Research Development Core

RDC provides any investigator at the University of Michigan with personalized support and advice for your grant proposals or research ideas. By offering free in-person consultations and grant editing assistance, RDC's goal is to help you improve your research and funding success.


We can help with:

Study Design

  • Clarify your research question and specific aims
  • Identify appropriate methodologies
  • Address reviewer comments


  • Select analyses methods appropriate to the research aims
  • Calculate your sample size and/or power
  • Evaluate the validity of your study and common pitfalls

Funding & Connections

  • Match your research ideas with funding sources
  • Connect you with potential collaborators, mentors, or resources
  • Navigate the university research terrain

Clinical Trial Protocols

  • Determine relevant clinical trial design and assess feasibility
  • Help develop a protocol that is scientifically and statistically sound
Scheduling a Consultation
Our one-hour consultation meeting is customized to the investigator's needs and includes MICHR faculty and experts. We recommend that investigators contact RDC at least two months before a grant deadline. To request a consultation, please click:
Preparing for your Consultation

You will need to submit any new or updated materials at least one week before your scheduled meeting, allowing time for the consultation team to review materials prior to your consult. Come to the meeting ready to share a five-minute synopsis of your research project. It is not necessary to prepare a formal presentation.

If you have any questions regarding your consultation request, please contact Beth LaPensee.


Grant Editing

RDC provides grant editorial assistance to any investigator at the University of Michigan.  Grants should be in their final version for editing. In return, you will receive an edited word document with tracked changes and comments. The editor will carefully review your grant to identify red flags in the content; ensure logic, flow and clarity of ideas; eliminate jargon; improve sentence structure and grammar; and comment on unclear text.

Scheduling Editing Services

We encourage investigators to schedule editing services well in advance, as this service is in high demand and we schedule on a first-come, first-served basis. The editor requires 7 - 10 business days for editing turnaround. To request editing services click:

If you have any questions regarding your editing service request, please contact Beth LaPensee.

RDC Team


Dan Clauw - Faculty Director of RDC

Dave Williams - Faculty Director of RDC

Kelley Kidwell - Biostatistician

Alex Tsodikov - Biostatistician

Nick Lukacs - Professor of Pathology

Tamara Havermahl - Administrative Program Director

Beth LaPensee - Project Manager       

Allaina Caudle - Administrative Assistant


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