What We Do
The Research Development Support (RDS) team works on unique projects across all fields of research at the University of Chicago that are too complex for a single faculty member, department, or division. We also run the Big Ideas Generator (BIG)—a platform to systematically identify, fund, and support the long-term growth of early-stage, breakthrough ideas in basic research.
We offer customized advisory services to UChicago faculty or faculty led-groups designed to turn your ideas into action. Whether it’s launching a new initiative, responding to research setbacks, communicating your vision to university leaders, or understanding the current landscape and identifying your unique contribution, we are your partners during pivotal moments.
Our deep network of connections can help you open doors, build strong teams, and establish creative partnerships both within the university and beyond.
We can help you secure support along the continuum of your project: from nascent idea to multimillion-dollar research program. Our team will work with you to create and implement customized funding strategies for foundations, federal agencies, and industry.