Research Concierge Service heightens focus on extramural funding

To help researchers maintain a competitive edge in today’s dynamic funding environment, the Office of the Vice Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, has established the Research Concierge Service (RCS) at Penn State College of Medicine. The RCS enhances the research development infrastructure at the College of Medicine by working with investigators to identify strategic funding opportunities, to build and nurture trans-disciplinary research teams, to provide editing and writing support and to guide the development of multi-investigator proposals.

The RCS’ overriding goal is to improve the quality and increase the number of extramural funding submissions. Leadership for the RCS is provided by Sarah Bronson, director of Interdisciplinary Research. Bronson has been an active researcher and administrator at the College of Medicine for nearly 20 years. Bronson is joined by Jennifer Schaefer, a former public funding consultant and project manager who will serve as administrator for the RCS. The RCS works with investigators at all career stages and in all disciplines.  In the coming months, the RCS website will be expanded to provide investigators a variety of self-help tools, including career development resources and a library of institutional descriptions to ease the burden of proposal development.

The RCS welcomes the opportunity to engage faculty investigators and support staff. Anyone interested in scheduling a RCS presentation to introduce the team and services should contact Sarah Bronson at

Read more about the RCS at

Last Updated June 18, 2014