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Research Development & Grant Writing News Issue Index

  • 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)

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)

January 2016 Issue

  • Private Foundations that Fund Academic Research
  • Research Narrative Knowledge Base
  • In Brief: NIH New Strategic Plan (2016-2020)
  • Write Like You Are the Reviewer
  • Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems

February 2016 Issue

  • The Jackson Pollock Narrative
  • Practical Teaming
  • Big Data and the Internet of Things
  • Big Data and Agricultural Research Funding
  •  Heads-up: New NSF GPG requirement

March 2016 Issue

  • Making Copy-and-Paste Illegal
  • NSF INCLUDES: Success Is All About Scalability
  • The Generic Management Plan
  •   FY 2017: Funding Social & Behavioral Sciences

April 2016 Issue

  • How Readers Read Your Proposal
  • Organizing the Proposal Narrative
  • Helping Your Junior Faculty: Successful Models
  • The Chronicle of Proposal Flaws

May 2016 Issue

  • Positioning for Smaller Team Grants
  • Where Proposals Run Off the Road
  • Human Health-Related Funding at NSF: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Benefits of Packing Your Own Funding Chute

June 2016 Issue

  • Interdisciplinarity Makes Strange Bedfellows
  • National Microbiome Funding 2016/2017
  • IES Basic Grants Webinar Report
  • Where is NSF Going & Why & Where Will the $s be?
  • An Overview of the Big Data Strategic Plan

July 2016 Issue

  • Avoid NSF OIG Audits for Proposal Plagiarism
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage at NSF
  • Blue Sky Proposals are Not Fundable
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation (Part 1)

August 2016 Issue

  • Understanding the Role of Your PO
  • Tensed about Tenses
  • USDA/NIFA Antimicrobial Resistance Webinar
  • Basic Grant-Writing Training Presentation (Part 2)

September 2016 Issue

  • Explaining Mission Agencies to New Faculty
  • The Myth of Insider Grants Information
  • Looking for Humanities Funding? Ask Google
  • An Introduction to NOAA for New Faculty
  • Developing Proposals for “Institutional Transformation”

October 2016 Issue

  • The Straw Man Proposal
  • Explain Your Rationale for Selecting Projects
  • The Proposal Majordomo’s Role of Grants
  • The Role of the Project Evaluator on the Writing Team
  • SBIRs and STTRs: What are they and how can faculty use them?

November 2016 Issue

  • The Editorial “Clawback” on Page Overruns
  • What’s Your Problem?  What’s Your Solution?
  • Initiative to Strengthen Agricultural Workforce
  • The EPSCoR Track 4 for Junior Faculty
  • The Stepwise Path from Ideas to Dollars

December 2016 Issue

  • Where is NSF Going in 2017?
  • New Models of Graduate Education at NSF
  • How to Get Blackballed by NSF
  • Planning Communications on Team Grants
  • NSF’s Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments
January 2015 Issue

  • Counseling PIs on Broader Impacts
  • Writing Successful Grants in the Humanities
  • Two New NSF Funding Mechanisms
  • Strategies for Preparing for a Site Visit

February 2015 Issue

  • The National Alliance for Broader Impacts
  • NSF CBET CAREER Webinar Report
  • The Perilous Transition: Idea to Implementation
  • The Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan
  • Writing Proposals to USDA/NIFA/AFRI

March 2015 Issue

  • Psychology and the Reviewer
  • NSF Funding for Food-Energy-Water 2015 – 2021
  • USDA/NSF Intersections in Food-Energy-Water
  • DOE’s 2016 Budget: Energy-Water Nexus, etc.
  • DoED 2016 Budget Request: Higher Ed and IES

April 2015 Issue

  • Grants are Awarded Not Anointed
  • New Directions in Broadening Participation
  • Writing as a Team
  • Agency Models for Introduction & Background
  • Helping Reviewers Do the Math: Writing Proposals for Highly Mathematical Projects

May 2015 Issue

  • NORDP 2015 Conference Report
  • NIGMS Pilots New Funding Model
  • Agency Wide Insights from the NSF Cyberlearning Webinar
  • Generic vs. Specific Characteristics of Proposals
  • The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas

June 2015 Issue

  • Broader Impacts and Evidence-Based Models
  • NSF’s Perp Walk for Plagiarism
  • Team Grant Training for New Faculty
  • Confessions of a Grumpy Reviewer
  • CAREER Heads-up: Don’t let this happen to you
  • Topics in Brief: EAC at NSF; Antimicrobials

July 2015 Issue

  • Clarity in the Research Narrative
  • USDA Center of Excellence Justification
  • Explaining the State of the Art: Telling Your Reviewers What They Need to Know
  • Don’t Bury the Lead
  • What NSF Expects to See in Your Narrative

August 2015 Issue

  • Welcoming New Faculty: What Research Development Offices Can Do
  • Is There a Need for Your Proposed Project?
  • Make Your Case for Value-Added Benefits
  • Implicit Requirements: Dark Matter of the Research Solicitation
  • Strategic Planning for an NSF ERC

September 2015 Issue

  • What does NSF mean by “Innovation Ecosystem”?
  • White House/NSF Webcast on HBCUs
  • NSF ERC Webinar Report
  • NSF Reverse Site Visits
  • U.S. Department of Interior

October 2015 Issue

  • Planning for Narrative Synergy
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear Costumes and Disguises on Halloween
  • Has Your BAA Been Superseded?
  • Developing Timelines and Milestone Charts for Your Proposal

November 2015 Issue

  • Win Your Grant on Page 1
  • NSF’s New Public Access Plan
  • The Proposal Editor’s Checklist
  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research
  • Proposals for Basic Research: Why You Need a Theoretical Framework

December 2015 Issue

  • Avoiding the Mule’s Kick at NSF
  •  Writing Grants to the Department of Education
  • Heuristic White Papers Build Teams & Ideas
  •  NSF FY 2015 Financial Report
  • Proposal Writing Tips Proposals for Non-Native English Speakers
January 2014 Issue

  • Summary: 2014 Global R&D Funding Forecast
  • Funding Your STEM Workforce Ecosystem
  • NIH Grant Writing for New Investigators
  • STEM Resources for Context/Dissemination

February 2014 Issue

  • Writing the NIH BUILD Application
  • Funding Favors the Strategically Prepared
  • Ideas Labs: What are They and Why is NSF Using Them?
  • There is More to HHS than NIH
  • Avoid a Cognitive Tax on Your Narrative

March 2014 Issue

  • Decoding NSF for Funding Success
  • Strategic Planning for Funding Diversity
  • NIH Concepts: Anticipating Future Funding
  • NSF Budget FY2014: Focus Matters Most
  • FY2015 Preliminary Federal Research Budgets

April 2014 Issue

  • NSF’s New Research Traineeship Program
  • Short Fuse or Wired Solicitation?
  • Opportunities for Social Science Funding at NSF
  • DARPA’s New Biological Technologies Office
  • Eliminate Ambiguity in the Research Narrative

May 2014 Issue

  • Performing an Autopsy on Declined Proposals
  • Proposal Development Templates/Roadmaps
  • Basic Research at DoD: A Status Report
  • Resources for Evidence-Based STEM Models
  • NSF NRT Webinar: Decoding Future Directions

June 2014 Issue

  • Research Narrative Integration Strategies
  • NSF Ferrets Out/Punishes Research Misconduct
  • Using Databases of Previous Awards
  • Unrealistic Expectations for Wordsmithing
  • Diversity Topics and Directions at NIH

July 2014 Issue

  • Funding Rates:  Actual and Real
  • NSF’s New Advanced Technology Education
  • Too Much Why and Not Enough How
  • Help New Faculty Give Birth to Fundable Ideas
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions

August 2014 Issue

  • Agency Missions and Cultures Are Not Fungible
  • The NIH Common Fund
  • Avoid Common Proposal Figure Mistakes
  • Looking to the FY2016 STEM Budget Priorities
  • NSF Crosscutting & Interdisciplinary Programs

September 2014 Issue

  • Writing the NSF STC Proposal
  • Role of the Grant Therapist in Funding Success
  • Mentoring Students Applying for the NSF GRFP
  • Defining Your NSF STC Grand Challenge
  • Drilling for Energy Funding at NSF

October 2014 Issue

  • Summary: Restoring the Research Foundation
  • What is Big Data and How to Fund It
  • A Directory of NIH Resources on the Web
  • Introducing New Investigators to BAAs
  • BRAIN Research and Funding

November 2014 Issue

  • Planning for Funding Success
  • Planning to Write as a Team
  • NSF SBE Funding Update
  • NSF’s New GRIP Program: An Integrative Model
  • Got STEM Education Data?

December 2014 Issue

  • Do You Fit ONR’s Mission Priorities?
  • Understanding the Site Visit Process, Part 1
  • Writing Proposals for Instrumentation
  • Don’t Get Caught in the NSF Spider Web
  • Webinars: EHR Core and IUSE Programs
January 2013 Issue

  • How to Write a More Competitive NSF Proposal Using the Revised Grant Proposal Guide, 2013
  • How NSF’s Revised Merit Review Criteria for 2013 Will Impact Your Project Narrative
  • What’s New about Broader Impacts in 2013
  • Why Generalities Suffocate the Narrative
  • Update: White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

February 2013 Issue

  • The Too Kind Program Officer
  • NSF INSPIRE Webinar Report
  • Transagency Research: NSF/USDA/NIFA
  • The Dictionary of Common NSF Usage
  • The Background Researcher on Proposals

March 2013 Issue

  • No Squishy Commitments or Weasel Clauses
  • Proportionality & Sequence in the Narrative
  • Time to Start on Your NSF CAREER Proposal
  • National Center for Environmental Research
  • The Role of Self-Assessment in Grant Success

April 2013 Issue

  • Getting the Writing Right
  • Boost Your Grants IQ with RSS Feeds
  • Gain a Competitive Edge:  Agency Webinars
  • Quantifying the Project Narrative
  • Observations on Writing the NSF ERC FY 2014

May 2013 Issue

  • USDA/AFRI Competitive Grants Program, 2014
  • Red Teaming: Scalable, Adaptable & Versatile
  • Budgeting Strategies for Team Proposals
  • Logic Models
  • Resources for Your CAREER Education Plan

June 2013 Issue

  • Going from Research Ideas to Research Dollars
  • NSF ERC Webinar Report
  • Now Proposals are Reviewed by NSF, NIH, DoED & DOE
  • Big Changes in STEM Education Funding

July 2013 Issue

  • Writing the 1.5-Page Practice Proposal
  • Funding Snapshot: National Institute of Justice
  • Funding Snapshot:  US Department of ED
  • How NASA, USDA, HHS/ACF Review Proposals
  • Last-Minute NSF CAREER Checklist

August 2013 Issue

  • Avoid NSF’s “Perp Walk” Audit for Plagiarism
  • Drafting UP the PI’s Verbal Research Narrative
  • Importance of Planning for Large Team Grants
  • What All New Faculty Need to Know About NSF
  • NSF REU Proposal Checklist

September 2013 Issue

  • Strategic Research Training for New Faculty
  • Pointing New Faculty to Hidden Opportunities
  • What New Faculty Need to Know about NIH
  • The Grant Writer’s Narrative Checklist
  • NSF CMMI’s Materials Reorganization

October 2013 Issue

  • NSF and ED: Writing Education Proposals
  • Funding Strategies for New Humanities Faculty
  • Team Science:Energy Frontier Research Centers
  • Avoid the Generic Introduction & Background
  • NSF’s I-Corps Program

November 2013 Issue

  • Searching the Foundation 990 for Funding
  • Your Grant-Writing Elevator Speech
  • AGEP Planning Strategies – Got Data?
  • Backgrounding the National Robotics Initiative
  • NSF’s Research Coordination Networks

December 2013 Issue

  • New NSF EHR Programs: EHR Core, IUSE & REAL
  • Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity
  • Transformed GRF and IGERT Mean New Metrics
  •  ARPA-E Funds Applied Not Basic Research
  • STEM Attrition: Paths into and out of STEM

January 2012 Issue

  • NSF Math/Science Partnership Webinar Report
  • Writing a Successful Project Management Plan
  • Writing Shared Use Infrastructure Grants
  • NIH Changes: NCRR Dissolved, NCATS Created

February 2012 Issue

  • Writing a Compelling Project Narrative
  • Writing the DOE HUB for Energy Storage
  • Observations for Researchers New to NSF
  • Starter Templates to Guide Multiple Authors
  • NSF Notes in Brief
  • A Quick Primer for Researchers New to NIH

March 2012 Issue

  • The Role of Specificity in a Successful Proposal
  • Planning Your FY2013 NSF Funding Strategies
  • Observations on Critiquing a Proposal
  • USDA Research Budget Directions, FY2013
  • Energy Update: FY2013 Budget and Priorities

April 2012 Issue

  • Writing the Vision, Goals, Objectives, Rationale, and Outcomes Statements
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals
  • The Materials Genome Initiative and Related New Funding
  • Submitting Proposals to Basic Energy Sciences
  • Air Force Research Office Funding Update

May 2012 Issue

  • Grant Strategies in a Difficult Funding Climate
  • Changes in NIHs R15 AREA Program
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 2
  • ARPA-E New & Emerging Directions 2012-2013
  • What You Need to Know About NIFA Funding
  • DOEnergy SBIR/STTR Outlook 2012-2013
  • R&D Officer Plugs Holes and Sells Ideas

June 2012 Issue

  • Where NSF is Going & How It Will Get There
  • Reviewing the Reviewers
  • Writing Education-Related Grants
  • Intelligence-ARPA (IARPA), an Overview
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals, Part 3
  • Using NIH RePORTER to Identify Your Program at NIH

July 2012 Issue

  • NSF Industrial Innovation and Partnerships
  • Red Teaming the Solicitation
  • Program Officers Are Not All Alike
  • Avoid the Generic Introduction
  • Narrative Silos Are Like Weeds
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals, Part 4

August 2012 Issue

  • Writing the DOE Early Career Preapplication
  • Writing the NSF AGEP & Webinar Report
  • Interviewing Schrödinger’s Cat
  • Do You Have a Narrative Integration Plan?
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals, Part 5

September 2012 Issue

  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
  • Value of Institutional Transformation Proposals
  • Too Much Data?
  • Training Topic: NSF GRF and Ford Fellowships
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 6
  • Writing the NSF I/UCRC

October 2012 Issue

  • Pathways & Keystones: Writing Larger Grants
  • Writing the Project Sustainability Statement
  • ARPA-E Webinar: Deadly Sins & Best Practices
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 7
  • The NSF MRI: Avoiding Common Mistakes

November 2012 Issue

  • No Tweaking, No Nudging, No Band Aids
  • The Role of BAAs in Your Funding Strategies
  • The Role of Context in a Successful Proposal
  • Why Formatting is Important
  • Research Grant Writing Topics in Brief

December 2012 Issue

  • From Silos to Synergy: The Yellow Brick Road of Grant Writing
  • Integrating PI Experiences from Various Agencies
  • Saturated Superlatives Clog the Arteries of Proposals
  • Optimizing the Proposal Planning and Development Process
  • Why Formatting Matters, Part 2: Graphics

January 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Things to Keep in Mind When You Start Writing
  • Funding Water Research: An Introduction
  • Know the Context of Your Research
  • Funding Biofuels Research: An Introduction
  • Writing Competitive Proposals: Topics in Brief
  • USDA/NIFA FY2011 Funding Overview
  • Strategies for Funding Materials Research
  • NSF Directions: Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability

February 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Structuring Your Project Description
  • Writing the NSF Science & Technology Center Preliminary Proposal
  • Writing a Successful Project Summary
  • Writing Grants to EPA: An Introduction
  • EPA & NSF SBIR 2011 Opportunities for Environmental Technology
  • Writing Grants to NOAA: An Introduction
  • Planning and Writing an NSF IGERT Proposal
  • Pursuing Research Funding from the Department of Defense

March 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Writing the Education Plan
  • Writing the NSF Science & Technology Center Preliminary Proposal, Part 2
  • Finding Funding & Writing Grants in the Humanities
  • Writing Proposals to the U.S. Department of Education: An Introduction
  • Funding Research in the Geosciences: An Introduction
  • Preparing an NRSA Predoctoral Application
  • IGERT Revisited

April 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: The References, Letters and Other Documents
  • NSF STC Preliminary Proposal Webinar Report
  • Writing the FY2012 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship Proposal
  • Writing the NSF SBE DDRIG (dissertation)
  • Writing Proposals to NASA: An Introduction
  • Understanding the Mission and Culture of the Funding Agency
  • Funding Energy Research: New Opportunities
  • Opportunities for Humanities Funding
  • ARFS Report from the NSF Grants Conference

May 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: The Budget and Budget Justification
  • Writing the Data Management Plan
  • Writing Proposals to the Economic Development Administration
  • Strategies for Applying to Long-Standing Grant Programs
  • Funding Health Disparities Research: An Introduction
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of Justice
  • Writing Proposals to AHRQ

June 2011 Issue

  • Strategies for Developing Competitive Partnership Proposals
  • How to Pack Your Own Funding Chute
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of Homeland Security
  • Writing Proposals to the Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Formatting Your Proposal
  • Writing an NSF REU Site Proposal
  • Topics in Brief — NSF Broader Impacts (BI) Revisited

July 2011 Issue

  • What if You Can’t Find Funding for Your Research
  • Funding Sustainability Research & Education
  • Writing Proposals to Department of Interior
  • What do Federal Funders Mean by Innovation and the Innovation Ecosystem?
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of State
  • The National Research Council, a Partner for Writing More Competitive Proposals
  • Pursuing Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

August 2011 Issue

  • Helping Faculty Develop Proposals
  • Writing Proposals to NEH
  • NSF PIRE Webinar Report
  • Writing Proposals to U.S. DOT
  • Pursuing Funding from NIST
  • Pursuing Funding from HUD

September 2011 – Special New Faculty Issue

  • Introduction
  • Developing a Research Funding Strategic Plan
  • Developing Your Research Agenda
  • Developing Your Education Agenda
  • Finding Research Funding
  • Funding from Federal Agencies
  • Funding from Foundations
  • Funding in the Humanities
  • Funding Less Well-Supported Research Areas
  • Who Funds What? A Quick Guide
  • Role of the RFP (Request for Proposals)
  • Role of the RFP in Proposal Organization
  • Mission & Culture of Funding Agencies
  • Program Officers & When to Contact Them
  • Writing for Reviewers
  • Agency Review Criteria
  • Finding Research Mentors
  • Working with Research Collaborators
  • Scheduling Proposal Production
  • Writing a Compelling Project Summary
  • Writing the Proposal Narrative
  • Writing Unsolicited Proposals & White Papers
  • Formulating Strategies for Re-submission

October 2011 Issue

  • Strategies for Emerging Research Institutions
  • Do Not Build Your Proposal Out of Spare Parts
  • Supporting Faculty Research Affinity Groups
  • NSF’s New Strategic Plan, 2011-2016: A Synopsis and Observations for the Grantwriter
  • Workforce Development Grants
  • Mentoring Students for the NSF GRFP
  • Applying for a Ford Fellowship

November 2011 Issue

  • The Challenge of Integrating Multiple Authors
  • Strategies for Sustainability Research Revisited
  • Graphics as a Narrative Integrator
  • STEM Learning & Activity Models for Proposals
  • Obtaining Copies of NSF-Funded Proposals
  • Social Science Components of NSF Proposals
  • Funding for International Collaborations from NSF

December 2011 Issue

  • NSF INSPIRE/CREATIV Webinar Report
  • NIH Funding for International Programs
  • Echo but Don’t Parrot Agency Language
  • NSF MRI Revisited, an Update for 2012
  • Finding the Common Denominators of Successful Grants
  • How Your Proposal will be Reviewed at NSF, NIH, DoED, IES, DOE, NASA, USDA/NIFA, etc.
  • Health Information Technology Funding
September 2010 Issue

  • Research Funding Strategies for New Investigators: How to Get Started
  • Unsolicited Proposals: What Are They And Who Accepts Them
  • Writing the Competitive Research Center Proposal: Submitting for the Right Reasons with the Right PI
  • The Strategic Role of the RFP
  • How To Find Funding Opportunities at NSF
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of Energy
  • Finding Funding for Energy Research at Federal Agencies
  • Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Assessing Your Strengths
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Preparing for Success as an Independent Researcher
  • New Funding Opportunities & Competitive Proposal Development Resources

October 2010 Issue

  • Writing the NSF MRI Proposal
  • Writing Proposals to NIH: An Introduction
  • Writing the Center Vision Statement
  • Quad Charts, White Papers & Unsolicited Proposals: Role in Research Funding
  • Writing for Reviewers: An Introduction
  • How to Use the NSF Award Database to Prepare a Better Proposal
  • Preparing Letters of Support & Collaboration
  • Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Collaborating Dos & Don’ts
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Finding Fellowships You can Apply for Now
  • Using MSPnet for K-12 STEM Proposals

November 2010 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Choosing a Research Topic
  • Writing Proposals to DARPA: An Introduction
  • Red Teaming Proposals for Funding Success
  • An Introduction to SBIR/STTR Grants
  • Why Read Abstracts of Funded Projects?
  • Evaluation Resources on the Internet
  • Writing for NSF Review Panels

December 2010 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Planning Your Education Component
  • Why Seek Grant Support for Research in the Humanities and Arts, by Barbara L. E. Walker, Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
  • Proposal Planning: The Key Role of the Schedule and Task Assignment Table
  • Writing Grants to USAID: An Introduction
  • Writing Grants to USDA: An Introduction
  • The Role of the Evolving Proposal Narrative
  • Faculty at PUI: When You Need Lab Equipment
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Writing Proposals with Your Advisor