Six Easy Online Tools Every Grant Seeker Should Use

Funders proliferate mission and vision statements across their communications, which should, in theory, make it easy for grant seekers to strategically align their applications with funders’ expectations. Often, however, mission and vision statements can be too broad to help individual grant seekers determine the goodness of fit for individual projects, resulting in a waste of time and effort.

Web sites can be useful resources if they are kept current, but they, too, are often formal and fairly general, and research highlighted on web sites provides a glance in the rearview mirror—that research was funded years ago, which doesn’t help you necessarily understand what’s winning awards now.

Here at Strategic Grantsmanship, it’s all about efficiency and how to win more grant money in less time. Time unnecessarily spent on the grants treadmill indiscriminately pursuing every opportunity that comes your way and might be a fit for your project keeps you away from what you really want to be doing, whether that’s working in the field or lab, running your business, or running with your dog. So here are six easy online tools I use to efficiently achieve insight into the current wants, needs, and interests of potential funders and accurately gauge if a funding opportunity is worth pursuing. Continue reading “Six Easy Online Tools Every Grant Seeker Should Use”

Updating Your Business Plan–Whether You Are a Small Business or a Researcher

Around this time every year, I update my business plan and encourage my collaborators–whether business or scientific–to do the same. The business and funding climate constantly changes, so updating your business plan allows you to identify the key elements of success and objectively assess the current state of those elements in your business. This topic has gotten a little more traction than usual this autumn with the buzz around the proposed changes to the US federal tax code (which look to have a number of direct and indirect impacts on independent consultants and remote employees), so I thought I would write a brief post of encouragement with some tips and resources. Continue reading “Updating Your Business Plan–Whether You Are a Small Business or a Researcher”