Research Development & Grant Writing News

This newsletter provides recent federal agency and foundation developments, news on funding opportunities and tips to improve grantsmanship and increase proposal competitiveness.

The monthly newsletter, published by  Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC, typically addresses the following topics:

  • Information on new and continuing solicitations (most commonly federal)
  • Articles and links to topics of interest to grant writers
  • Analysis of sponsor policies, financials and activities
  • Suggestions for successful team and consortium building efforts


Current issue

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January 2023 (.pdf)

Contact Doug Bornemann if you would like to view past issues of Research Development & Grant Writing News. Find below the highlights of the current issue. 

January 2023 highlights

  • January 2023 Select List of Humanities, HSS, and Arts Opportunities & NewsWe list funding opportunities for scholars in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.
  • Recent Funding and Advocacy News in the Humanities and Arts We discuss the 2023 omnibus spending bill and funding for the humanities.
  • Give a Wide Berth to Potential Plagiarism We discuss NSF’s advice on how to avoid plagiarism in proposals.
  • Advice and Resources for Your NSF MRI Proposal  We update advice on how to write a strong NSF MRI proposal based on the new solicitation, and we provide generic project description outlines and a checklist.
  • Seven Newly Posted DOE/SC Workforce FOAs Workforce development is a big priority of the Biden administration. We discuss funding opportunities recently released by DOE focused on workforce development. 
  • The First Response to a BAA is Often a White Paper If you’re responding to a broad agency anouncement, be prepared to write a white paper. We discuss the process. 
  • Too Much Why and Not Enough How We discuss a common proposal mistake: wasting space describing an obvious need, while neglecting to describe how you will actually meet it (reprinted from the July 2014 issue).
  • Faculty Writing Groups In the Humanities We discuss how faculty writing groups can help faculty in the humanities (reprinted from the March 2020 issue).
  • Funding Rates: Actual and Real Funding rates can seem dauntingly low, but are they really indicators of your likelihood of success?(reprinted from the July 2014 issue)