Grant Preparation Services

Researchers pour a lot of time, passion, and energy into their grant applications, and for good reason: critical research can advance the state of the art and achieve long-term impact.

Modern research projects require custom software of some sort. The grant process requires researchers to provide up-front estimates before any software is developed or even designed.

This can be a big pitfall when you're writing the proposal. How much should you plan to budget for software and other technological requirements?

1. Services Offered

For grant writers I will help with things like:

  • Determining your total cost of software development services
  • Sifting through the exact kinds of software you'll need to build
  • Discovering creative solutions to preserve your study goals while lowering costs
  • Tips on how to gather competitive bids from dev shops
  • Avoiding common mistakes when using technological solutions in research studies

For grant reviewers I can help with things like:

  • Performing a "sanity check" of the dollar amounts being requested
  • Providing possible alternative solutions for the software being proposed
  • Doing a "background check" (security analysis) of any proposed software system
  • Detect gross underestimations or overestimations
  • Indicate any potential timeline issues, bases not covered, and other common scenarios

2. How does it work?

We start with a 45-minute videocall. Click here to pick a time that's convenient for you. We will review the proposal together and I'll provide feedback and recommendations.

This offering is independent of software construction services. Helping non-technical researchers be smart about their technology choices is simply part of my overall mission. I will not pressure you to hire us should your grant be funded! In fact, there is no obligation on your part whatsoever.

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