The Texas A&M University System Research Development Office

“Bringing research development support for The Texas A&M University System members to support the research enterprise across the System.”

  • Vision: Enhance the TAMUS research enterprise with reliable and impactful research development support
  • Mission: Develop and implement proactive and responsive strategies for scalable research and proposal development

Research Development Services

Strategic Proposal Development: Specialized assistance for creating large, strategic proposals involving multiple System members.

Resourceful Templates and Support: Design and provision of templates and support materials tailored for standard funding opportunities, catering to the needs of all System members.

Team Identification and Coordination: Facilitation in identifying and assembling teams that capitalize on the diverse expertise across multiple System members.

White Papers and Technical Reports: Collaborative support in crafting white papers and technical reports for high-priority research areas, ensuring precision and impact.

Engaging Focus Groups and Workshops: Organization of insightful focus groups and workshops, strategically designed to enhance research activity and collaboration throughout the System.

Tailored Proposal Development Consulting: Personalized consulting sessions dedicated to guiding and refining proposal development. Schedule an appointment to ensure your proposal reaches its full potential.

Research Development Newsletter

TAMUS Research Development proudly presents its monthly newsletter—a comprehensive digest spotlighting the latest developments within the Texas A&M University System. Dive into the strategic landscape of research opportunities, stay attuned to upcoming events, and gain valuable insights into our collaborations with federal sponsors. This curated resource is your gateway to a wealth of information strategically tailored to keep you abreast of the pulse of innovation and progress within our academic ecosystem.

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Research Development Team

Sharmila Pathikonda, Ph.D.
Research Development Director

Dr. Sharmila Pathikonda currently holds the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Research Development at the Office of Research in The Texas A&M University System, overseeing a network of 11 universities and 8 state agencies. In this pivotal role, she spearheads large strategic initiatives, fosters collaborative research endeavors, and enhances the overall research enterprise across the system.

In her current role, Dr. Pathikonda’s expertise in STEM fields proves invaluable, providing specialist scientific support for federal grant proposals spanning diverse areas such as cancer biology, climate science, energy innovation, and nuclear engineering. Her passion for science, coupled with robust quantitative training has propelled her success in research development.

Dr. Sharmila Pathikonda holds a diverse and comprehensive educational background. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Botany, Microbiology, and Chemistry, as well as her Master of Science degree in Biochemistry, both from Bangalore University in India. Her academic journey continued with a Ph.D. in Environmental Biology from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, where her research focused on understanding the ecological and physiological responses of freshwater marsh plants to salinity stress.

Following the completion of her doctoral studies, Dr. Pathikonda pursued postdoctoral research, delving into Hierarchical Bayesian statistical modeling of plant functional traits. This interdisciplinary work took her to the University of Wyoming and later to Arizona State University, where she expanded her expertise in mathematical modeling and its application to understanding the impacts of climate change on tree species distributions.

With over 13 years of experience in research, education, and administration, Dr. Pathikonda takes pride in her role as a champion for early-stage researchers. In her capacity as the Director of Research Development, Dr. Pathikonda is responsible for guiding the development of core ideas and concepts forming the strategic foundations of major engineering and scientific research proposals. This includes facilitating multi-institutional research and educational partnerships, curriculum initiatives, and support structures. Additionally, she plays a key role in developing and working on proposals seeking grant funding from federal and state research agencies, private foundations, or industry. Dr. Pathikonda is also actively engaged in serving on proposal review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr. Pathikonda envisions enhancing the research enterprise within the Texas A&M University System, which boasts a research expenditure exceeding $1.2 billion. Her goal is to provide high-quality support to researchers, contribute to strategic research development efforts, and elevate the overall research portfolio. Dr. Pathikonda aspires to create a conducive environment for researchers, ensuring a positive trajectory in research expenditure, and advancing the System’s ambitious vision for research and education.

Jerry Shelton

Jerry Shelton
Senior Research Development Officer / Graphics

Jerry Shelton received a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Lubbock Christian University. Jerry garnered invaluable experience at various Advertising Agencies, where he specialized in graphic design. He served his alma mater, Lubbock Christian University, in two distinct roles: Director of Admissions and Director of Marketing. Other experience includes serving United Supermarkets as a graphic designer prior to being promoted to Director of Marketing.

Jerry began his association with Texas A&M in 2020 as a freelance graphic designer for TEES, swiftly transitioning to a full-time role in 2021. Since 2022, He has been part of The Texas A&M University System, contributing his skills and experience to the Research Development Office.

Jason Foley
Research Development Officer

In my conviction, scientific research stands as the pinnacle of human endeavors- unraveling the intricacies of the natural world, propelling technological advancement, and elevating the overall quality of life. I find immense pleasure in contributing to this noble pursuit as I work alongside exceptional researchers within The Texas A&M University System, assisting in the transformation of their visionary ideas into awards.

Sindhu Jose
Research Development Officer

Sindhu Jose joined Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Engineering (TEES) Research Development Services in February 2019. Her responsibilities include reviewing research proposals to federal agencies based on agency mission and review criteria. She edits the proposal narratives for accuracy, consistency, and coherence, outlining and interpreting the funding opportunity announcements, developing resources for the principal investigators, and facilitating the organization’s research development initiatives.  

Jose has substantial knowledge and expertise in the proposal preparation guidelines and policy requirements of the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Department of Defense, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in English from The English and Foreign Languages University – Hyderabad, India. Jose also holds the Poynter-ACES Certificate in Editing. As a strong language professional skilled in research, research development, and proposal development, she is excited to work with TEES researchers.

Trevor Moran
Research Development Officer

Trevor Moran has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Mays School of Business and a master’s degree in health administration from the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. Moran has private industry experience in software consulting and medical practice management and has been on staff with Texas A&M for over 10 years. Prior to joining the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station as a research development officer, he worked to enhance research at the School of Public Health, meeting regularly with faculty to discuss their research interests. He also matched funding opportunities to faculty, helped develop proposals, budgets and reports, and liaised with sponsored research services in project administration.

Hui Wang
Research Development Officer

Before joining the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Hui Wang was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University. He received his doctoral degree in industrial engineering from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree in mechatronic engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China. Before his doctoral study, he worked as a mechanical engineer for over five years at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Research Development Communities of Practice

TAMUS Research Development Communities of Practice is a collaborative group for individuals within the system who share common interests in research development. The primary focus is on facilitating knowledge sharing, collaboration, and professional development among members. Through the exchange of expertise, best practices, and insights, the community enhances the collective research capabilities of system members. It fosters a sense of community and organizes events for networking and learning. Additionally, it serves as a communication hub, keeping members informed.

The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at noon CST. 

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