Research Development Scientist

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The Research Development Scientist works within the Office of Research Development leading investigators to develop competitive scientific proposals that are attentive to sponsors’ needs and aligned with the Cleveland Clinic’s mission. This position will be responsible for mapping Cleveland Clinic’s research strengths to external funding opportunities, preparing complex grant proposals to federal and private foundation sponsors with a focus on Federal funding (NIH, NSF, DoD). Reporting directly to the Director of the Office of Research Development, this individual will collaborate with the researchers across the Cleveland Clinic health system defining and implementing grant development strategies appropriate for each application. The Research Development Scientist will also be responsible for leading a research development program (Early career program, K program, multi-project program, as examples) which will be determined based on areas of strength and expertise.


Proposal Development

  • Identifying promising funding opportunities, gathering strategic intelligence on the funder’s needs and history, and helping build teams to address the need (primary Federal – NIH, DoD,  NSF).
  • Supporting single and multi-project grant opportunities including comprehensive editorial review as well as writing support for a variety of clinical disciplines.
  • Advising investigators on proposal content, format and organization; assist with updates across the application as the science and research aims
  • Providing critical review for relevance, significance, fit, potential pitfalls and alternative strategies.
  • Performing editing of all scientific content to ensure readability and completeness.
  • Writing ancillary proposal sections, such as drafting letters of support, facilities and resources data management plans, mentoring plans,
  • Ensuring visually pleasing proposal layout of text and graphics and work with investigators and ORD biomedical illustrators to develop compelling schemes and summary graphics.

Project Coordination

  • Facilitate meetings of interdisciplinary research teams, establish and maintain collaboration tools, providing technical
  • Communicate with funding institutions (Program Officers, Program Directors), as
  • Collaborate with PIs in developing project timelines and in the management of the proposal, ensuring quality submissions.
  • Work with leadership and investigators across fields to develop and facilitate grant opportunities that align with the strategic research goals across the Cleveland Clinic Health

Program Development

  •  Lead and facilitate a research development program (for example, early career program, K program, multi- project program, team science program); programmatic area will be defined in coordination with the Director and based on the interest and skill set of the Research Development
  • Facilitate program specific education and training sessions, as
  • Coordinate programmatic efforts across the Cleveland Clinic Health System including investigators in Nevada, Florida and the Ohio
  • Collaborate with research support serves across the Cleveland Clinic Health system (Faculty Development, OSRP, Diversity and Inclusion Office )
  • Perform other related duties to the work described herein and in line with the office’s

Required Qualifications:

  •  Track record of developing winning proposals to the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, National Institutes of
  • Advanced scientific degree (PhD, DrPH or equivalent); clinical science experience will be given priority.
  • Experience with NIH grant application procedures, formats, guidelines and
  • Demonstrated abilities in the conceptualization, organization and development of complex scientific projects in collaborative team
  • Superior analytical skills, written and verbal
  • Experience investigating and monitoring new grant funding opportunities as they are developed or announced by funding agencies, such as NIH, NSF, DoD
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience working with relevant computer/software system and applications, including MS Windows/Mac OS, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), web browser applications and e-mail
  • The ability to balance multiple priorities is required.
  • Experience in collaborative project management, independently setting and reaching goals and gathering and organizing

About Us

Cleveland Clinic's vision is to become the best place for care and the best place to work in healthcare. We are committed to providing a safe, stable, and financially fulfilling work environment.  Even in these uncertain times, Cleveland Clinic is ambitiously investing in growth. Being a physician-led organization means doing what is best for the patients, every day.

Cleveland Clinic is one of the world's largest and busiest health centers.Patients come to Cleveland Clinic from all over the world. We offer advanced treatment for all illnesses and disorders of the body. We enjoy a strong reputation for outstanding quality care. U.S News & World Report Hospitals ranking of 2021-2022 has named us the No. 2 hospital in the nation once again and No.1 hospital for Ohio and metro areas for Cleveland, Akron and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Cleveland Clinic’s heart program has ranked No. 1 in the nation since 1995. 

We are ranked nationally in 13 specialties, including 11 in the Top 10 and eight in the Top 5.

Other specialties noted for national excellence include ENT and pediatrics. Cleveland Clinic Children's offers highly specialized pediatric care in a family-centered atmosphere. It has been ranked the best children's hospital in Ohio by Child magazine.

In addition, Cleveland Clinic has been recognized as the No. 2 hospital in the world by Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2021 list.

Cleveland Clinic main campus and Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital are ranked internationally while five other locations are listed among the best hospitals nationwide -

  • Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida-Weston
  • Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital
  • Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital

Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921 as a not-for-profit group practice, integrating clinical and hospital care with research and physician education. In addition to our Cleveland location, we have Cleveland Clinic Florida, Cleveland Clinic Nevada, Cleveland Clinic Canada, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic London. Take a tour of our main campus!

Cleveland Clinic has more than 4,200 salaried physicians and scientists on staff, representing approximately 120 specialties and subspecialties. Patients came to us from across America and from more than 180 nations. We also lead an extensive system of community hospitals in Northeast Ohio called the Cleveland Clinic Hospitals.

This system is made up of Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Akron General Hospital, Avon Hospital, Euclid Hospital, Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, Lodi Hospital, Lutheran Hospital, Marymount Hospital, Medina Hospital, Mercy Hospital, South Pointe Hospital, and Union Hospital. Ashtabula County Medical Center is also an affiliate of Cleveland Clinic. With approximately 5,895 staffed beds, Cleveland Clinic Hospitals offers broad geographic coverage, a full continuum of care, improved quality and lower cost of care to Northeast Ohio residents.

Cleveland Clinic was named a top hospital and health system by Diversity Inc. in 2020. Companies on this list score well in talent pipeline, talent development, leadership commitment, and supplier diversity.



Our Culture

Cleveland Clinic values a culture where caregivers integrate diversity and inclusion throughout the enterprise. We respect and appreciate our similarities and differences; they enable us to better serve our patients, one another, and our global communities.

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to be an equal employment/affirmative action employer: Women/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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About the Community

Cleveland is part of Northeast Ohio which is composed of six metropolitan areas. Each of them provides affordable real estate, excellent schools, safe communities as well as an abundance of outdoor activities. Find out here how great it is to live in Cleveland!

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