Positioning for Grant Seeking Success

Will you and your project be competitive when applying for grants? 

Here are strategies to position yourself to succeed in grant seeking -- assessing readiness, getting to know potential funders, building relationships with program officers, and becoming a reviewer -- and  some practical advice on how to implement them.

Positioning Oneself to Succeed in Grantseeking, 4/22/19     Presentation Slides
Success in obtaining funding for research or scholarly activity is more likely if the investigator has laid a solid groundwork and can communicate ideas effectively to potential funders. This worksho presents advice for: targeting one’s efforts, framing research and scholarly goals as fundable ideas; articulating the human impact/ real-life applications of research/scholarship; the purposes of proposals; and gathering needed information. Assistance and resources available through the Research Development Office, including readiness assessment tools, also are discussed.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kathy Cataneo
Director, Research Development
Phone: (603) 862-0357
k.cataneo@unh.edu

Lynnette Hentges
Senior Associate, Research Development
Phone: (603) 862-2002
lynnette.hentges@unh.edu

Michael Thompson
Senior Associate, Research Development
Phone: (603) 862-5255
michael.thompson@unh.edu

GRANT READINESS SELF-ASSESSMENT

PROJECT INVENTORY WORKSHEET - Individual:    xlsx   pdf

PROJECT INVENTORY WORKSHEET - Team:   xlsx   pdf

Learning about sponsors’ missions, priorities, and grant making processes will help you determine the best source of funding for your projects.

Start at Sponsor Types
 
Explore Sponsors’ Resources
  • Home page features
  • “About” web site section
  • Strategic plans
  • Research priorities
  • Budget requests
  • Annual reports
  • Serve as a reviewer
  • Webinars
  • Grants conferences and offerors’ days
  • Contact with staff at conferences and meetings
  • Advisory boards
 
Read Research Development and Grant Writing News

This monthly newsletter available to the UNH community provides timely advice on funding opportunities and how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and from foundations. New issues, published mid-month, are emailed to the Research Office PI/PD List.

Current and back issues are available in Box: https://unh.box.com/s/k5vaso4469fj4nnbbr6jhagbwku0nxo0

 
See What Sponsors Have Funded
  • Use Dimensions a linked research knowledge system
  • Search the sponsor’s database:
CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention Funding Profiles
CNCS Corporation for National and Community Service Results of Grant Competitions
DHHS Dept. of Health and Human Services Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System (TAGGS)
DOC Dept. of Commerce
(Includes DOC, NOAA, NTIA, EDA, CENSUS, and other DOC units)
Award Search
DoD Dept. of Defense DoD Grant Awards
DoD – CDMRP Dept. of Defense -- Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Search Awards
DOE Dept. of Energy Award Search
DOJ -- OJP Dept. of Justice -- Office of Justice Programs  OJP Grant Award Data
DOL -- ETA Dept. of Labor -- Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Grants Awarded
ED -- IES Dept. of Education -- Institute of Education Sciences Funded Research Grants and Contracts 
EPA  Environmental Protection Agency Integrated Grants Management System (IGMS)
HRSA Health Resources & Service Administration Grant Awards
IMLS Institute of Museum and Library Services IMLS Awarded Grants
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration Grant Stats
NEA National Endowment for the Arts Grant Search
NEH National Endowment for the Humanities Funded Projects
NIH National Institutes of Health RePORTER
NOAA -- CPO National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Climate Program Office Federal Funding Recipients
NSF National Science Foundation FastLane Award Search
SBIR-STTR Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) SBIR and STTR Awards
TRB Transportation Research Board Research in Progress 
USDA US Dept. of Agriculture Current Research Information System (CRIS)
USDA -- NIFA USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture NIFA Gateway
     
All agencies National Archives Records of Federal Domestic Contracts, Grants, and Awards
All agencies Research.gov Research Spending & Results
(Only NSF and NASA awards as of July 2019)
All agencies USA Spending Federal Award Data

 

A key to successful grant seeking is to build on-going relationships with Program Officers (also known as Program Area Priority Contacts, Program Contacts, National Program Leaders, Program Staff, Technical Points of Contact).

Relationships with the program officers can allow you to gain valuable decision-making information, both before and after you submit your proposal. By making this intellectual connection, you can draw on the program officer’s experience in your research area and in the sponsor’s priorities, preferences, and processes.

Successful awardees consistently and overwhelmingly attest to importance of this relationship building.
 

Role of the Program Officer (may vary somewhat with sponsor)
 
Before Submission
  • Serves as the “face” of the program
  • Cultivates new/the best ideas
  • Provides informal feedback re: project match with program
  • Reviews submitted LOIs for match with program
During Review
  • Manages the peer review process
  • Makes recommendations for funding based on peer reviews and other factors
  • Communicates outcomes of review to applicants
After Review
  • Provides feedback and consultation on declined proposals
  • Manages award administration
  • Reports performance, summaries, success stories and highlights to the sponsor
  • Provides program communication, including outreach and promotion

 

Ways to Contact Program Officers
  • Send an email to request a phone conversation or in-person visit
  • Meet at professional meetings/conferences – serendipitous or scheduled
  • Attend sponsor-hosted grants conferences, proposer days, etc.
  • Watch for and attend program officer visits to UNH

 

Tips and Hints

Effective Practices for Contacting Program Officers at Federal Agencies

Can We Talk-Contacting Program Officers --- Robert Porter

What to Say - and Not Say - to Program Officers --- Chronicle of Higher Education

Advice for Meeting Directors at NSF --- Richard Nader

One of the best ways to learn how to craft a competitive proposal is to serve as a reviewer. In addition to providing you with a chance to see a range of proposals (effective and not-so-effective), reviewing helps you become familiar with a particular grant program and/or sponsor, build your relationship with the program officer, learn how the sponsor’s review criteria are interpreted by other reviewers, and network with colleagues in your field. It is also a way to provide service to your discipline.

This article and the comments after it provide additional insights: Why I Became a Grant Reviewer.

Most federal agencies are always seeking to add to their rosters of potential reviewers to ensure a sufficient level of expertise and skill is present in the review panels without conflicts of interest.

Follow the links below to volunteer to be a peer review for these sponsors. If the sponsor/program you’re interested in isn’t listed, send an email to the program officer and ask!

Helpful hints

Before (and after) applying, be sure your website, c.v., and other online professional profiles are up-to-date and include relevant keywords about your research areas.

Before applying, get a unique personal identifier by signing up for an ORCID iD and authorizing ORCID to link up your publications.

Before applying, familiarize yourself with the sponsor’s mission and the program’s goals.

When applying, be sure to(1) highlight relevant background and experience, not just your scholarly credentials, e.g., work and volunteer experience, college education, working with at risk youth, grants you have written or managed, completed research studies or articles, etc., and (2) explain why you will be a good reviewer for that sponsor and program.

 

Sponsor Links
ACF -- Administration for Children and Families

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/faqs-on-the-acf-review-process

ANA -- Administration for Native Americans

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ana/grants/ana-objective-panel-review

CB -- Children’s Bureau

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/discretionary-grant-reviewer-application-process

FYSB -- Family and Youth Services Bureau

Basic Center Program
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/resource/grant-reviewer-bcp-2016

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/resource/grant-reviewer-fvpsa-2016

Street Outreach Program
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/resource/grant-reviewer-sop-2016

OCS -- Office of Community Services

Community Economic Development
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ocs/resource/ced-reviewers

ACL -- Administration for Community Living (formerly US ED/NIDRR)

https://acl.gov/grants/peer-review-opportunities

DOE -- Dept. of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/volunteer-be-reviewer

DOJ - Dept. of Justice
BJA -- Bureau of Justice Assistance – Office of Justice Programs

https://www.bja.gov/FAQDetail.aspx?ID=191

NIJ – National Institute of Justice

https://nij.gov/funding/reviews/pages/peer-reviewers.aspx

OJJDP -- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

E-mail a current résumé or curriculum vitae to OJPPeerReview@lmbps.com. Write "Peer Reviewer Candidate" in the subject line. Applicants should indicate their juvenile justice-related knowledge and experience, including: gangs, mentoring, girls' delinquency, children's exposure to violence, substance abuse, tribal juvenile justice, Internet crimes against children, and more.

DOL -- Dept. of Labor
Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

https://www.doleta.gov/doc/grant_panelist.cfm

DOT -- Dept. of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration – TMIP Peer Review Program

https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/tmip/resources/peer_review_program/process_guide/

ED -- Dept. of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/peer-reviewers/peer-reviewers-faq.html

EPA -- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Send an e-mail request including a brief CV to Benjamin Packard (packard.benjamin@epa.gov) of EPA’s Peer Review Division.

Fulbright Faculty Scholars

https://www.cies.org/program/peer-review

HRSA -- Health Resources and Services Administration

https://www.hrsa.gov/grants/reviewers/index.html

IMLS -- Institute for Museum and Library Services

https://www.imls.gov/grants/peer-review

NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration

https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels
If you don't see anything relevant on this list, then write to the program officer who runs the program that most closely aligns with your expertise. You can find contact information for all of them at the 
Program Officers List.

NEA -- National Endowment for the Arts

Send an email to panelistforms@arts.gov

NEH -- National Endowment for the Humanities

https://securegrants.neh.gov/signup/

NIH -- National Institutes of Health (NIH)

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer/becoming_peer_reviewer.htm

Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program

https://public.csr.nih.gov/FAQs/ReviewersFAQs/ECRProgram

NSF -- National Science Foundation

https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/merit_review/reviewer.jsp

SAMHSA -- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/review/grant-reviewer-application

USDA -- Dept. of Agriculture
ARS -- Agricultural Research Service

https://www.ars.usda.gov/office-of-scientific-quality-review-osqr/be-a-peer-reviewer/

NIFA -- National Institute of Food and Agriculture

https://prs.nifa.usda.gov/prs/preLogin.do?page=welcome