Kate Von Holle

Director of Federal Research Development

Kate Von Holle is Director of Federal Research Development at the University of Chicago. Von Holle reports to the Office of Federal Relations in Washington, D.C., and supports the local, national, and international initiatives of the Office of Vice President for Research and National Laboratories in order to promote the University’s research capabilities and accomplishments. Von Holle focuses on both large-scale cross-cutting and faculty specific funding opportunities, and develops relationships and strategic alliances with key individuals at funding agencies, science policy organizations, Congress and professional societies. Von Holle also works to increase campus awareness of translational grants, proof of concept, and other related grant opportunities, and to identify new sources of support for the Office of Technology and Intellectual Property.

Prior to joining UChicago, Von Holle was Senior Policy Advisor, Science and Innovation, at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., where she advised the Ambassador and senior management regarding science policy developments. In this role, Von Holle liaised with senior officials at U.S. science agencies, Congressional staff, universities, and other embassies; analyzed and tracked relevant science research, legislation, and funding to report back to UK government agencies; and was lead program manager for multiple science and innovation workshops. For three months in 2012, Von Holle served as Acting Regional Director, Science and Innovation at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco advising the Consul-General and senior management of foreign science policy initiatives, tracked regional development at universities and national laboratories, and recommended strategies to promote scientific collaboration between the U.S. and UK. She also oversaw projects and operations and managed a staff of four.

Von Holle’s previous experience also includes heading the government affairs department at the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and working as a science fellow at the State Department. Kate received her B.S. in Biology at the College of William & Mary on a full athletic scholarship for basketball, and earned her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Illinois on a full academic fellowship.