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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October 2021 (.pdf)

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October 2021 highlights

  • Want to Widen the Audience for Your Research? Applying for NEH’s Public Scholar ProgramThis grant program allows academics to write for a larger public audience.
  • Humanities Scholars: Applying for ACLS’s “Sustaining Public Engagement Grants” (SPEG) ACLS has invited applications to the Sustaining Public Engagement Grant Program. We discuss the program, how to apply, and resources that can help.
  • How to Write a Winning Proposal to the USDA/NIFA We discuss how to develop a strong proposal to the AFRI Foundational and Applied Science program.
  • Funding High-Risk Research Researchers are expected to explore new ideas, but reviewers want some evidence that your idea will work. We discuss how to get funding for a high-risk, high-reward idea when you don’t yet have that evidence.
  • How to Write a Winning Proposal to the Office of Naval Research When pursuing funding from ONR, it’s important to understand the differences between grants and contracts. We describe those differences.
  • What Faculty Need to Know About Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) Mission agencies often announce funding opportunities via BAAs. We discuss what they are and what they can tell faculty.
  • White Papers and Concept Papers Are Often the First Step to Funding Success We discuss what white papers and concept papers are, and how to use them to get past the first gate to funding.
  • Don’t Let Your Proposal Wear a Disguise on Halloween It’s almost Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you should disguise the great ideas in your grant proposal from your reviewers (reprinted from Halloween 2012).