Spring is finally here after a rainy and cold winter in the Piedmont of the deep south. The azaleas, cherry trees, and dogwoods are beautiful, but they pale in comparison to the super bloom of wildflowers in California. Speaking as a native Californian, I am glad the drought is over, but frequent rain in Georgia is getting tiresome. As a girl, I remember taking a weekend drive with my parents and grandparents to see the flowers. I don’t remember the year or where we went, but I remember the car(s). It was either the 1961 Plymouth (push buttons instead of a gear shift) or the 1964 Ford Fairlane. That was a long time ago. Perhaps that trip started me on my career as a plant biologist. [Read more…]
A new year always begins with good intentions. 2017 was that way. I had good plans to curate non-federal research grant opportunities every month and include a short blog post about grant proposal writing or the post-academic life. That lasted until April.
So, what happened?
Referrals for substantive grant proposal and manuscript consulting work happened. [Read more…]
Not all research funding comes from federal awards. There are other sources of funds out there if you know where to look. It’s far from comprehensive, but I’ve stumbled on some of the smaller and more obscure sources of funding through a couple of free subscription services. I’ve curated them for the benefit of the research community. Ideally, I plan to send this out monthly depending on the application submission dates, so investigators have time to apply. Nothing is worse than finding the perfect opportunity, but not enough lead-time to prepare a competitive application. Keep in mind this isn’t grants.gov, The Foundation Center, or the sponsored programs office, but check out the information below for some grants for environmental and conservation research.
If this isn’t your research area,don’t worry, I’ll be covering other topics include biomedical opportunities.
The Grant Science Journal subscribers will be the first to receive this information before it shows up here.
Deb Cook PhD
Update: Quantitative Viral Ecology: Dynamics of Viruses and Their Microbial Hosts won the award for best postgraduate textbook from the Royal Society of Biology.
Research grant consulting has great benefits. Reviewing and editing the proposals keeps me current in across the life sciences. In fields outside the life sciences, I serve as your colleague and novice or lay expert reviewer from another department. About two years ago, a book editing opportunity came my way through Twitter. In a Twitter conversation Jung Choi @jung_gt was following, someone complained about not getting research grants funded or leaving science and replied “or hire my wife” @grantsciencelab. In less than five minutes, his colleague Joshua Weitz, who was also following the conversation and said, “What’s this about hiring your wife?” [Read more…]
It’s that time of year again. How did July arrive so fast? Deferred home maintenance and the necessary home improvement kept my attention for most of the Spring and away from consulting. Career proposals are due between 7/20/2016 & 7/22/2016 depending on the directorate, but you knew that already. Last year, I summarized a dissertation on successful NSF Career Proposals into a free 10 page guide, Secrets of Successful NSF Career Proposals. Just click on the title to enter your information to receive the report. Use this handy guide to polish your proposal narrative for submission later this month.
Enjoy the summer. It’s time to get caught up on all that deferred research, renovation, and most importantly rest. Don’t forget to have some fun too. The academic grind will begin all too soon in August for many. It’s also not too late to lock in review plan pricing for the rest of the year. My flat fees will go up on or around August 1. You can get on the list here.
Deb Cook PhD