The Fred Hutch/University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Cancer Consortium’s Research Development Office (RDO) provides grant-focused support to Consortium members for the purpose of advancing cancer-related research. The scope of the RDO’s assistance spans the entire grant application process, from opportunity scouting to submission. Our goal is to enable investigators to achieve their potential by helping them to strategically expand their capacity and overcome the barriers often associated with interdisciplinary, large-scale, and/or inter-institutional work.

Led by Dr. Kris Blair, the Cancer Consortium’s RDO specializes in large, collaborative grant submissions, including (but not limited to) SPOREs, T32s, U01s, and P01s. We work one-on-one with faculty to assess their grant-related needs, connect them and their teams with useful resources, and develop a tailored approach to the grant submission process.

 Our Offerings and Support Include:

  • Project management
  • Proposal development
  • Coordination and consultation with research administration and scientific leaders
  • Scientific writing and editorial services; producing graphics and figures
  • Maintaining a boilerplate and repository of curated grantsmanship aids
  • Drafting letters of support
  • Enhancing collaboration and team science
  • Grantsmanship services (critical high-level review; formatting)

Research Development support is available to all Cancer Consortium members; however, priority is given to faculty and teams working to submit multi-project collaborative grants

In addition to providing specialized support to Consortium members, the RDO also curates and maintains a library of boilerplate grant language that is available to faculty at all Consortium institutions upon request.


See below for some of the current resources and offerings available through the RDO:

  • NIH Diversity Supplement Matching Program
    In an effort to bolster recruitment and improve retention of underrepresented minorities at Fred Hutch Cancer Center, the Research Development Office is launching a matching program to connect trainees and researchers interested in collaborating on an NIH Diversity Supplement application.

Through the matching program, eligible trainees will be connected with faculty mentors whose research interests align with theirs, with the ultimate goal of working together to submit an application for funding.

For more information on NIH Diversity Supplements, including eligibility criteria, click here. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in being matched with another investigator, please review the list of eligible parent grants and fill out this form.

About the Team

Kris Blair
Research Development Specialist

Originally from the Midwest, I attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where I earned a BS in Microbiology, participated in the Marching Hundred, and played a lot of basketball. It was here that I had my first experience with academic research and my passion for bacterial genetics and microbiology was born.

I went on to work professionally as a Lab Manager and Researcher in the IU Department of Microbiology for seven years before coming to Seattle for graduate school at the University of Washington. In 2011, I joined the Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD program and Nina Salama’s lab investigating molecular mechanisms that underlie bacterial cell-shape determination in Helicobacter pylori. After a short postdoc in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, I’ve returned to Seattle and the Fred Hutch/UW/Seattle Children’s Cancer Consortium where I am now leading the Cancer Consortium Research Development Office.

Contact Us


Contact Kris Blair with questions, or to learn more about how RDO can support your work.

Schedule A Consultation

To schedule a consultation, please send questions or inquiries to Research Development.