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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March 2024 (.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. 

March 2024 highlights


  • March 2024 Select List of Humanities, HSS, and Arts Opportunities & NewsWe list funding opportunities for scholars in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.
  • Summary of Changes to the PAPPG NSF 24-1 The newest revision of NSF’s Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide goes into effect May 20, 2024. We discuss changes.
  • Division of Environmental Biology Virtual Office HourWe summarize what was discussed in DEB’s recent office hour about how to write a strong proposal to DEB, and we provide links to slides and recaps of other NSF office hours.
  • NSF Ideas Labs: How They Work and Why They Are a Great Opportunity for Faculty NSF is increasingly employing the Ideas Labs model. We discuss how it works and how faculty researchers can benefit from participating.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Water Conservation We discuss an instructive example of how AI research is being conducted in the context of specific applications. This example, funded by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP),  focuses on using AI to reduce the amount of water we use and manage our use of water more effectively.
  • Cultivating Grantsmanship Among Humanities and Social Science Graduate Students We discuss why humanities and social science graduate students should apply for grants, and how they can find grant opportunities (reprinted from May 2021 issue). 
  • Strategic Uses of the Funding Solicitation We discuss how PIs should use the solicitation to inform their proposal’s structure (reprinted from May 2021 issue).