Research Development & Grantwriting News

Research Development & Grantwriting News is a monthly newsletter published by Academic Research Funding Strategies. It contains good advice for academic grant writers, both about general proposal development skills and about specific agencies and programs. Back issues are listed here with selected articles of note.

September issue (Appstate login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Expectations for Institutions Addressing Responsible Conduct of Research by NSF/OIG
  • A Head Up to New Faculty about Research Misconduct
  • What Do 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
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

August issue (Appstate login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Grantwriting Distinctions for New Faculty
  • The Value of Social Sciences to Nat'l Priorities
  • Assume All Reviewers are From Missouri
  • New Faculty: Meet the Dark Matter of the Funding Universe
  • DoD Funding: Proposer's Day and How They Can Help You
  • Performing an Autopsy on Declined Proposals
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Road Maps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

July 2017 issue (Appstate login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • 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
  • Start Proposal with a Conceptual Road Map
  • The Proposal Editor's Checklist
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Road Maps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

June 2017 issue (Appstate login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • 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
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

May 2017 issue (Appstate login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Kellogg Foundation Update
  • Fostering Integrity in Research: A Critical Read for Research Offices
  • What Characteristics a Successfully Funded Center-Level Proposal?
  • Understanding Scalability at NSF-A Key Distinction in Project Description
  • Future Funding Scenarios in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Explaining the State of the Art: Telling Your Reviewers What They Need to Know
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies 

April 2017 issue (Appstate login required)

  • Topics of interest URLs
  • 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 Funding Home
  • Addressing Convergence in Your NSF Narrative
  • Funding Rates: Actual and Real
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Researcch News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

March 2017 issue (AppState login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Engineers: Beware the downselect proposal
  • Process of 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
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

February 2017 issue (AppState login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • 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 Giving Birth to Fundable Ideas
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies 

January 2017 issue (AppState login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • 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
  • Performed an Autopsy on Declined Proposals
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

December 2016 issue (AppState login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Where is NSF Going in 2017?
  • New Models of Graduate Education at NSF
  • How to Get Blackballed by NSF
  • Planning Communication on Team Grants
  • NSF's Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments
  • Red Teaming: Scalable and Adaptable

November 2016 issue (AppState login required)

  • Planning for Funding Success at NSF
  • The Editorial "Clawback" on Page Overruns
  • What's Your Problem? What's Your Solution?
  • Initiative to Strengthen Agricultural Workforce
  • EPSCOR Track 4 for Junior Faculty
  • The Stepwise Path from Ideas to Dollars
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities

October 2016 issue (AppState login required)

  • The Straw Man Proposal
  • Explain Your Rationale for Selecting Projects
  • The Proposal Majordomo’s Role on Grants
  • The Role of the Project Evaluator on the Writing Team
  • SBIRs and STTRs: What are they and how can faculty use them?
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear a Disguise on Halloween (Reprinted from Oct. 15, 2015)
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

September 2016 Issue (AppState login required)

  • 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"
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

August 2016 Issue (AppState login required)

  • Understanding the Role of Your PO
  • Tensed about Tenses
  • USDA/NIFA Antimicrobial Resistance Webinar
  • Basic Grant-Writing Training Presentation
  • The Hallicinatory Proposal Narrative
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

July 2016 Issue (AppState login required)

  • Avoid NSF OIG Audits for Proposal Plagiarism
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage at NSF
  • Blue Sky Proposals are not Fundable
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

June 2016 Issue(AppState login required)

  • Interdisciplinarity Makes Strange Bedfellows
  • National Microbiome Funding 2016/2017
  • Where is NSF Going & Why & Where Will the $s Be?
  • An Overview of the Big Data Strategic Plan
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

May 2016 Issue (AppsState login required)

  • Where Proposals Run Off the Road
  • Human Health-Related Funding at NSF: Dos and Don'ts
  • Benefits of Packing Your Own Funding Chute
  • Tracking the 2017 Federal Research Budgets
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

April 2016 Issue (AppsState login required)

  • How Readers Read Your Proposal 
  • Organizing the Proposal Narrative
  • Helping Your Junior Faculty: Successful Models
  • The Chronicle of Proposal Flaws
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

March 2016 issue (AppState login required)

  • Making Copy-and-Paste Illegal
  • NSF INCLUDES: Success Is All About Scalability 
  • The Generic Management Plan
  • FY 2017: Funding Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

February 2016 issue (ASU login required)

  • Big Data and the Internet of Things
  • Big Data and Agricultural Research Funding
  • Heads-up: New NSF GPG Requirements
  • The Jackson Pollock Narrative
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

January 2016 issue (ASU login required)

  • Private Foundations that Fund Academic Research: a Quick Guide
  • Research Narrative Knowledge Base
  • Write like you are the Reviewer
  • Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

December 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • Avoiding the Mule's Kick at NSF (Agency Standards for Research Misconduct)
  • 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
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

November 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • NSF's New Public Access Plan
  • Proposals for Basic Research: Why you need a theoretical framework
  • Win Your Grant on Page 1
  • The Proposal Editor's Checklist
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities

October 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • Planning Your 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 Propopsal
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

September 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

August 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities 

July 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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 (Grant Writing)
  • What NSF Expects to See in Your Narrative
  • Agency Research News
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

June 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • Confessions of a Grumpy Reviewer (Grant Writing)
  • CAREER Heads-up: Don't let this happen to you (NSF Proposal Requirements)
  • Topics in Brief: EAC at NSF; Antimicrobials
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies 

May 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • 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
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops, & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

April 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Grants are Awarded Not Annointed (information on agency websites)
  • New Directions in Broadening Participation
  • Writing as a Team
  • Agency Models for Introduction & Background
  • Helping Reviewers Do the Math
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports, Workshops, & Roadmaps
  • New Funding Opportunities
  • About Academic Research Funding Strategies

March 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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

February 2015 issue (ASU login required)

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

January 2015 issue (ASU login required)

  • Counseling PI's on Broader Impact
  • Writing Successful Grants in the Humanities
  • Two New NSF Funding Mechanisms
  • Strategies for Preparing a Site Visit
  • Research Grant Writing Web Sources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Sources

December 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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 (research misconduct)
  • Webinars: EHR Core and IUSE Programs

November 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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?

October 2014 issue (ASU login required)

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

September 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • Mentoring Students Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
  • Defining Your NSF Science and Technology Centers Grand Challenge
  • Role of the Grant Therapist in Funding Success
  • Drilling for Energy Funding at NSF
  • New Funding Opportunities

August 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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

July 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • NSF’s New Advanced Technology Education solicitation
  • Funding Rates: Actual and Real
  • Help New Faculty Give Birth to Fundable Ideas
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions (NSF RUI)

June 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • Research Narrative Integration Strategies
  • Diversity Topics and Directions at NIH
  • Using Databases of Previous Awards

May 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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

April 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • NSF’s New Research Traineeship Program
  • Opportunities for Social Science Funding at NSF
  • DARPA’s New Biological Technologies Office
  • Eliminate Ambiguity in the Research Narrative

March 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • Decoding NSF for Funding Success (with focus on the Cyberlearning program)
  • Strategic Planning for Funding Diversity
  • NIH Concepts: Anticipating Future Funding
  • NSF Budget FY2014: Focus Matters Most
  • FY2015 Preliminary Federal Research Budgets

February 2014 issue (ASU login required)

  • Writing the NIH BUILD Application
  • Funding Favors the Strategically Prepared
  • Idea Labs: What are They and Why at NSF?
  • There is More to HHS than NIH
  • Avoid a Cognitive Tax on Your Narrative
  • Insider Tips to Boost your Chance of Funding Success at NIH

January 2014 issue (ASU login required)

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

December 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • New NSF Education and Human Resources (EHR) Programs: EHR Core, IUSE and REAL
  • Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
  • Transformed GRF and IGERT Mean New Metrics
  • ARPA-E Funds Applied Not Basic Research
  • STEM Attrition: Paths into and out of STEM

November 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • Searching the Foundation 990 for Funding
  • Your Grant-Writing Elevator Speech
  • NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Planning Strategies
  • NSF's Research Coordination Networks

October 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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
  • Collaborative International Research - Planning for Success

September 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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

August 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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

July 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • Writing the 1.5-page Practice Proposal
  • Funding Snapshot: National Institute of Justice
  • Funding Snapshot: US Department of Education
  • How NASA, USDA, and HHS/ACF Review proposals
  • Last-Minute NSF CAREER Checklist
  • National Science and Technology Council's STEM Education Strategic Plan summary

June 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • How to Go from Research Ideas to Research Dollars
  • How Proposals Are Reviewed By NSF, NIH, DoED, DOE
  • Big Changes in STEM Education Funding

May 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • USDA/AFRI Competitive Grants Program, 2014
  • Red Teaming (conducting in-depth mock reviews of proposals before submission)
  • Budgeting Strategies for Team Proposals
  • Logic Models: Scalable, Adaptable, & Versatile
  • Resources for your [NSF] CAREER Education Plan

April 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • Getting the Writing Right (how to solicit useful feedback on draft proposals)
  • Boost Your Grants IQ with RSS Feeds
  • Gain a Competitive Edge by Viewing Agency Webinars
  • Quantifying the Project Narrative
  • About the NSF Science, Engineering & Education Innovation (SEE Innovation) service

March 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • No Squishy Commitments or Weasel Clauses (about writing strong letters of support)
  • Proportionality and Sequence in the Project Narrative
  • Time to Get Started on Your NSF CAREER Proposal
  • EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research
  • The Role of Self-Assessment in Grant Success
  • Materials from NSF Grants Conference hosted by George Mason University in October 2012

February 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • The Too Kind Program Officer
  • NSF INSPIRE webinar report
  • Preparing for Transagency Research: NSF/USDA/NIFA
  • The Dictionary of Common NSF Usage
  • The Background Researcher on Proposals

January 2013 issue (ASU login required)

  • 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
  • Update: White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

December 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • From Silos to Synergy: The Yellow Brick Road of Grant Writing
  • Optimizing the Proposal Planning and Development Process
  • Why Formatting Matters, Part 2: Graphics

November 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • No Tweaking, No Nudging, No Band Aids, Please (revision & resubmission strategies)
  • The Role of BAAs in Your Funding Strategies
  • Why Formatting is Important
  • Agency Reports, Workshops & Research Roadmaps

October 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • Writing the Project Sustainability Statement
  • The NSF MRI: Avoid Common Mistakes
  • NSF New Merit Review Effective January 14
  • CADRE Toolkit: Showcasing and Advancing NSF DR K-12 Work

September 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI)
  • The Value of Institutional Transformation Proposals (e.g., NSF ADVANCE, NIH Bridges to the Baccalaureate)
  • Fellowship and graduate fellowship proposal preparation resources

August 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • Writing the DOE Early Career Preapplication
  • Writing the NSF AGEP & Webinar Report

July 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • New NSF Industrial Innovation and Partnerships division
  • Avoid the Generic [Proposal] Introduction
  • HHS/HRSA Grant Writing Web Resources

June 2012 issue (ASU login required)

  • Education research funding sources
  • Overview of Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)
  • Using NIH RePORTER to Identify Your Program at NIH

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