Research Development Coordinator

Research Development Coordinator

research support
Fostering Research Development

ADVANCE Project CREST is committed to providing wrap-around support for the women- and minority-identified faculty researchers in STEM and the social and behavioral sciences at UCCS. As part of this commitment, a Research Development Coordinator, Kelly McNear was hired in December 2021 to provide ongoing support for our campus researchers in the form of grant writing coaching, developing well-resourced budgets, responding to reviewers, and managing the grant submission process. Dr. McNear is also available to offer guidance in journal submissions and connecting faculty with the newly developed Research Network. 

The Research Development Coordinator is funded with 50% grant funds, and 50% university funds which means this position is available to support all faculty regardless of discipline or identity. For more information on the support you can receive, see the list of resources below or contact Dr. McNear at

Research Development

  • Learn how to develop successful, well-budgeted grant proposals with the help of the Research Development Coordinator and your peers the the Grant Writing Bootcamp. This intensive multi-week camp will help ensure you walk away with a thoughtfully planned and complete grant proposal.

  • Connect with other women- and minority-identified faculty as you support one-another in your research activities! Research-focused programing includes monthly lunches, special topic discussions, writing circles, and third-party reviews of proposal or journal submissions.

  • Would you like support on other research activities besides grant-finding or grant writing? The Research Development Coordinator can help with that, too! Get help with your journal submission, revise and resubmits, graphical abstracts, or presentation submissions.

  • Would you like a one-on-one consultation with the Research Development Coordinator? Have specific questions concerning your proposal or publication submission? Want help brainstorming funding opportunities or publication outlets? Set up a meeting with Dr. Kelly McNear by filling out the form on the link below! Please note: Dr. McNear will be on family leave from the end of April until the end of August.

  • Adapted from the NSF ADVANCE Project TRACS at Montana State University, an R1 institution, the Office of Research and Project CREST have put together a facilitator's guide for running this successful bootcamp at R2 institutions. In this you'll find links, examples, and templates for creating your own grant writing bootcamp geared towards R2 faculty!