Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Bryan McCoy


The strategic goal of increasing funding for research at a university is a complex objective dependent on various institutional and leadership factors. The purpose of this study was to develop an instrument to assist institutional leaders in assessing institutional and leadership factors for generating research funding at research-intensive universities. The research design included a modified Delphi panel to gain consensus on the comprehensive set of institutional and leadership factors and survey items associated with research productivity. The panel participants were experts in research administration from various institutions. Through a literature review and feedback from panel participants, the current researcher identified twelve institutional factors and four leadership factors to include in the instrument. The institutional factors include recruitment and selection, clear coordinating goals, research emphasis, culture, positive group climate, mentoring, communication with a professional network, resources, sufficient work time, rewards, promotion and tenure requirements, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The leadership factors include scholar, research-oriented, inclusive leadership, and transformational leadership. The current researcher used the results of the modified Delphi panel to finalize the instrument. A pilot study was conducted at a research-intensive university to validate the instrument. Lastly, the researcher presented the outcomes to key leaders at the university and conducted interviews to assess the survey’s usefulness.