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 includes:

  • strategies to manage and optimize funding opportunity searches
  • overview of tools provided on the Research Office web site and on other web sites

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

Attendance: Open - UNH community



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

Have questions about the Fulbright Programs?
UNH Fulbright Faculty Scholar Liaison:

UNH Student Fulbright Campus Representative:

Other Resources
Fulbright Scholars Program

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

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright Experience (~10 minute video)

Fulbright Scholar Core Programs 2016

Fulbright Scholar Specialist Program 2016

Fulbright Visiting Scholars - Outreach Lecturing Fund

Opportunities for U.S. Higher Education Administrators and Institutions to Participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program

For Fulbright Alumini

Building on Your Fulbright Experience

Fulbright Alumni Flyer 2016

Tips for Fulbright Sucess


(short videos re: writing proposals, reference letters, interviewing, and more)

The UNH Fulbright Experience
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

     September 8, 2016 Presentation

Slides (with handouts and links to resources)

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)
  • Structuring a Research Plan
  • Developing an Education Plan
  • Insights From and Conversations With Recent UNH NSF CAREER Awardees and Reviewers
  • Broadening Your Broader Impacts
  • Partnerships for Broader Impacts
  • Assessment & Evaluation
  • Biosketch, Other Documents, Finishing Touches, and Developing Submission Timeline

Applications for participation in the 2016-2017 cohort are due by 5:00 PM on December 12, 2016.

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.

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:

  • PI eligibility and applicability
  • An overview of the NSF solicitation and CAREER program expectations
  • What to do to start preparing to submit
  • An outline of the research plan, education plan, and broader impacts sections of the proposal
  • Anticipated dates and topics for the 2016-17 UNH NSF CAREER program
  • When and how to apply to become a member of this year’s cohort for the UNH Making Your NSF CAREER Proposal Count program

Questions? Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357.



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

DOE Early Career Research Program website

Information Session:

  • Overview of the pre-application process
  • Assistance with identifying DOE program/sub-program “fit”
  • UNH and external  consultant resources available for pre-application review and continued assistance for applicants invited to submit full proposals

Proposal Workshop:

Dr. Kristin Bennett, Senior Science Advisor, Van Scoyoc and Associates, and 20-year veteran DOE program officer will offer expert guidance on how to write competitively to this DoE program. UNH DOE Early Career Research awardees Xiaowei Teng, Associate Professor of Engineering, and Kai Germaschewski, Associate Professor of Physics, will discuss their successful application processes, give tips, and answer questions.

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


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     2016 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.

Potential participants are nominated by their department chairs, invited to come to an informational meeting, and then participate in an application process that occurs in the summer. 

2016-2017 Application Process and Instructions
2016-2017 Application Form

External Mentors for UP-2-NIH: Characteristics, Expectations, and Rewards
2016-2017 Mentor Information Form

Applications  must be submitted through the UNH Internal Competition Portal.

Questions about the program?  Contact Kathy Cataneo at or 862-0357

Questions about using the Internal Competition Portal?  Contact or 862-2002



Research Development

Kathryn B. Cataneo
Director of Research


Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate



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