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Meet the Research Development Services Team!

Under the leadership and direction of Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Radenka Maric and Associate Vice President for Research Michelle Williams, the Research Development Services team is excited to put their talents and experience to work partnering with UConn/UConn Health investigators to increase faculty grantseeking success.


Bethany Javidi, MA – Large/Complex Proposal Development Specialist

Bethany Javidi has worked in proposal development at UConn since fall of 2013, primarily in the School of Engineering (SoE), where she supported numerous large-scale research and education proposals to a range of agencies, including NSF, NIH, the US Departments of Education, Energy, Defense, and Transportation, and others. She also cultivated junior faculty grantsmanship skills through NSF CAREER proposal development workshops and mentoring, which led to 20 NSF CAREER awards to SoE faculty since 2016.

Matthew Mroz, PhD – Internal Funding Coordinator

Matt is responsible for the management of the OVPR’s portfolio of internal seed and commercialization funding opportunities, the selection processes for Limited Submission grant and award opportunities, Grantwriting Training, and the scheduling/coordination of proposal development support services provided by our partners at Hanover Research.  Matt earned his doctorate in English from UConn in 2015 (research interests: English Renaissance Literature and Rhetoric), and he has teaching and administrative experience in early modern literature and rhetoric and composition.

Caitlin O’Connell, PhD – Research Development Specialist

Caitlin provides proposal development support to faculty, including consultation, editing, and document management. Prior to joining the OVPR, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Allied Health Sciences. She completed a PhD in Pathobiology at UConn, where her research focused on vaccine safety. She began her career with a B.S. in Biology from Stonehill College.