchers at UMaine and across the UMS who wish to increase their success in grant writing.  ORD also oversees the management and administration of internal grant program and assists researchers with making connections to internal and external collaborators.

I encourage you to reach out to our office or make an appointment to visit us in Stodder Hall (The Graduate School Building) to learn more about the services that we offer to the research community. We look forward to working with you to foster your proposal writing success.


Jason C. Charland