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 & Communications 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 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   NIH logo

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 and Stratgies 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

     September 26, 2014 Presentation
Handout: Comparison of Selected Programs

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

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





PUSH USDA is a UNH program to support faculty interested in pursuing competitive funding from the US Dept. of Agriculture. Selected faculty will receive focused support from the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the Research Office over a 12-month period.

Participants are invited in the late summer - early fall.

10/24/14 Webinar: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Overview

Questions?  Contact Louis Tisa at or Kathy Cataneo at


Strategic Thinking About NSF CAREER   NSF logo

This workshop 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.


Strategic Thinking About Resubmission of Your NSF Proposal  NSF logo

Best practices for timeline and milestone planning to fit the NSF mission, current priorities, proposal process, responding to reviewers' critiques, and developing collaborative partnerships.

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 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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