Research Development and Grant Writing News

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  • New Faculty Guide to Competing for Research Funding
  • Strategies for Planning, Developing, and Writing Large Team Grants

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Research Development & Grant Writing News Issue Index

In Every Issue

  • New Funding Opportunities
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports and Research Roadmaps
  • Writing Competitive Proposals: Topics in Brief


January 2021 Issue

  • Humanities and Social Science Scholars: Are You Registered with
  • Expanding Your List of Potential Agency Funders
  • Long-Range & Near-Term Research Funding Horizons
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Preparing Your NSF CAREER Proposal
  • The Tentative (Maybe/Maybe Not) Proposal
  • And Idea is Not a Plan; A Strategy is Not a Project (reprinted)

February 2021 Issue

  • The Future of Arts and Humanities Funding Under the Biden Administration
  • The Impact of Science Policy Changes on Funding Opportunities
  • How Alondra Nelson’s Appointment to the Office of Science & Technology Policy Will Impact Funding
  • What Amazon Can Teach You About Proposal Writing
  • Research Priorities Revealed in Preliminary and/or Final Federal Agency Budgets
  • Communications on Interdisciplinary Team Grants (reprinted)

March 2021 Issue

  • Attracting Students to the Humanities
  • What Does a Successful Proposal Look Like? NSF’s Answer Too Often Falls on Deaf Ears
  • Avoiding a Common Reviewer Complaint: Descriptive Research
  • STEM Education Funding Outlook 20212
  • Assume All Reviewers are from Missouri (reprinted)

April 2021 Issue

  • Tips for Winning an NEH Individual Fellowship
  • NSC Report on Artificial Intelligence Offers a Guide to Future Funding Success
  • You Got Funding! Now Think About Supplements
  • Competitive Models for STEM Education and Research
  • Transdisciplinary Funding Horizon for Electric Power Research, Education, and Training
  • Engineers: Beware the Downselect Proposal (reprinted)

May 2021 Issue

  • Cultivating Grantsmanship Among Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students
  • Developing Proposals to Fund the Future Workforce in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
  • Proposal Pet Peeves
  • Strategic Uses of the Funding Solicitation
  • New Research Directions Under President’s 2022 Discretionary Funding Request
  • Explaining the State of the Art: Telling Your Reviewers What They Need to Know (reprinted)

June 2021 Issue

  • Assembling a Team of Advocates for Winning Humanities Grants
  • Writing Grants to EPA in a Time of Budget Increases
  • NSF’s Webinar on Invention to Innovation Programs
  • How Agency Mission and Culture Impact Funding Success
  • The Role of Project Abstracts in Funding Success
  • Organizing the Proposal Narrative (reprinted)


January 2020 Issue

  • Consider Foundations as Potential Funders
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • If You Name It, Explain It
  • In Proposals, Less is Often More
  • AI’s Future Impact on STEM Education
  • Don’t’ Sell the Funding Solicitation Short
  • Create a Process for Adding Team Members to Proposals (reprinted)

February 2020 Issue

  • Calling All Published Poets: Funding for Individuals from NEA
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • The Communications Component of the Research Management Plan
  • Overview of the New NSF CAREER Solicitation
  • Writing the Innovation Section of Research and Education Proposals
  • DOE’s $97 Million FOA for Bioenergy Technologies
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation (reprinted)

March 2020 Issue

  • The Power of Faculty Writing Groups for Reviewing Proposals and Overall Writing Improvement
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • Where’s the Money? The State of US Science and Engineering 2020
  • How to Write Your Data Management Plan
  • The Thirty-Minute Grant Writing Workshop – Some Key Observations for Discussion
  • Writing Better STEM Education Grants
  • Agency Missions and Cultures Are Not Fungible (reprinted)

April 2020 Issue

  • Finding the Best Fit between a Funder and a Humanities/Social Science Project
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • ERC Engineering Workforce Development and K-12 Engineering Education
  • New Coronavirus-related Funding Opportunities
  • One Common Mistake Made in Writing NSF ERC Proposals
  • NSF ERC Proposal Production and Task Assignments Schedule (PPTAS)
  • Understand Your Proposal Writing Tendency (reprinted)

May 2020 Issue

  • Tackling the Project Narrative for the NEH Summer Grant
  • Is Your Proposal Responsive to the Funding Solicitation?
  • NSF ERC Webinar Report
  • Understanding the USDA Review Process
  • What the NSF Funding Horizon Looks Like
  • A Heads Up to New Faculty about Research Misconduct (reprinted)

June 2020 Issue

  • Humanities in the Age of COVID-19: ACLS Strategic Priorities for 2020-2024
  • A Vision for NSF Earth Sciences 2020-2030: Earth in Time
  • Overview of New IES RFAs
  • Summary Overview: A Guide for Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via
  • Topics in Brief: Proposal Writing Best Practices and the NSF ERC
  • Characteristics of an Effective Proposal Team Member (reprinted)

July 2020 Issue

  • The Dos and Don’ts of Writing the Statement of Purpose for a Humanities/Social Sciences Funding Application
  • Strategies for Revisions and Resubmittals
  • CAREER Proposal Checklist
  • The Role of Stakeholders in a Competitive Proposal
  • Plagiarism in a Proposal is the Kiss of Death to a Research Career
  • Where Research Offices Can Most Help New Faculty (reprinted)

August 2020 Issue

  • Understanding Peer Review
  • Observations on the NSF ERC Letter of Intent
  • When There is Too Much to Say: Strategies to Meet the Page Limit
  • Writing a Stronger K-12 Teacher Workforce Component to an NSF Research Proposal and Relevance to an ERC
  • Writing a Winning USDA Foundational Grant Proposal
  • The Role of the Project Evaluator on the Writing Team (reprinted)

September 2020 Issue

  • Supporting the Dissertation: How and Why to Apply for Dissertation Funding
  • Following the Public Health Research Dollars into 2022
  • Resources for Education Cost Analyses
  • Proposal Reviews: The Mother Lode of Insight for Research Offices, or Why You Should Learn to Love Bad Reviews
  • “DECLINED” But, Is Your Proposal Dead?
  • How a Good Website Can Help Faculty Win Grants (reprinted)

October 2020 Issue

  • Editing the Proposal Introduction: The What, Why, How, and So-What of a Preliminary Review
  • National AI Research Institute Webinar
  • Now is the Time to Plan the Red Team Review of an Invited NSF ERC Full Proposal, or Similar Efforts
  • Strategies for Increasing Team Funding Success
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear a Disguise on Halloween (reprinted)

November 2020 Issue

  • Did You Miss the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration?
  • Strategies for Increasing Sustainability Research and Educational Program Funding
  • Does an NSF MRI Fit Your Situation?
  • Are you Up-to-Date on NSF Terms and Definitions?
  • Post-Election New Directions in Research Funding
  • Funding Fundamentals for New Faculty (reprinted)

December 2020 Issue

  • Understanding Competitive Funding Strategies for Integration of Research & Education at NSF
  • Virtual NSF Grants Conference Overview
  • When Your NSF Program Officer Comes Back with Questions
  • Funding Success Requires Adding Evidence-Based Educational Components to Many Research Grants
  • Fundamentals of Funding Success: Synergy Not Silos (reprinted)


January 2019 Issue

  • Tips on Successful Foundation Funding
  • Underlying Strategies for STEM Partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions
  • Scheduling the Production of Your NSF CAREER Proposal
  • Mark Twain’s Advice on Grant Writing
  • To Revise, Re-Write, or Begin Anew?
  • Win Your Grant on Page 1 (reprinted)

February 2019 Issue

  • Avoid the Research Misconduct Perp Walk
  • Non-Faculty Researchers and Broader Impacts
  • CAREER: The Importance of Focus
  • US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity
  • Post-Shutdown Startup
  • How to go from Research Ideas to Research Dollars – Ten Key Steps to Getting Your Ideas Funded (reprinted)

March 2019 Issue

  • Planning Your NSF Funding Transition Strategy
  • More on NSF Expectations for Convergence
  • Basic Research: The Trial-and-Error Trap
  • Tracking Shifting Allocations within Research Agency Budgets
  • Building Knowledge Based Research Offices
  • Fostering Integrity in Research: A Critical Read for Research Offices (reprinted)

April 2019 Issue

  • Convergence, Like Spring, is Breaking Out All Over, Including at NSF and USDA
  • NSF FY2020 Budget: Hoping for Better News, Planning for Good News
  • NIH SCORE: A Funding Mechanism for PIs at MSIs
  • How-To Tips on Editing a Research Narrative
  • Do You Have Your NSF STC Endgame in Place?
  • Strategies for Preparing for a Site Visit (reprinted)
  • Understanding the Site Visit Process (reprinted)

May 2019 Issue

  • Planning for New Funding Directions in Food and Agricultural Related Research
  • Do You Know Where Your Research Fits in Your Discipline’s State of the Art?
  • Is Your Research Relevant to Alzheimer’s? NIH Wants You!
  • The Future of STEM Education in the Federal Budget
  • How the Department of Energy Reviews Your Proposal
  • Communication on Interdisciplinary Team Grants (reprinted)

June 2019 Issue

  • Don’t Let the Organizational Ghosts of Proposals Past Haunt Your New Proposal
  • White Papers and Concept Papers Are Often the First Step to Funding Success
  • Know the type of Project You’re Proposing
  • Does Your Office Assist New Faculty in Grant Writing? Here Are Some Tips
  • Talking to New Faculty about Reproducibility and Replicability in Science
  • Do Not Build Your Proposal Out of Spare Parts (reprinted)

July 2019 Issue

  • Finding Funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • How to Convince Reviewers to Fund Your Proposal
  • Last-Minute CAREER Checklist (updated)
  • More on Success in Funding Convergence Research
  • Are You New to the Office of Naval Research?
  • Understanding the Role of Your PO (reprinted)

August 2019 Issue

  • Finding Funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Part 2
  • How to Analyze a DARPA BAA
  • Tips for Effective Proposal Graphics
  • NSF ECR Proposal Preparation Web Seminar
  • USDA Report on the Key Role of Technology Transfer in Funded Proposals
  • The Schedule and Task Assignment Table for Proposal Production (reprinted)

September 2019 Issue

  • Humanities Funding: A Travel Guide with a Stop at the National Humanities Center
  • Selected URLs for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts (HSSA) Funding
  • What Is Your Great Idea and Why Is It Important?
  • Applying for the DARPA Young Faculty Award
  • Gain an Advantage in Funding Success by Reviewing Project Abstracts
  • FFAR Annual Report Offers Key Insights into Competing for Agricultural Research
  • Communications on Interdisciplinary Team Grants (reprinted)

October 2019 Issue

  • A Close Reading of the National Endowment for the Humanities Strategic Plan FY 2018 – 2022
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • Writing the Workforce Component of STEM Proposals
  • Changes in NSF’s Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Program
  • What to Do When Reviewers Disagree
  • Beware of an Off-the-Shelf Contribution to a Team Proposal
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear a Disguise on Halloween (reprinted)

November 2019 Issue

  • What Is the Intellectual Significance of Your Proposed Humanities Project?
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • AI’s Really Big Footprint Across Disciplines
  • Advice and Resources for Your MRI Proposal
  • Why Do Well Reviewed Proposals Get Declined for Funding?
  • Why the Butler and the Poor Writer are Prime Suspects
  • Explaining Mission Agencies to New Faculty (reprinted)

December 2019 Issue

  • How Academic Peer Review Operates
  • Humanities and Arts Funding Opportunities and News
  • The Advantages of Coordinated Team Reviews of Proposal Drafts
  • Highlights of the NIH Regional Seminar
  • Technology for Plagiarism Detection at NSF
  • Non-Traditional Collaborations Among Research Communities
  • Seed Your Narrative with Explanatory Clauses (reprinted) 


January 2018 Issue

  • Expectations by NSF for Proposal Success
  • Narrative Reference Resources
  • Funding Fundamentals for New Faculty
  • Last-minute MRI Checklist
  • How to be Competitive for Externally Funded Grants – Internationally (Part 2)
  • Planning for Funding Success (reprinted)

February 2018 Issue

  • Why Review Proposals for Funding Agencies
  • US DoED Strategic Goals 2018-2022
  • NSF OIG Report on Proposal Plagiarism & Misconduct
  • Writing Proposals to US Department of Energy
  • Dealing with NIH’s New Clinical Trials Policy
  • The Perilous Transition: Idea to Implementation (reprinted)

March 2018 Issue

  • NASA’s New Strategic Plan, 2018-2021
  • The Benefits of an Organizational Edit
  • NSF’s 10 Big Ideas & Convergence Accelerators
  • The NORDP 2018 Conference is Coming Up
  • Decoding NSF for Funding Success (reprinted)

April 2018 Issue

  • Why is Your Research in the National Interest
  • Silent Partner Flaw in Team Proposals
  • NSF’s Vision for Future Research Centers
  • How to Formulate Hypotheses for NSF and NIH
  • Navigating International Grants – Horizon 2020
  • Grants are Awarded Not Anointed (reprinted)
  • May 2018 Issue
  • More on Convergence Research at NSF
  • USDA Strategic Goals for FY2018-2022
  • To FOIA or Not to FOIA Proposal Requests
  • Mission Agency Common Denominators
  • How a Good Website Can Help Faculty Win Grants
  • Proposal Writing Tips for Non-Native English Speakers (reprinted)

June 2018 Issue

  • Humanities and STEMM Integration
  • It’s a Good Time to Submit an NSF EAGER Proposal
  • Characteristics of an Effective Proposal Team Member
  • Funding Agencies Are Not Monolithic
  • Proposal Development Topics in Brief
  • Unrealistic Expectations for Wordsmithing (reprint)

July 2018 Issue

  • It is Not Easy to Disinvite a Team Member
  • Overview of the New DoED IES RFAs
  • NSF’s STEM Education for the Future
  • How ED and IES Review Grant Applications
  • Writing the 1.5-Page Practice Proposal (reprinted)

August 2018 Issue

  • Mapping Proposals to Agricultural Research Priorities
  • Funding for Advanced Building Technologies Research: NSF and DOE
  • Federal 2020 Budget Priorities for R&D
  • ARPA-E’s Grid Optimization Competition
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation (reprinted)

September 2018 Issue

  • BLUF: Write as if your reviewers were Generals
  • Preparing to Write Your Proposal
  • Writing Your Proposal
  • Editing, Revising, and Rewriting Your Proposal
  • Understand the Review Process & How to Write to Your Reviewers
  • Reviewing the Reviewers (Resubmitting Declined Proposals) (reprinted)

October 2018 Issue

  • Big Changes in the NSF BIO Directorate
  • Defining the Future in Research and Innovation
  • Other Types of NSF Proposals
  • Planning Proposals in Data Science for Undergraduates
  • NIH’s Strategic Plan for Data Science
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear a Disguise on Halloween (reprinted)

November 2018 Issue

  • Where is NSF Going and What Does the Path Look Like?
  • Questions to Keep in Mind When Writing the Project Management Section
  • NSF Gen-4 ERC Webinar Overview
  • Remember to Revisit the NSF Merit Review Process
  • Echo but Don’t Parrot Agency Language (reprinted)

December 2018 Issue

  • NSF PPAPG Webinar Overview
  • Key Documents for NSF Broader Impacts
  • Defining and Supporting Your Premise
  • Federal Strategy for STEM Ed and Its Impact on Writing a Proposal’s Educational Narrative
  • Planning for Proposals Addressing National Water Research Priorities
  • What is an Innovation Ecosystem at NSF? (reprinted)


January 2017 Issue

  • Don’t Force Your Reviewers to Think Too Much
  • To Submit or Not to Submit
  • What Does 2017 Hold for Mission Agencies?
  • Understanding Bioenergy Technologies Office
  • Funding for Cybersecurity Research
  • Performing an Autopsy on Declined Proposals (reprinted)

February 2017 Issue

  • Avoid the Stream-of-Consciousness Narrative
  • Four Key Questions in Editing the Narrative
  • Seed Your Narrative with Explanatory Clauses
  • Surviving Chaos in Proposal Development
  • NORDP: A Resource for Pre-Award Staff
  • Helping New Faculty Give Birth to Fundable Ideas (reprinted)

March 2017 Issue

  • Engineers: Beware the Downselect Proposal
  • Process for Adding Team Members to Proposals
  • Staff Proposals in Education and Outreach
  • Be Prepared for Big Funding Changes at Mission Agencies
  • Impact of Infrastructure Funding on Research
  • Avoid Common Proposal Figure Mistakes (reprinted)

April 2017 Issue

  • Heads Up: Changes to NSF CAREER Solicitation
  • What is the Future of Broader Impacts at NSF?
  • Competitive Proposals in a Skinny Budget
  • Finding Your Big Data Home
  • Addressing Convergence in Your NSF Narrative
  • Funding Rates: Actual and Real (reprinted)

May 2017 Issue

  • Kellogg Foundation Update
  • Fostering Integrity in Research: A Critical Read for Research Offices
  • What Characterizes a Successfully Funded Center-Level Proposal?
  • Understanding Scalability and Sustainability at NSF – A Key Distinction in the Project Description
  • Future Funding Scenarios in the Soical and Behavioral Sciences
  • Explaining the State of the Art: Telling Your Reviewers What They Need to Know (reprinted)

June 2017 Issue

  • NSF Regional Grants Conference Report
  • Role of Social Science Funding in National Security
  • Workforce Training Grants
  • Tracking Mission Changes at Funding Agencies
  • Models and Best Practices for Undergraduate Research
  • Understanding Funding Agency Mission & Culture (reprinted)

July 2017 Issue

  • An Idea is Not a Plan; A Strategy is Not a Project
  • Last-minute CAREER Proposal Checklist
  • Does Your Project Narrative Require an Evidence-Based Response?
  • Where Research Offices Can Help New Faculty
  • Models and Best Practices for Undergraduate Research
  • Start Your Proposal with a Conceptual Roadmap
  • The Proposal Editor’s Checklist (reprinted)

August 2017 Issue

  • Grant-Writing Distinctions for New Faculty
  • The Value of Social Sciences to National Priorities
  • Assume All Reviewers are from Missouri
  • New Faculty: Meet the Dark Matter of the Funding Universe
  • DoD Funding: Proposer’s Days and How They Can Help You
  • Performing an Autopsy on Declined Proposals (reprinted)

September 2017 Issue

  • Expectations for Institutions Addressing Responsible Conduct of Research by NSF/OIG
  • A Heads Up to New Faculty About Research Misconduct
  • What You Need to Know About Reproducibility
  • Is Anyone in Charge of this Orphan Proposal?
  • HBCUs and MIs: DoD Wants You to Apply for Funding
  • The Strategic Role of the Funding Solicitation (reprinted)

October 2017 Issue

  • Hidden Benefits of NSF Webinars
  • Gain a Competitive Edge by Reading Abstracts of Funded Projects
  • Expanding Your Funding Search to Open BAAs
  • Don’t Be Alarmed by Nonlinearity
  • Reorganizations and Deadline Changes at NSF
  • The Schedule and Task Assignment Table for Proposal Production (reprinted)
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear a Disguise on Halloween (reprinted)

November 2017 Issue

  • “Hands-On” Experiences in Grant Workshops
  • Funding Success: Synergy Not Silos
  • Where Does Your Research Fit?
  • Proposal Metrics Do Not Require an Avalanche
  • Understanding Your Proposal Writing Tendency
  • Do You Have a Narrative Integration Plan? (reprinted)

December 2017 Issue

  • Organizing the Proposal Narrative
  • Understanding NSF by Its Resource Allocation Strategies
  • “Generic Gems” from NSF Civil Infrastructure Webinar
  • Heads Up: NSF PAPPG Changes in Jan. 2018
  • How to be Competitive for Externally Funded Grant – Internationally
  • The Grant Writer’s Narrative Checklist (reprinted)