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.




Finding Funding - Strategies and Search Tools


Effective strategies for identifying funding opportunities for your project include more than just searching a database. This workshop will introduce a range of approaches and tools that help make searching for funding more productive and efficient.

The workshop, presented by Research Development  and Foundation Relations, will include:

  • strategies to manage and optimize funding opportunity searches
  • overview of tools provided on the Research Office web site and on other web sites
  • interactive introduction to using the Foundation Directory Online

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own laptops/devices so they can get hands-on experience with the resources discussed.

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

Attendance: Open - UNH community

November 14, 2014 Workshop



Ways to Search for Funding Opportunities   (Available online here.)
Evaluating a Funding Opportunity
10 Questions When Researching Foundation Prospects


Fulbright Programs to Foster International Scholarship   Fulbright logo

This presentation by a Fulbright program director will:

  • Provide information on the different Fulbright options for faculty
  • Give advice on preparing a competitive application and the logistics of country selection/university affiliation
  • Discuss outcomes and benefits of a Fulbright award

Primary Audience: Faculty

Attendance: Open

Presentations from UNH Fulbright Day, April 7, 2015

Peter VanDerwater, Director of Outreach
Fulbright Scholar Program

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Programs 2015

Daniel Kramer, Director
Fulbright U.S. Student Program

U.S. Student Fulbright Programs 2015


Other Resources

The Fulbright Program,
U.S. Dept. of State

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Fulbright Scholars Program

     The Fulbright Experience
      (~10 minute video)

     Tips for Fulbright Sucess
     (short videos re: writing proposals,
     reference letters, interviewing,
     and more)


Have questions about the Fulbright Programs?


Contact the UNH Fulbright Faculty Scholar Liaison:

Lynnette Hentges


Contact the UNH Student Fulbright Campus Representative:

Jeanne Sokolowski



UNH Faculty Fulbright Scholars

UNH Fulbright Specialists


UNH Fulbright Scholars, 1981-2014


Did you receive a Fulbright
award while at an
institution other
than UNH?
We want to know about it!
Please fill out this form
and send it to:

Read more about the Fulbright Scholars Program and UNH's faculty Fulbrighters in the
Spring 2015 UNH International  Educator, the newsletter of UNH global engagement.



Fundamentals of the NIH Grants Process and RePORT   NIH logo

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research staff 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 11, 2015


Funding Opportunities and Strategies for Early Career Investigators

This seminar conducted bythe Research Development Office 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

     October 22, 2015 Presentation

Slides (with links to resources and handouts)

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

Links to funding opportunities for post-docs can be found here.



Making Your NSF CAREER Proposal Count     Logo for UNH Program-Making Your NSF CAREER Proposal Count

This series of workshops provides information and assistance to all potential applicants to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER).  Participating faculty will receive focused support from the Research Development Office until application (re)submission.

Topics include:

  • Strategic Thinking About the NSF Career Proposal
  • Preparing to Contact and Meet With NSF Program Officer(s)
  • Insights From and Conversations With Recent UNH NSF CAREER Awardees and Reviewers
  • Broadening Your Broader Impacts
  • Brokering Partnerships

Applications for 2015-2016 are due by 9:00 AM on December 11, 2015.

Application Form

Questions? Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357.



Meet the USDA USDA logo

The USDA has a wide range of programs that may be appropriate to support UNH research, education, and outreach activities. This workshop conducted bythe Research Development Office will provide an overview of USDA’s mission, organization, priorities, grant programs and their target audiences, and funding opportunities, and suggest tools and strategies for learning more.

October 9, 2015  Presentation




USDA Competitive Grant Programs (NonNIFA) For UNH
USDA - Tools and strategies for learning more






PUSH USDA is a UNH program to support faculty interested in pursuing funding from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture/Agriculture and Food Research Initiative competitive grants programs.

Participating faculty will receive focused support from the Research Development Office until application (re)submission.

Applications for 2015-2016 are due by 9:00 AM on October 26, 2015.

Program Overview and Application Instructions
Application Form


Questions? Contact Kathy Cataneo at


Strategic Thinking About NSF CAREER   NSF logo

This workshop conducted by the Research Development Office for untenured, tenure-track faculty will provide an overview of the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, including:

•Eligibility and Applicability
•Proposal Submission Decision
•Proposal Planning and Preparation
•Proposal Submission

Questions? Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357.



Strategies for Success with the US DOE Early Career Research Program  US DOE logo


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


Understanding Funding in the U.S. Department of Education   US ED logo

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is the primary research arm of the U.S. Department of Education (US ED). IES operates differently from the other US ED divisions, with its own proposal format, scoring system, and review process. Developing a better understanding of the purpose, structure, and initiatives of IES – within the context of the Department – will enable UNH researchers to be more competitive with their proposals.

The UNH Research Office and the UNH Department of Education are pleased to co-host a workshop conducted by Dr. Marjorie Piechowski, Director Emerita of Research Support, College of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who will help demystify US ED’s IES and other US ED programs of interest to UNH.

The learning objectives of the presentation include:

  • Understand the purpose and structure of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)
  • Learn about the many grant programs available to higher education
  • Understand standard proposal components for IES and ED grants
  • Become familiar with the IES and ED review processes and scoring systems

September 26, 2014 Presentation © Marjorie Piechowski



UP-2-NIH     UP-2-NIH logo

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 Development 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



Research Development

Kathryn B. Cataneo
Director of Research


Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate



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