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3rd April 2007

polymathic9:36pm: Training, Certification, & Experience
How exactly does one go about becoming a marketable grantwriter?

Currently, I am studying at the Foundation Center NYC when I have a chance, and will apply for a federally subsidized part-time (work-study) job at my university (CUNY), an academic department, or attached Institute/Center for an academic year. I have also volunteered a few hours a week to help non-profit groups and low-income or LD students get financial support, partly to get more experience.

What training is there available?
Is it required and/or useful?
What about certification?
What's the best way to get experience and/or references?

More about me below the cut.
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28th November 2006

kjc1:38am: Another newbie question
Hello. Hope I'm not bothering ya'll with my ignorant questions.

A potential client has contacted me about writing a grant, but states she cannot pay me until the grant money comes in. Is this normal or insane?

Thank you for any advice you can provide.

6th November 2006

kjc5:00am: Newbie question: book recommendations?

Greetings grant writers! I am a newbie to grant writing, finishing up a course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.

I seek recommendations for a good book or two to use as a reference as I'm working on grants (I'm hoping to freelance grant writing).

Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.


9th August 2006

cinema_babe11:57am: I know this is about Grantwriting, but I'm hoping that someone out there has some contacts at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.

A friend of mine is applying for a job at the Liberty Science Center (in New Jersey) as a Science Educator. He has an extensive background as an teacher, he also DJs and even had his own TV (cable access) TV show. He can do a great job making science fun and accessible to people from all sorts of backgrounds.

He definitely has both the knowledge and personality to do this job well. He would be **great** at this job!

Is there anyone out there reading this who knows someone, who either works there or has some other connection the facility who would be willing to give him a name of someone to talk to or possibly even walk his resume directly to HR.

If so, please email me or you leave a comment for me here. Thanks!
Current Mood: hopeful

9th March 2006

vretallin1:26pm: REAP-Flex Alternative Uses of Funds Authority
Does anyone know where I can find more information about the reap-flex program and what specific funding can be combined and under what certain programs it can be utilized to carry out local activities under other specified Federal programs?

The only references I can find are to "See Section 6211 of the ESEA".

Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

23rd February 2006

wakarusa4:04pm: guidestar
just curious - how many of you all recommend to clients that they maintain and update their information on guidestar?

21st February 2006

vretallin12:02pm: Technology Grants for Schools
I was wondering if anyone knew of any technology grants for K-12 schools. I find myself now being paid these days to go help schools. A very exciting opportunity, but I need to locate Grant possibilities.

I've got the usual suspects grants.gov, federal register, Alpha Grants ,Sprint, Department of Education, and a few other Missouri specific grants.

Anything else I could be looking at? Any assistance is appreciated.

2nd October 2005

spenceraloysius11:14pm: Ten Web Resources for Grant Funding
I saw this list on the Genomics and Proteomics website (http://www.genpromag.com/) and thought I would share since NIH funding is being cut.

1. ProposalCentral: https://v2.ramscompany.com/. A convenient access to grant opportunities from some 20 government, non-profit, and private organizations.

2. The SPIN Database: http://www.infoed.org/new_spin/spin.asp. Updated daily, this commercial database contains information on approximately 11,000 different funding opportunities from some 1,200 different agencies. Over 4,000 are in health-related, behavioral, or biomedical fields. (You can also create a regular search profile at http://www.infoed.org/genius_live/create_new.asp.) Subscription access is granted through your academic institution.

3. ResearchResearch: http://www.researchresearch.com. A giant database of funding opportunities open to US researchers, including corporate funds, nonprofits and state sources. Individuals can get a subscription for $99 for the first six months and $199 per year after that (an offer that the site notes is only available through November).

4. The Foundation Center's resources for individual grantseekers: http://fdncenter.org/for_individuals/.

5. The National Science Foundation's funding page:http://www.nsf.gov/funding/.

6. The Department of Energy's Office of Science Grants and Contracts site: http://www.sc.doe.gov/grants/grants.html

7. The American Cancer Society's research program: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/RES/RES_0.asp

8. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's information for applicants: http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?page_id=103207.

9. GrantsNet: http://www.grantsnet.org. Funded by AAAS and HHMI, this is a searchable database of funding opportunities in biomedical research and science education for graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

10. The GrantDoctor (and all the other invaluable resources) at Science's NextWave: http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/1999/08/27/1.

9th March 2005

gottacook1:35pm: Interesting webcast
Too bad I can't be online to listen at the time.


Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of
New Investigators in Biomedical Research

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2005
10:00 a.m. EST
Lecture Room, National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Live audio webcast at http://www.national-academies.org/

Are new investigators getting the support they need to begin independent
research careers?

The National Academies' Board on Life Sciences invites you to attend
a public briefing on Friday, March 18, 2005, at 10 a.m. EST for the
release of "Bridges to Independence: Fostering the Independence of New
Investigators in Biomedical Research," a new National Research Council
report sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The age at which new biomedical investigators are receiving their first
research grant has increased in the last 20 years and the number of
awards made to researchers age 40 or younger has been cut in half since
1980. Long delays before scientists have the opportunity to set their
own research direction could have a serious impact on the future of
biomedical research in the United States. The report makes
recommendations to NIH as well as the academic and research communities
to help foster the independence of postdoctoral scholars, junior faculty,
and non-tenure-track researchers.

Speakers include:

* Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences

* Thomas R. Cech, President, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Chair,
Committee on Bridges to Independence: Identifying Opportunities for
and Challenges to Fostering the Independence of New Investigators in
the Life Sciences

* Elias A. Zerhouni, Director, National Institutes of Health

Those who cannot attend in person may listen to a live audio webcast of
the release event at http://www.national-academies.org/. (The webcast
requires RealPlayer, available free at http://www.real.com/player.
For information on setup and hardware requirements, see the Real.com site.)
Current Mood: busy

7th March 2005

banazir10:17pm: Defense Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Is anyone familiar with the U.S. Department of Defense Small Business Innovation Research / Small business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs?

I've been aware of SBIRs (pronounced "sibbers") for some time, but have never applied for one before. Similarly with STTRs, though I have talked with groups about putting one in.

William Hsu
Current Mood: hyper
banazir10:00pm: Manic Monday #5: Content Management Systems - Where's the Content?
Expanding on the question I posted last week: What kind of Content Management Systems do you all use?

Services such as Yahoo! Groups, Groove, or LiveJournal or GreatestJournal?
Software such as Lotus Notes?
Custom applications (if so, what databases and server-side programming languages do you use)?

Is your CMS primarily groupware, or is it finely tuned for single-user mode as well? Is it internet-based (cf. Yahoo!) or intranet-based?
More important, what media does your primary content consist of? HTML? Metadata (XML and other semistructured formats)? Data in a relational database? Numerical spreadsheets? Images? Audio, video, or both?

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William Hsu
Current Mood: curious

2nd March 2005

banazir10:44pm: Wishful Wednesday #5: More Funding Opportunities
Because I am always writing about my own sources of funding (NSF, ONR, ARL) and DARPA, I thought I would post a few links for other agencies tonight:

Please comment with any bulletin pages you would like to see added to this list, and I will keep a running edit.

For charitable organizations and nonprofit research organizations, there are also many grant agencies listed at The Foundation Centers. Bear in mind, of course, that these are what we in academia general call gifts and are reviewed on the basis of need more often than technical merit and competitiveness.

William Hsu
Current Mood: stressed
banazir4:07am: I need your help
I've clearly bitten off a little more than I can chew with Manic Monday (which was supposed to be the only weekly column), Wishful Wednesday (which is not supposed to be weekly), and Funding Friday (which was supposed to be a discussion forum).

Three grantwriting articles a week is a bit more than I can produce on a regular basis, so I will ask:
What would you like to see? Which one of the current fora on grant administration, funding opportunities, and tricks of the trade should be regular weekly columns, leaving the other two to be posted as available?

I'm now leaning towards using Monday for polls and discussion, writing the Wednesday each week, and asking others to contribute Friday articles.

What do you all think? Any volunteers would be greatly appreciated.

William Hsu
Current Mood: cold

1st March 2005

cowbert11:02am: NIH
PHS398 grant application worksheets can be found at: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html

28th February 2005

banazir9:54am: Manic Monday #4: Discussion - collaboration software
Last time, I started a discussion on citation indices.

This time, I'd like to take a straw poll:
What collaboration software do you use when writing grants with others and sharing results? Is it a commercial package such as Lotus Notes or MS Visual SourceSafe? A service such as Groove or Yahoo! Groups? A free system such as CVS? All of the above?

This includes file sharing, mailing lists, and version control.
In my research group, we use CVS and mailing of Word files, with some file sharing being done using Yahoo! Groups.

William Hsu
Current Mood: quixotic

23rd February 2005

banazir10:52pm: Wishful Wednesday #4: More on Yahoo! Groups
Last time, I told you how to set up your own Yahoo! Groups for project management. Here are some additional tips.

Individual Usage

Yahoo! Groups can also be used by individuals as:

  • A poor person's mail filter. Some of my colleagues use username[i] as receiving addresses, so that you can send mail to (for example) banazir5@yahoogroups.com. With the advent of GMail and its free 1Gb searchable mail storage per account, this has become less of a useful feature, especially as Yahoo! Groups no longer archives attachments, but you can still share PDFs. You can also archive small ones in the Files section, which is useful for larger groups.

  • Archival. You can still stash useful documents for yourself in your group, such as screenshots (use the Photos section), URLs (add to the Links section), or quick notes ("Edit Text File" in the Files section). I teach using the Tegrity distance learning system, recording all of my lectures in a streaming web-accessible (Java and Microsoft Windows codec) format. All of these are based upon PDF files that I upload to my course group, and sometimes I even use the Yahoo! Group to store handwritten examples and notes that I jotted down during lecture using the Wacom Cintiq tablet screen with which we outfitted the Tegrity cart.

Shared Usage

In my research Yahoo! Groups, I also make use of the following features:

  • Polls. Papers to be covered by a journal group or reading group, acronyms for projects, topics to include in a proposal or an oral or poster presentation at a conference, etc.

  • Calendars. Meeting agendas, who should attend (or who is invited), guest speakers, topics to be discussed, etc.

  • File sharing. You can keep proposal working files in this group and do primitive versioning if source code control systems such as Concurrent Versions System (CVS) and Microsoft Visual Sourcesafe are not your cup of tea. We have even used Yahoo! Groups as a staging area and service group (user queries and help) for Sourceforge projects in the past. Be sure to use encrypted archive (e.g., password-protected .zip) files for any mildly-sensitive documents, and of course, do not share classified or highly-sensitive documents using public groupware.

I will be talking more about these features in Manic Monday.

Current Mood: working

21st February 2005

banazir3:22am: Manic Monday #3: Discussion - citation indices
From the Wikipedia:
A citation index keeps track of which articles in scientific journals cite which other articles. The most well-known and widely-used citation index is the Web of Science published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI).

A citation index such as CiteSeer or ACM Portal can be used as one way to assess and maximize the measurable impact of your own publications. To an extend, it also facilitates exploratory research when one is looking for unfilled niches.

This brings me to my question for discussion:
What citation index do you use, and why?

Please comment on this entry or post one of your own here in grantwriting.

William Hsu
Current Mood: chipper

18th February 2005

banazir11:20pm: Funding Friday #3: NSF FastLane - knowing your history
Last Friday, we looked at NSF FastLane and how to create, edit, and submit proposals, then reuse the structure and format of submitted proposals by "cloning" them.

Today we will continue looking at FastLane: specifically, how to research NSF past funding record by program, topic, state, and institution.

The Award Search and Funding Trends page on FastLane is a place to start. You can search and browse using the:

The third is the "high score list" or "hall of fame", where you can also see which states, universities, and other organizations have been particularly successful (or not) at getting funding in recent years.

Besides the FastLane search pages, you should also look at the Funding Opportunities page and the individual pages for each directorate and program.

Next time, we will review the EPSCoR programs for NSF and the Department of Defense.
In future columns, we'll look at NSF's principal investigator and project page formats (here and on the Manic Monday forum). I will go through the NSF GPG sections A-I, discuss their preparation, and share a few tips I have learned on maintaining and updating them.

William Hsu
Current Mood: restless

16th February 2005

banazir10:38am: Wishful Wednesday #3: What A Bunch of Yahoos
Last time, I showed you how to set up mailing lists and procmail filters for yourself in order to collect funding opportunity notifications in the form of mail bulletins. Later on, we will also look at setting up Wikis for your various projects.

Today, we're going to look at Yahoo! Groups and how one can use it in conjunction with Majordomo or mail forwarding such as /etc/mail/alisases on Unix and Linux.

  • 1. First, you need to create an alias that holds all of the e-mail addresses of your intended recipients.
    Be sure they are all willing to get e-mail from the list, so that nobody reports it as spam.
    Use a list name such as yourlistname-L. All of my mailing lists are called kdd-[research topic]-L, cis[three digit course number]-L, or ksu-[research group acronym]-L.

  • 2. Create the main account for the Yahoo! Group. Mine are generally of the form kdd[research topic], ksu_cis[three digit course number] and ksu_cis[three digit course number]ta (for the teaching assistant account), or ksu[research group acronym].

  • 3. Using this login, create the Yahoo! Group itself. Mine are generally of the form kdd-[subgroup acronym], ksu-cis[three digit course number]-[semester][YYYY] and ksu-cis[three digit course number]ta, and ksu_cis[three digit course number]ta (for the teaching assistant account), or ksu-[research group acronym].
    Be sure to:

    • Turn off e-mail notifications to the list owner for memberships (so the entire list does not get spammed when someone joins or leaves).

    • Tell your subscribers to subscribe "web only" unless they wish to control their own subscriptions and not be added to your local list.

    • Add someone else (including your own individual account) as a list owner.

Voila! You now have a list to which people can post by mail or on the web, where the posts will both be mailed and archived in a searchable, threaded, browsable index. You can use the calendar feature to send out automatic meeting notifications. Finally, you can share URLs, screenshots and photos, and (up to 20Mb only of) files in a protected area.

William Hsu
Current Mood: accomplished

14th February 2005

banazir3:18pm: Manic Monday #2: You Have To Follow Through
Happy St. Valentine's Day!

Like any relationship, sustained funding requires effort. Grants administration is a continuing process that is sometimes tedious and full of headaches, sometimes harrowing, and sometimes just plain annoying. However, if done right, with a modicum of organization, it can be very worth while. Many agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Defense (DoD), require regular reporting, as I discussed last time. A section documenting published results from prior support is also standard on NSF and NIH funding proposals.

Following through has more advantages than building up your documentation of prior support and research activity, though: it can actually help you augment your funding before you even go to write a new proposal.

About NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers: REU and RETCollapse )

William Hsu
Current Mood: rushed
banazir10:12am: Individual grants - on behalf of zaritsa
zaritsa writes:
I am looking to obtain a grant to help start a new business. Part of the foundation of the business plan has a fundraising opportunity for schools and organizations, though the business is not primarily for fund raising. I have done fundraising for 12+ years helping groups make their money. Now I need to quit living on borrowed time and money and stand on my own two feet. I have a wonderful idea and have been pouring my money into the business as fast as I can make it. I have it broken down in to $1500 absolutly need now. $25000 need to get through the first 4 months and 100000 to get through the first year. but then I am 125% positive the business will be running on its own with COH. I have written to about 200 companies listed in "those books" asking them for their guidlines and annual reports. I only got one back stating that it would consider an individual grant. Credit is bad so can not go there. Grant is the only way I know of. Boy this is a lot harder looking for individual grants over school grants.

Any help is welcome and encouraged.

Current Mood: looking for answers

11th February 2005

banazir7:25pm: Funding Friday #2: NSF FastLane, Part 2
Today, we will start a walkthrough of the online documentation of FastLane and some times on the mechanics of using it, preparing sections of your proposal for upload, checking for and correcting errors, and getting the proposal proofread (usually by your grants office).

Note: For instructions on preparing NSF proposals, always refer to the most recent edition of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide (GPG). The current edition is NSF 04-23, which went into effect on September 1, 2004.

01 - PI / Co-PI Login ScreenCollapse )
02 - PI / Co-PI Management: Main ScreenCollapse )
03 - PI / Co-PI Management: Proposal FunctionsCollapse )
04 - PI InformationCollapse )
05 - Submitted ProposalsCollapse )
06 - View Submitted ProposalCollapse )
07 - Proposal ActionCollapse )
08 - Temporary Proposal Form PreparationCollapse )

William Hsu
Current Mood: hyper

9th February 2005

banazir11:46pm: Wishful Wednesday #2: Spamming Yourself for Fun and Profit
How many times have you said to yourself: "If I had a nickel for every spam I got, I wouldn't need grant funding"?

Well, it's true. I get about 1200 e-mail messages a week, only 200 of which are legitimate, wanted messages, and only about 10% of which are work-related, not counting messages cc'ed to myself. The other 1000 of them (nearly 150 a day) are spams, mostly unsolicited commercial e-mail. And of my 120 messages from work, perhaps half of those are from mailing lists!

Mailing lists can be a blessing or a bane. Today, I'm going to tell you about how to get the most out of your existing lists and glean a little more information in a little less time from them.

The low-down on `listservs', procmail, and other mail management softwareCollapse )

Next time, I'll tell you how to set up Yahoo! Groups with Majordomo and other mailing list systems to serve as a poor person's web-accessible groupware solution.

William Hsu
Current Mood: nostalgic

7th February 2005

banazir9:53pm: Manic Monday #1: Reporting Requirements
In this discussion digest, we who are principal investigators or co-PIs of sponsored projects (especially federally funded research) will discuss:

  • Sustained development

    • renewals

    • supplements: e.g., NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) and Research Experiences for Teachers (RETs)

    • new proposals

  • Bookkeeping: budgetary and inventory accounting

  • Reporting requirements: keeping the sponsor satisfied, or at least off your case

  • Gearing up for that next grant: writing up results from prior support, building a bibliography of reviewed literature and your own credentials, etc.

  • Leveraging existing support: how to put your research assitants to work on other projects without cutting corners on this one

Today, I will start by discussing reporting requirements.

What are reporting requirements?Collapse )
A how-to and anecdoteCollapse )
How agencies ensure that you will reportCollapse )

Next time, I will tell you about applying for follow-up funding on grants from agencies such as the NSF. Sometimes these are competitively reviewed by a panel of external reviewers brought in by the agency; in cases such as supplementary internships (e.g., NSF's REU program), they are reviewed by the program manager and almost automatic, if you provide proper justification and demonstrate that you have planned the use of the supplement carefully.

William Hsu
Current Mood: busy
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