UK Proposal Development Office

About PDO/Directory

Suite 504, M.I. King Library 
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0039 
Office: 859-257-2861 or
Fax: 859-323-1464 

The mission of the Proposal Development Office is to assist University of Kentucky faculty, staff, and students to seek and secure external funding for their scholarly activities through the submission of competitive grant and contract applications.

VISION:  Through leadership in research administration and targeted research support, the Proposal Development Office will contribute to the advancement of the University of Kentucky’s national research standing.

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Proposal Development Office

The Proposal Development Office (PDO) is a support unit that focuses on the pre-award stage of extramural funding.   Staff members conduct funding searches for specific projects that researchers wish to pursue, assist in the preparation of competitive proposals by reviewing and critiquing proposal drafts, providing descriptive material on UK resources, and writing sections of proposals where appropriate.  PDO can also link researchers with others on campus with similar research interests for possible multidisciplinary projects.

PDO distributes information about extramural programs electronically through the Grant Deadlines, a monthly publication of funding opportunities; the Grants Bulletin, a newsletter focusing on research-related issues and funding;  and GrantWeek, a more detailed description of selected extramural programs.  The office encourages UK researchers to sign up on appropriate subject-related mailing lists to receive timely funding announcements in specific areas.

UK subscribes to the Community of Science/Scholars, an international database with several components including a funding opportunities database and a research expertise database.  PDO also offers data entry of UK faculty resumes into the research expertise database.

PDO presents seminars, workshops, and special events that provide information on specific agency or funding programs, enhance grant writing skills, or stimulate the development of new ideas and multidisciplinary opportunities. For many of these workshops, you can register on line.


Margot McCullers, Ph.D.

504G M.I. King Library

Kathy Grzech, M.A. 
Associate Director

504D M.I. King Library

Erik Davidshofer, M.A.
Professional Associate

504L M.I. King Library

Barbara Duncan, Ph.D.
Professional Associate

504E M.I. King Library

Shana Herron, M.A.
Professional Associate

504M M.I. King Library

Jennifer Hill
Administrative Support Associate

404 Kinkead Hall

Dee King
Administrative Support Associate

504P M.I. King Library

Mike Hart
Graduate Assistant

504J M.I. King Library