Overview

The R.O.A.D. to D.C. initiative was created by the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) to provide faculty the platform to build and cultivate relationships with program managers from agencies such as National Institute of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and other D.C. area agencies in an effort to enhance research funding. 

ORI offers three programs within the R.O.A.D. to DC initiative.  These programs include in-depth grant writing workshops, opportunities to meet with mentors, and funding for travel to conduct in-person meetings when needed.  All faculty participating in the programs will receive an invitation to attend the annual R.O.A.D. to D.C. social gathering on the UT Dallas campus. This event will be held in May and will provide faculty the opportunity to share their experiences and collaborate with colleagues and mentors. See below for more information on each program and apply for the one that best fits your needs.

Path to Success Program

The Path to Success Program is a multi-faceted approach including participation in the upcoming Hanover Grant Academy.  This in-depth workshop experience, running February through September, provides an opportunity to gain deeper grantsmanship skills, as well as knowledge of the funding landscape while laying the foundation toward submitting competitive proposals. Candidates must have a formed research idea and identified potential funding opportunities. In addition to the Hanover Grant Academy, faculty will be paired with UT Dallas mentors who will share their insights into the proposal process and offer tips on how best to engage with program managers from funding agencies.  Faculty should expect to meet with their mentors two to three times for approximately 30 minutes each.  The objectives for this program are to secure and attend two or more virtual or in-person appointments with program managers and culminate in a Hanover reviewed proposal submitted to an external sponsor.  The Path to Success Program also offers applicants the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for in person program manager meetings, if needed. 

Submission Deadline: December 6, 2021

Mentor Mapping Program

The Mentor Mapping Program includes pairing faculty with UT Dallas mentors for two to three meetings, approximately 30 minutes each.  In these meetings, mentors will share their knowledge of the proposal process and tips on how best to engage with program managers from funding agencies.  The objective for this program is to secure and attend two or more virtual or in-person appointments with program managers.  Faculty will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for in person program manager meetings, if needed.

Applications accepted continuously

Take Flight Program

The Take Flight Program is intended for those faculty who have previously participated in the R.O.A.D. to D.C. program and have now secured two or more in-person meetings with program managers.  This program will cover travel expenses for their trip to Washington, D.C. Funds are limited to one trip per faculty per year.

Applications accepted continuously.

Contact Us

For further information please contact Emily Lacy or Suzanne Head.