Grant Seeking Skills and Tools

Grant Seeking Skills and Tools

These tools and programs are designed to help researchers enhance their skills for seeking funding for research and scholarly activity.

Check the Research Office Workshop/Seminar Calendar regularly to see what programs will be offered each month.



Federal Research Update Webinars

Key federal agencies communicated their annual updates on research priorities and budgets in a Federal Research Update webinar series that was broadcast live from Washington D.C. from Wednesday, October 31 through Friday, November 2, 2012. The Bipartisan Policy Center also presented a webinar: The Sequester: Mechanics and Impact.   

Information about the structure and mission of the agencies is particularly relevant and extends beyond the Fiscal Year discussed in the seminars.

Agencies that presented updates:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
  • Department of Education, National Center for Education Research (US ED/NCER)
  • Department of Energy, Office of Science (DOE)
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA)
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

The webcast was presented by The State University System of Florida in partnership with the University of Missouri and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Audience: Faculty, research staff, post-docs and graduate students

Attendance: Open - UNH community

Agenda, speakers biographies, slides and videos of the webinars are available at:

Slides and videos also are available on our Federal Sponsor Updates page.


Finding Funding - Search Tools and How to Use Them

A “how-to” session that provides:

  • introduction to tools provided on the Research Office web site, by sponsors, and on other web sites
  • strategies to manage and optimize funding opportunity searches

Primary Audience: Faculty, research staff, post-docs and graduate students

Attendance: Open - UNH community

Presentation from April 4, 2013 Workshop


Fulbright Programs to Foster International Scholarship

This seminar presents an overview of the range of opportunities provided by the Fulbright Program for mid-career and senior faculty to conduct research and teach abroad, as well as to host international scholars, and provides personal perspectives of UNH faculty who have been Fulbright scholars. Information about UNH resources to support Fulbright awardees also is provided.

Primary Audience: Mid-career and senior faculty

Attendance: Open

Presentation and Handouts from
March 19, 2013 UNH Fulbright Day

Presentation by Caitlin McNamara,
Fulbright Program Director

Fulbright US Scholars Program Overview
Fulbright Specialist Program Overview
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program Overview
Fulbright Occasional Lecturer Fund Overview

Other Resources

Resources for Applicants

The Fulbright Experience (~10 minute video)

Tips for Fulbright Sucess and other short videos
re: reference letters, interviewing, etc.




      Faculty Fulbright     

Lynnette W. Hentges


UNH Fulbright Faculty Scholars      

UNH Fulbright Visiting Scholars     

UNH Fulbright Specialists


   Did you receive a Fulbright Award   
while at an institution other
than UNH?

We want to know about it!

Please send an email with the dates,
country, host institution,
and Fulbright discipline
of your award to:



Fundamentals of the NIH Grants Process and RePORT

Megan Columbus, Director, Communications and Outreach, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research, will present a webinar covering the fundamentals of NIH and the NIH grants process. A Q&A period will follow.

Topics will include:

  •          Mission and Organization of NIH
  •          Finding the Right Funding Opportunity
  •          Identifying the Right NIH Contacts
  •          How the Application and Review Processes Work
  •          Understanding NIH Resources
  •          Using the RePORT Tool

Primary Audience: Faculty, research staff,  post-docs, and grad students, particularly those conducting biomedical or behavioral research

Attendance: Open

Slides:    Fundamentals of the NIH Grants Process and RePORT, September 12, 2014

Download the video here (available until 9/30/14)


Funding Opportunities for New/Early Career Investigators

This seminar presents strategies and resources for taking advantage of the special funding opportunities provided to early-career scholars by federal agencies, not-for-profits, professional societies and other sponsors.

Primary Audience: Faculty, research staff, post-docs and graduate students

Attendance: Open - UNH community

     Lists of funding opportunitites for new/early career investigators can be found here.


Making Your NSF-forts Count

A semester-long initiative by the Research Development and Communications office in partnership with UNH Cooperative Extension, Making Your NSF-forts Count  is designed to provide participants with (1) a strategic approach to developing a competitive proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and (2) advice and tools to incorporate broader impacts activities in the proposed project.

Primary Audience: tenure-track, research, and extension faculty interested in submitting proposals to NSF

Participants are selected through an application process that occurs in the fall.

Questions?  Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357


Strategies for Success with the US DOE Early Career Research Program

Dr. Kristin Bennett, Senior Science Advisor, Van Scoyoc and Associates, and 20-year veteran DOE program officer will present advice for strategic alignment of proposals with DOE interests, proposal enhancement, and “tricks of the trade.” 
            DOE Early Career Research Program website

Primary Audience: Untenured, tenure-track assistant and associate professors, no more than 10 years beyond the Ph.D., working in areas of interest to DOE’s Office of Science

Attendance: By invitation; RSVP required



UP-2-NIH is a UNH program to support faculty interested in pursuing competitive funding from the National Institutes of Health. Selected faculty will receive focused support from the Research Office over a 12-month period.

Participants are selected through an application process that occurs in the summer.

Questions?  Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357


Contact Information


Research Development and Communications

Kathryn B. Cataneo
Director of Research Development & Communications


Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate


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