Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D.

Gretta Tritch Roman, Ph.D.

  • Director of Research Development and Initiatives
213 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Provide strategic leadership and consultation for the development and sustainability of interdisciplinary teams
  • Provide proposal development and project management services to investigators preparing complex research proposals for submission to external sponsors
  • Support faculty and early stage investigators in improving their grantsmanship skills and developing interdisciplinary projects
  • Assist faculty members, trainees, and staff in navigating the Penn State research support infrastructure
  • Serve as a referral resource for investigators, facilitating access to institutional resources, connecting researchers with appropriate offices and staff, and matching research needs with faculty expertise
  • Facilitate conversations across groups to develop strategic directions for growth/development/collaboration in building a research initiative


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A., The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.Arch., University of Arkansas

As the Director of Research Development and Initiatives, I lead efforts in promoting the enhancement and presentation of the college’s research portfolio by initiating the strategic advancement of research activities, including planning and implementing programs to facilitate team science in the pursuit of extramural funding, performing analyses of internal and external information for strategic research intelligence, and directing the communication of research impacts. I work closely with the Associate Dean for Research to identify and set priorities and to design and implement research initiatives in the College of Agricultural Sciences that can increase the quality and success rate of interdisciplinary research initiatives by faculty, bring heightened focus to funding mechanisms and resources of special interest to investigators, and align the college’s research portfolio and endeavors with college, university, state, and federal priorities around critical and emergent issues.