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.
Read more...Collapse )
ireland, kjc
  • kjc

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.
ireland, kjc
  • kjc

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.

A Dr Who Xmas

(no subject)

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 hopeful

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.

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, 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.

Ten Web Resources for Grant Funding

I saw this list on the Genomics and Proteomics website ( and thought I would share since NIH funding is being cut.

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

2. The SPIN Database: 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 Subscription access is granted through your academic institution.

3. ResearchResearch: 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:

5. The National Science Foundation's funding page:

6. The Department of Energy's Office of Science Grants and Contracts site:

7. The American Cancer Society's research program:

8. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's information for applicants:

9. GrantsNet: 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:
zucchini weave

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

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 (The webcast
requires RealPlayer, available free at
For information on setup and hardware requirements, see the site.)
  • Current Mood
    busy busy

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 Music
    Hampton the Hamster - The Official Hamster Dance