Pradip Pramanik oversees the Proposal Development Unit (PDU) within NC State’s Research Development Office. As the Director of the PDU, Pradip’s primary role is to advance research development by increasing extramural funding at NC State. Pradip leads a team of dedicated professionals in the PDU to assist faculty with large, multi-disciplinary proposals. This includes strategic planning and facilitation of large faculty teams, identifying research funding of strategic importance, helping investigators identify collaborators to build interdisciplinary teams, marshal institutional resources, budget development, proposal writing, editing, and providing assistance with supplemental documents generally associated with large Center proposals. He works with the senior leadership, and leaders across NC State and other regional institutions to set strategy and drive strategic opportunities for extramural funding. Additionally, Pradip has been instrumental in developing new training initiatives and programs that support the research enterprise at NC State, including the establishment of the Proposal Development Network, fostering the growth of a Regional University Alliance, and initiating grant writing workshops, webinars, and other training activities that enhance the University’s proposal development capacity. Pradip has more than 33 years of project management and proposal development experience and has assisted with half a billion in successful grants at NC State and elsewhere. In 2008, he was the recipient of NC State’s University Awards for Excellence, the most prestigious honor bestowed upon non-faculty employees. At NC State, Pradip is an active member for the Research Operation Council (ROC), Research Support Committee, ROI Leadership Team, University Research Committees (URC), and International Operations Council and has been a routine panel reviewer associated with NC State’s limited submission and Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP) proposals. Prior to NC State, he worked at Texas A&M University where he played a key role in the growth of the Center for Housing and Urban Development from a staff of three employees to over 50 employees through grants from several federal and state agencies, foundations, and private funding. At Texas A&M, he also served on proposal review panels on behalf of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Education, Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), and Texas Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Jadavpur University (India) and a master’s degree in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University and was a recipient of the Student Award for Excellence during both his bachelor’s and master’s courses of study.