Research Services supports and promotes the research activities of the School, large or small, funded or unfunded. Specific areas of support include:

  • Project planning and consulting: identification of funding, services, and other resources, providing assistance with human subject and intellectual property issues, as well as providing general planning support and assistance with promotion to potential partners, agencies, foundations, and corporations.
  • Grant proposal development: proposal design, identification and approval of cost sharing resources, and budget development.
  • Research administration: pre-award support for proposal submission processing and proposal budget approval, and post-award management of expenditure compliance, effort certification, financial reporting, and budget alterations.
  • Research policies: assistance with human subject certification and management of intellectual property agreements.
  • Research computing: pre-award technology planning, research programming support, software development tools and training, and web communication resources and general technology consulting.

For Help With


Strategy, Policy, Problems

Including plans for large projects, ideas for new research services, research agenda planning for junior faculty, and other problems or issues, including cost-sharing approval.

J. Stephen Downie
Associate Dean For Research
jdownie [at]

Project Planning and Proposal Development

Including general planning, research resources development, and assistance with university policies and procedures.

ischool-rsc [at]

Research Administration

Including pre-award budget development, post-award expenditures and effort certification, and cost share issues.

ischool-rsc [at]

Ryan Dubnicek
Visiting Research Services Specialist
rdubnic2 [at]

Want to talk to the ADR?
Research Services personnel report to the associate dean for research, J. Stephen Downie, who can be reached through rdubnic2 [at] (Ryan Dubnicek)

Planning a grant proposal?
If you are preparing a grant proposal please send an email to ischool-rsc [at] (Research Services) as early in the process as possible.

Looking for more information?
Please visit our Resources for Researchers page for an emerging collection of useful resources including assistance with finding funding, proposal development and grant writing, resources for getting started with computing for research projects, and locating campus-level research resources at Illinois.