Research Navigators

An outcome of the Strategic Research Infrastructure Initiative, the UVA Research Navigators work directly with faculty and research support staff to identify relevant resources, connect with experts, and efficiently navigate UVA’s research-related processes. The Research Navigators also serve as communicators and liaisons between research offices and the university community, to enhance awareness and clarity around research-related topics.

The VPR office currently has two Research Navigators.

Sponsored Programs Research Navigator

Stephan Cooley is the Sponsored Programs Research Navigator. He can:

  • Provide guidance on research processes and requirements
  • Answer questions about sponsored awards
  • Offer training and help gain access to systems, including RUVA Huron
  • Give information on Conflict of Interest
  • And more…

You can contact Stephan by email at

Research Development Navigator

TBD is the Research Development Navigator (search is underway).  They can:

  • Demonstrate the use of tools to identify external funding opportunities
  • Connect faculty to research services and resources across Grounds relevant to their projects
  • Arrange consultations with the Research Development Specialists to discuss development of large, multidisciplinary, collaborative proposals
  • Coordinate the delivery of grant-related training to researcher groups
  • Assist with the creation of proposal sections that describe UVA’s areas of expertise and highlighting strategic research capacity, campus wide facilities, and resources
  • Coordinate discussion groups for researchers to explore approaches to funding opportunities for large, multidisciplinary, collaborative projects in UVA’s targeted priority research areas