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The College of Arts, Sciences & Education Research Development Office works with investigators and scholars to catalyze innovation and discovery by providing support for transdisciplinary collaborations, opportunity identification, team formation and proposal development. Our team is committed to the research initiatives and success of faculty and students and dedicated to helping increase CASE's research capacity and competitiveness.

Training & Events

We offer workshops for faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students to share knowledge and help cultivate skills that can lead to the development of competitive proposals. 

Upcoming Events

Training and event dates will be posted here.

In addition, be sure to take advantage of the ADVANCE Faculty Mentor Program and check the Office of Research and Economic Development events calendar regularly for seminar and training opportunities.


Our research development team is committed to helping CASE researchers. We specialize in proposal development, identification of relevant funding sources, training, and linking researchers to resources. Each of our team members has an area of focus, listed below.

Areas of Expertise

Rita Teutonico, PhD: As Associate Dean of Research, Dr. Teutonico leads the CASE RD office and directs all areas of expertise provided by the office. Dr. Teutonico has a Ph.D. in molecular biology and quantitative genetics and spent 10 years as Science Advisor at the National Science Foundation leading cross-Foundation initiatives, particularly those focused on sustainability science and the integration of the social and natural sciences.

Maria Pulido-Velosa: Assisting in the development of multi-investigator proposals led by Institute of Water and Environment (InWE) faculty and collaborative proposals involving InWE and other research institutes or centers.

Jessica Rodriguez: Assisting in the development of multi-investigator proposals across CASE centers and institutes, with a particular focus on pre-eminent programs and education initiatives.

Juan Lopez: Helping individual investigators develop their proposals, especially resubmissions, identifying funding sources, serving as the CASE contact for limited submissions, and assisting in development of budgets and budget justifications.

Proposal Development

Large and Collaborative Proposals

Our team focuses on providing assistance in the development stages of large, interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals. From team formation to management, planning and coordination throughout the proposal development process, we work with principal investigators and teams of researchers to support the creation of competitive proposals.

Individual Researchers and Smaller Proposals

Although our efforts are focused on assisting with the development of collaborative and large proposals, our team is available to help and guide individual researchers and provide them with resources.

Get Started

Ready to transform your big idea into a reality? Our CASE Proposal Development Contact Form has been designed with the needs of investigators in mind. Once you have completed and submitted a contact form, one of our CASE Research Development team members will be assigned to work with you directly in the development of your proposal.

In order for our team to best assist you, please be sure to contact us at least two months prior to the proposal submission deadline. Priority will be given to researchers who contact the CASE Research Development Office with information about solicitations/proposals of interest in a timely manner.

*All proposals to external sponsors for projects that will involve University faculty and/or staff must be sent to the FIU Office of Research and Economic Development at least 8 business days (if proposal contains subawards) or 5 business days (if proposal does not contain subawards) prior to sponsor submission deadline for review, approval and submission.

How We Can Help

These are examples of some of the aspects of proposal development that we can help with. Contact us and let us know how we can help you.

  • Help identify relevant funding opportunities
  • Develop proposal outlines and other resources to keep track of requirements and help your team follow realistic timelines.
  • Help with team formation and management, including the coordination of team meetings and assisting with the organization of notes, ideas and progress
  •  Facilitate proposal content development
  • Support the collection and organization of necessary documents and institutional data
  • Assemble and review useful resources to create insightful proposal content
  • Assist with composing, reviewing and editing different aspects of grant proposals
  • Help researchers revise and resubmit — responding to reviewers’ comments
  • Create drafts of budget narratives

Research Resources

Funding Opportunities

The FIU Office of Research & Economic Development lists various resources for finding funding sources:

Explore information about university incentives for researchers who are interested in applying for external research funding:

Limited Submissions

In limited submission programs, the sponsor limits the number of applications that an institution may submit, leading to internal competitions within the university and the college.

  • University Limited Submissions Competitions
    Our Team monitors the ORED website for posted internal competitions and sends announcements to college-wide faculty and researcher listservs when new opportunities are posted.
  • CASE Limited Submissions Competitions
    In some cases, more than one application for a program may be submitted per institution, but there are limits on the number of applications that can be submitted per college within the institution.
    Our team will monitor the FIU Office of Research and Economic Development’s website daily for opportunities that require a college-level limited submission competition. Upon announcement of a Limited Submission competition, faculty interested in submitting a proposal are required to complete an online Notice of Intent (NOI).

Contact Us

Research Development Team
College of Arts, Sciences & Education
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Academic Health Center 4, Suite 350

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