Research Acceleration Office

Welcome to the Research Acceleration Office (RAO), Colorado State University’s Research Development hub.

Whether you are a seasoned or early-career faculty member, an individual scholar, or part of a complex research team, we are excited to support you on your research trajectory!

RAO Purpose

To attract research funding, cultivate relationships, create opportunities, and activate strategies that strengthen CSU’s research enterprise.


RAO Mission

To provide Research Development services that empower individual researchers and scholars, research teams, and CSU’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

RAO Functions & Programs

  • Strategic Research Initiatives

  • Partnership Development & Management

  • Faculty Development & Capacity Building

  • Competitive Intelligence & Landscaping

  • Team/Transdisciplinary Science Program

  • Limited Submission & Internal Funding Programs

  • Complex & Strategic Proposal Development & Support Program

  • Mandatory OVPR Cost-Share Requests

Research Development Pipeline

The RAO provides long-term, focused, development support for large, complex proposals and strategic research initiatives, driving to significant ROI.