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We can provide comprehensive support for new faculty, faculty new to applying for funding, or those applying to new funding agencies for the first time.

  • Initial Meeting
    • Faculty can schedule a meeting with a grant writer to describe their current research, their past experience, future research plans, and funding needs. During this meeting, we can discuss and begin to set up help for any of the following.
  • Finding funding
    • Setting up funding searches and refining over time based on results
    • Suggestions for funding agency listservs to subscribe to
    • Introduction to research funding pages at relevant funding agencies and foundations
    • Advice: Finding funding is an integral part of a researcher’s job. We suggest setting aside a 1- to 2-hour timeslot weekly to peruse results of standing funding searches and tweak search criteria as needed, and to browse websites of pertinent funding agencies, foundations, and professional societies.
  • Deconstructing RFAs, solicitations and announcements
    • Where to find and how to interpret important logistics (due dates, limited submission, eligibility, etc.)
    • Interpreting the announcement and the funding agency’s mission
    • Going beyond the application announcement to understand agency goals and priorities
  • Connections with other resources at Tufts
    • Other faculty with prior experience with specific funding agencies/ grant mechanisms
    • Examples of funded Tufts proposals for some grant mechanisms
    • Other Tufts offices with resources for teaching, outreach, recruitment, foundation relations, specialized help with specific sections of an application
    • Potential collaborators/mentors
  • Help with a funding strategy plan
    • Which agencies and mechanisms make sense to apply to right away?
    • What do you need to do to prepare to apply for other agencies/mechanisms in the next few years?
    • Timelines for grant preparation
  • Preparation for interacting with your program officer or other funding agency official
    • ‘Toolkit” for contacting your program official
    • Assistance with drafting your introductory email
  • Project management tools, grantsmanship help, editing and copy-editing of proposals
  • Assistance with understanding and responding to reviews and revising proposals for resubmission