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Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC publishes a monthly electronic newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations.

In Each Issue

In addition to the articles listed below, each issue includes continuously updated lists of new funding opportunities and helpful resources, news and publications as follows:

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

 

May 2017
  • 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 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 (Reprinted from Volume 5, Issue 11: July 15, 2015)
April 2017
  • 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 (Reprinted from Volume 4, Issue 11: July 15, 2014)
March 2017
  • 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 from Volume 4, Issue 12: 8/15/2014)
February 2017
  • 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 from Volume 4, Issue 11: 7/2014)
January 2017
  • 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 (Reprint Volume 4, Issue 9: 5/2014)
December 2016
  • 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
November 2016
  • 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
October 2016
  • 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?
September 2016
  • 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”
August 2016
  • Understanding the Role of Your PO
  • Tensed about Tenses
  • USDA/NIFA Antimicrobial Resistance Webinar
  • Basic Grant-Writing Training Presentation
  • The Hallucinatory Proposal Narrative
July 2016
  • Avoid NSF OIG Audits for Proposal Plagiarism
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage at NSF
  • Blue Sky Proposals are not Fundable
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation
June 2016
  • 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
May 2016
  • Positioning for Smaller Team Grants
  • 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
April 2016
  • How Readers Read Your Proposal
  • Organizing the Proposal Narrative
  • Helping Your Junior Faculty: Successful Models
  • The Chronicle of Proposal Flaws
March 2016
  • Making Copy-and-Paste Illegal
  • NSF INCLUDES: Success Is All About Scalability
  • The Generic Management Plan
  • FY 2017: Funding Social & Behavioral Sciences
February 2016
  • The Jackson Pollock Narrative
  • Practical Teaming
  • Big Data and the Internet of Things
  • Big Data and Agricultural Research Funding
  • Heads-up: New NSF GPG requirements
January 2016
  • Private Foundations that Fund Academic Research: A Quick Guide
  • 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
December 2015
  • 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
November 2015
  • 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
October 2015
  • 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
September 2015
  • 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
August 2015
  • 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
July 2015
  • 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
June 2015
  • 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
May 2015
  • 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
April 2015
  • Grants Are Awarded Not Anointed
  • New Directions in Broadening Participation
  • Writing as a Team
  • Agency Models for Introduction & Background
  • Helping Reviewers Do the Math
February 2015
  • 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
  • Topics of Interest URLs
  • Counseling PIs on Broader Impacts
  • Writing Successful Grants in the Humanities
  • Two New NSF Funding Mechanisms
  • Strategies for Preparing for a Site Visit
December 2014
  • 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
November 2014
  • 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
  • Summary: Restoring the Research Foundation
  • What Is Big Data and How to Fund It
  • A Directory to NIH Resources on the Web
  • Introducing New Investigators to BAAs
  • BRAIN Research and Funding
September 2014
  • 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
August 2014
  • 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
  • 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
June 2014
  • 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
May 2014
  • 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
  • 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
 March 2014
  • 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

February 2014
  • 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
 January 2014
  • 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
  • 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
November 2013
  • 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
October 2013
  • 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
September 2013
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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
June 2013 
  • 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
May 2013 
  • USDA/AFRI Competitive Grants Program, 2014
  • Red Teaming: Scalable, Adaptable & Versatile
  • Budgeting Strategies for Team Proposals
  • Logic Models
  • Resources for Your CAREER Education Plan
April 2013
  • 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
March  2013
  • 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
February 2013 
  • 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
January 2013
  • 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
December 2012 
  • 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
November 2012 
  • 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
October 2012 
  • 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
September 2012 
  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
  • Value of Institutional Transformation Proposals
  • Too Much Data?
  • Training Topic: NSF GRF and and Ford Fellowships
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 6
  • Writing the NSF I/UCRC
August 2012 
  • 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
July 2012 
  • 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
June 2012
  • 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
May 2012
  • 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
April 2012
  • 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
March 2012
  • 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
February 2012
  • 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
January 2012
  • NSF Math/Science Partnership Webinar Report
  • Writing a Successful Project Management Plan
  • Writing Shared Use Infrastructure Grants
  • NIH Changes: NCRR Dissolved, NCATS Created
December 2011
  • 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
November 2011
  • 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
 October 2011
  • 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
September 2011
  • 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 Resubmission
August 2011
  • 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
July 2011
  • 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
June 2011
  • 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
May 2011
  • 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
April 2011
  • 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 NASAAn 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
March 2011
  • 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
February 2011
  • 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
January 2011
  • 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
December 2010
  • 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
November 2010
  • The NSF CAREER–Selecting 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
  • Grad Students and Postdocs
October 2010
  • Writing a Competitive 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 Predominately Undergraduate Institutions: Collaborating Do’s & Don’ts
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Finding Fellowships You can Apply for Now
  • Using MSPnet for K-12 STEM Proposals

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