Our team of research development professionals have broad expertise in the best practices for proactive, strategic, and custom approaches to multi-PI, multi-organizational research funding initiatives. We report to the Vice Provost for Research and partner with research leadership and support staff across the university. We also work in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for National Laboratories, Science Strategy, Global Initiatives, and Innovation.
Karen E. Kim
Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Director of the Center for Asian Health Equity
As Vice Provost for Research, Dr. Kim works with faculty and deans to support and enhance research funding and manage large-scale research infrastructure such as University Research Administration (URA) and the University of Chicago Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (CASE), the Office of Research Safety, Research Computing Center, and Research Development Support. She is also providing interim leadership for diversity and inclusion, including the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture; the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; and other related diversity and inclusion programming. Read full bio.
Assistant: Aurora Parra
Rebecca manages the operations of the RDS office and works closely with Office for Research leadership to cultivate research collaborations across the university and with national lab partners. She has extensive experience in both research development and administration of complex research grants, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary scientific topics. She leads the proposal development functions within the office and provides comprehensive grantsmanship guidance toward creating competitive large-scale proposals.
Prior to UChicago, Rebecca worked at Northwestern University in research development roles for the Office for Research Development, the Micro and Nanomechanics Laboratory, and the International Institute for Nanotechnology. She has co-authored over 25 scientific publications, earned a PhD in chemistry and BS in chemistry, with minors in math, physics, and computer science. She began her career in academia as an NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University studying bioinorganic catalysis and spectroscopy.
Assistant Director of Operations
Beth assists in operations and project management for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Consortium for Advanced Science and Engineering (UChicago CASE). Beth oversees the intake of new members, member database management, communications and processes with affiliated lab liaisons, and onboarding for UChicago CASE including applications and renewals. Beth’s role in seed funding and federal funding support for RDS involves curating, posting, routing, and managing competitions for federal limited opportunities while maintaining the University platforms for federal funding. Beth has a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine University.
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Kate Von Holle
Senior Director for Federal Research
Spending the past eight years of my career in Washington DC, working with the sole aim to understand the workings of the executive and legislative branches has prepared me for the unique challenge of navigating the federal agencies on behalf of the University of Chicago. I spent my first year in Washington as a science fellow at the State Department, learning the intricacies of international science policy with regard to marine conservation issues. Moving on to work at a scientific non-profit like the American Geophysical Union prepared me to work with scientists, and helping them communicate with their Congressional delegations and informing of them of new developments in science policy and funding. Lastly, my previous position working for the UK government at the British Embassy in Washington DC allowed me to work with a broad swath of the science agencies, engaging them on many different levels, leading me to develop an in-depth understanding of how they operate. All of these experiences gave me unique insights which have informed my work at RDS.