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  • Research Development


    • 5171 California Ave, Suite 150
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-3951
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: briley@uci.edu
      Beth Riley, Ph.D.
      • Editorial Director
      • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Reseearch

      Beth Riley, Editorial Director in UCI’s Office of Research, is a research development professional with more than 20 years of experience in the field.  With a Ph.D. in English, she specializes in writing and editing documents for grant proposals in all disciplines.  She is available to provide the following services to UC Irvine faculty and staff:

      • Project management of grant proposals, including assistance with timelines and planning, drafting and/or editing of documents, and coordination with MSOs and UCI’s Sponsored Projects office
      • Drafting and/or editing of project summary and description, bio sketches, support letters, and other documents
      • Individualized training in the use of the Pivot funding database
      • Answering questions about current and historical research development at UCI, drawing on her institutional knowledge

       Please feel free to contact Beth at briley@uci.edu.


      5171 California Ave, Suite 150
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-3185

      Phone: (949) 824-3951
      Fax: (949) 824-3400
      E-mail: briley@uci.edu


    • 4102 Calit2
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-2800

      Phone: (949) 824-1977
      Fax: (949) 824-8197
      E-mail: rpdonova@uci.edu

      Curriculum Vitae
      Richard Donovan, Ph.D.
      • Assistant Director of Research Development
      • Henry Samueli School of Engineering
      • Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

      Dr. Donovan began his varied career as a Civil Engineer designing structures and providing construction management services in Santa Fe, NM. After earning a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (theoretical and applied mechanics) from the University of Wyoming he started his faculty career in the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Evansville (UE). At UE he developed a concurrent engineering program in partnership with the Whirlpool Corporation and managed the material science instructional labs. From Evansville, he moved back to his home state of Montana where he was on the faculty of the General Engineering Department at Montana Tech of the University of Montana. In addition to teaching a variety of courses in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, he was the founding director of the Rocky Mountain Agile Virtual Enterprises Technical Development Center, which was founded to serve as a catalyst for collaborations between the Montana University System and external organizations ranging from non-profit art centers to state agencies and private businesses. Dr. Donovan then returned to the mid west to serve as the Operations Manager, Senior Engineer and Scientist of the Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) at Michigan Technological University where he managed the development of a nearly $8 million portfolio of international sustainability research projects. Dr. Donovan joined UCI in 2013 to support the research programs of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.


      4102 Calit2
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-2800

      Phone: (949) 824-1977
      Fax: (949) 824-8197
      E-mail: rpdonova@uci.edu
      Curriculum Vitae


    • 5103 Natural Sciences II
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-1450

      Phone: (949) 824-6771
      E-mail: mgormley@uci.edu
      Melinda Gormley, Ph.D.
      • Research Development Officer
      • Ayala School of Biological Sciences

      Melinda Gormley received her Ph.D. in history of science and her research focuses on the history of life sciences in 20th-century America and the role of scientists in public policy. In recent years, her primary concentration has been on research integrity both responsible conduct of research (RCR) and social responsibilities for researchers, for which she has been awarded three NSF grants totaling more than $750,000. Prior to arriving at UCI, Dr. Gormley continued this work inside the U.S. government as a 2015-2016 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow placed with the Environmental Protection Agency's Scientific Integrity and Human Subjects Research programs. As Assistant Director for Research of the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Gormley helped faculty and students develop grant proposals and fellowship applications, managed and contributed to awarded federal grants, and led professional development workshops covering ethics, policy, career, and research topics that aimed at cultivating communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills. She had a 29% success rate overall for grants she helped develop and submit to federal agencies and a 40% success rate for those for which she was named either PI, co-PI or senior personnel while at the University of Notre Dame.


      5103 Natural Sciences II
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-1450

      Phone: (949) 824-6771
      E-mail: mgormley@uci.edu


    • 4131 Natural Sciences II
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-1450

      Phone: (949) 824-5562
      Fax: (949) 824-5665
      E-mail: legreene@uci.edu
      Lori E. Greene, Ph.D.
      • Assistant Director of Research Development
      • School of Physical Sciences

      Dr. Greene received her Ph.D. (2007) in materials chemistry from the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and a B.S. (2001) in chemistry and geology from the University of Washington. Her dissertation research focused on nanotechnology and solar energy conversion, and her first-author publication, Nanowire Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, is one of the most cited articles in Nature Materials, with over 3,000 citations. Prior to coming to UCI, Dr. Greene worked as a scientific technical monitor at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. She worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and scientists at NREL to fund university and industry research in photovoltaics and other renewable energy technologies. Dr. Greene has worked in research development at UCI since 2008 with her first position in The Center for Solar Energy. She has successfully assisted investigators in obtaining funding from NSF, DOE, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the W.M. Keck Foundation, among other funding agencies. Her work experiences, strong research background, and skills in project management and writing are highly valuable as she leads and develops major grant proposals for the School of Physical Sciences as Assistant Director of Research Development.


      4131 Natural Sciences II
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-1450

      Phone: (949) 824-5562
      Fax: (949) 824-5665
      E-mail: legreene@uci.edu


    • 2107 Gillespie Building, Room 1107
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-4265

      Phone: (949) 824-5739
      E-mail: tmassimi@uci.edu
      Tara Massimino
      • Director of Research Development
      • School of Medicine

      Since 2005 Tara has served in various research support positions for clinical and biomedical research. From 2005-2007, she served as a Research Associate for the Pediatric Practice Research Group (PPRG)at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago where she was responsible for planning, executing, and managing PPRG grant-funded research projects. In 2007, she was promoted to serve as Assistant Director of Grants and Contracts in the Office of Sponsored Programs, where her primary responsibilities included identifying funding opportunities, budget writing, proposal editing and review, contract negotiations, tracking and reporting proposal activity, and outreach and education. In 2013, she joined the Research Administration Services team at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM) as a Manager Research Administrator where she led teams who provided proposal development and award administration services to several FSM departments. Tara joined the Research Development team at UCI in 2015 to support the research programs of the School of Medicine. In her career, Tara has helped investigators successfully compete for grant funding from various federal and foundation sponsors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s degree from University of Chicago.


      2107 Gillespie Building, Room 1107
      University of California
      Irvine, CA 92697-4265

      Phone: (949) 824-5739
      E-mail: tmassimi@uci.edu


    • Humanities Gateway, 1st Floor
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3375

      Phone: (949) 824-1948
      Fax: (949) 824-2379
      E-mail: ajswain@uci.edu
      Amanda Jeanne Swain, Ph.D.
      • Associate Director, Humanities Commons
      • School of Humanities

      Amanda Jeanne Swain received a PhD in History, as well as a Master’s degree in International Studies, from the University of Washington. She works closely with faculty and graduate students in the School of Humanities to develop proposals for funding ranging from individual fellowships to major collaborative projects. She has written and helped develop successful proposals for research and program funding from federal agencies, academic associations, other universities, foundations and individual donors. She has over twelve years’ experience in program development and program management in the humanities, including university-community partnerships, grant-making, multi-disciplinary collaborations and exhibitions. Her own research focuses on the intersections of national, Soviet and youth identities in youth protests in the 1970s, as well as on tensions between national and European identities in Eastern Europe after the end of communism.


      Humanities Gateway, 1st Floor
      University of California, Irvine
      Irvine, CA 92697-3375

      Phone: (949) 824-1948
      Fax: (949) 824-2379
      E-mail: ajswain@uci.edu

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