Ms. Jeanne Marie Viviani is the current Director for Research Development at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), responsible for promoting and managing the core research development function including workshops, trainings and finding funding for individual and institutional proposals.
Prior to joining FAU, Ms. Viviani was the founding Director of Research Services at Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland, Florida. While there, Ms. Viviani was charged with establishing and operating the office of sponsored programs including proposal development, financial accounting, compliance, as well as increasing and supporting research campus-wide, including attracting extramural support, internal and external collaborations and improving the research support infrastructures. Additionally, she was responsible for the integration of Workday as the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for Grants.
Prior to Florida Poly, Ms. Viviani also created and established the Office of Research Programs and Services at New College of Florida in Sarasota, Florida. As the Director, she was responsible for every aspect of research administration from proposal development, policy, external collaborations, and compliance. Additionally, she created and established the National Fellowship Office to support student applications to prestigious national and international fellowships. Her tasks included improving faculty-led research, improving research infrastructure, and supporting undergraduate student research.
Ms. Viviani is the Vice President / President-Elect of the Florida Research Development Alliance (www.FloRDA.org), which aims to improve state-wide collaborations and best practices related to research development.
In addition to her professional roles, Ms. Viviani is the co-founder of “Research Ingenuity”, a start-up company focused on providing hands-on strategies for research administrative offices to improve teamwork, collaboration, and communication.
Throughout her career, she has created and executed a variety of training and informational programs to exponentially increase grant applications and award volume at all the institutions she has served. She has been published in Sponsored Research Administration: A Guide to Effective Strategies and Recommended Practices through the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) as well as numerous journal articles in NCURA’s Magazine. She is a frequent presenter at conferences on a variety of topics related to research administration, development, and strategy.