Rick Nader, former program manager for the National Science Foundation, is the University of North Texas' new director of research development.
Nader's hire is part of the university's ongoing commitment to increase and emphasize research and heighten UNT's national and international visibility. This follows the earlier announcement earlier that Harold Strong, the leader of Texas A&M's research park, is UNT's new director of Discovery Park and technology transfer. Discovery Park, which houses the College of Engineering, is UNT's nearly 290-acre research park.
Nader's duties will include developing university-wide initiatives to advance faculty research, creativity and innovations through proposal development in education, humanities, social services and arts. He will work with faculty and research administrators in competitive development of funding and will assist in writing, reviewing and editing proposals for government agencies, foundations and nonprofit organizations.
Nader also will develop and present grant writing workshops and seminars for faculty.
"I want to contribute to advancing UNT's research portfolio," Nader says. "This is a good opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a research development effort that is on the move."
Nader spent the past three years at the National Science Foundation's Office of International Science and Engineering, where he oversaw a $16 million portfolio across a broad spectrum of NSF-funded projects in China. Nader has served on review panels and has obtained funding from both the U.S. and foreign government agencies and private foundations.
Previously, Nader founded the Center for Community Support at Texas A&M University, a state-funded initiative that helps community-based organizations, schools, hospitals and local nonprofits obtain federal funding.
Also at A&M, Nader served five years as director of the Institute for Pacific Asia, where he worked with faculty from across the university's 10 colleges to secure extramural funding to grow A&M's research and exchanges in Asia.
"I am very excited to have Rick Nader as part of the research development team," says Vish Prasad, UNT vice president of research. "He has the right kind of experience, having worked in Washington, D.C., with NSF as a program director and at Texas A&M interacting with students, faculty and the research community."
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