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Our Mission

The Office of Research Development (ORD) bridges divisions, departments, and colleges to advance the competitiveness of MUSC's research by designing and executing strategic, proactive, and catalytic activities aimed at securing extramural funding.

Our Focus

  • Facilitating Research Communication     

  • Providing Expert Consultation       

  • Creating Research Resources      

  • Enhancing Professional Development

Our Services

Proposal Development

  • Assist with development of large scale, multi-component proposals
  • Develop and maintain institutional data for proposals
  • Identify collaborative opportunities, promote collaboration
  • Coordinate limited submissions

Funding Opportunities

  • Build relationships with external funding agencies
  • Identify strategic funding opportunities
  • Publish weekly Funding Alerts
  • Provide individual funding consultations based on research interests

Research Education

  • Organize seminars, workshops and resources to support proposals
  • Publish Research News, highlighting MUSC news and events
  • Deliver access and instruction for individualized funding alerts
  • Interpret sponsor guidelines, requirements, and expectations


Our Team

Dr. Lynn Veatch

Lynn Veatch, Ph.D.

Director, SmartState Centers of Economic Excellence

Carla Stipe, MBA

Carla was appointed as the Director of the Office of Research Development in 2016. Previously, Carla served as Assistant Director for Research Development within the Hollings Cancer Center for several years and supported the center’s National Cancer Institute redesignation in 2014. She has a strong record of leadership, achievement, and innovation in managing the submission of large-scale, multi-investigator grants.

Wanda H. Pierce, CRA

As Associate Director of the Office of Research Development, Wanda Hutto Pierce supports the research enterprise at MUSC. She is responsible for catalyzing and fostering new funding strategies through foundations and non-NIH agencies; manages the limited submission grant proposal process; content manager and creator for the research newsletter and blog.

Kimberly Cannady, Ph.D.

Kimberly Cannady serves as the Assistant Director in the ORD where she supports faculty teams in the development of institutional training grant submissions and coordinates and manages professional development workshops and webinars. Before joining the ORD in 2017, Kimberly worked as the Community Health Educator for Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC where she established and facilitated statewide community partnerships and traveled across South Carolina to teach medically underserved communities about cancer treatment options and prevention. 

Kimberly holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Virginia and a BS in Chemistry from Fayetteville State University. She is a Scholar of the inaugural class of the David J. and Kathy Cole Building and Retaining Inclusive High-Potential Talent and Excellence Leadership Program.

Danielle Hutchison, MAOM

Danielle Hutchison joined the ORD team in 2018 as a Grants Development Strategist. She assists in the development of multi-component and training grant proposals. With a focus on evaluation and research communication, she develops graphic elements for new proposals and research leadership. Within ORD, Danielle provides core support, including managing the department's evaluation plan and website content. 

Alexis Nagel, Ph.D.

Alexis Nagel, Ph.D. is a biological chemist by training, and contributes her talents and insight from the research lab to the coordination of grant-related activities and consultation with faculty and staff. Dr. Nagel spent 6 years developing mass spectrometry-based methods for the discovery and characterization of new anticancer drugs and molecular targets relevant to diabetes-associated osteoporosis. Beyond the bench, her expertise includes teaching, project management, and scientific technical writing with a heavy emphasis on pre-award proposal preparation.