Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Research Development, the Grant Writer/Proposal Specialist will support the RII office and the Research Institutes and Transdisciplinary Centers for Advanced Study along with individual Principal Investigators and multidisciplinary teams as appropriate to provide substantive technical grant writing and proposal management support for large, complex, and/or interdisciplinary grant proposals. This position will also provide administrative assistance and coordination across proposal team members, external collaborators as needed, and Mason's Office of Sponsored Programs.
About Research and Innovation Initiatives Department:
The Research and Innovation Initiatives (RII) fosters a dynamic, supportive and growing research ecosystem. Provides support for the Mason faculty-postdoc-student community through programs, offices, centers and institutes including:
Research Development Services
University Research Centers
Research Core Facilities
Institute for Biohealth Innovation
Institute for a Sustainable Earth
Institute for Digital Innovation (in formation, launch Spring 2020)
Collectively these organizations are focused on supporting, connecting, communicating about, and convening researchers internally and with external partners. The Institutes are the primary way in which George Mason is organizing and supporting multidisciplinary research in the three identified strategic research areas for the university. University Centers are multidisciplinary research centers that are chartered at the university level to support targeted research in areas of high impact. Research Development Services assists the Mason faculty-postdoc-student community with the identification of external funding opportunities and the development of high quality proposals, sponsored projects and translational activities. University Core Facilities, including the Office of Research Computing, MRI Facility, and others, are cutting edge facilities that are available to all members of the Mason research community. In total, this set of activities and resources are intended to create a vibrant supportive university environment where members of the Mason research community can thrive.
Oversee and coordinate the development of proposals for strategically important, large and/or interdisciplinary grant mechanisms.
Assist PIs and proposal development teams interpret grant solicitation requirements, develop proposal writing plans and timelines, coordinate and oversee team responsibilities, and ensure that all proposal development tasks are completed in accordance with internal and external deadlines.
Coordinate with individuals at various levels and offices throughout Mason to help shepherd projects through the proposal development and submission process.
Ensure successful integration of all grant components and compliance with all funding solicitation and sponsor requirements; cross-walking the proposal content with the solicitation requirements. May include collaborating with other proposal development staff, department/college fiscal and administrative staff, and staff in Office of Sponsored Programs.
Participate in meetings or discovery activities to inform assignments; keep informed regarding relevant topics and initiatives, particularly topics related to grant writing and sponsor expectations/guidelines.
Identify elements of proposals that may need to be included in proposal budgets, and identify appropriate departmental or centralized administrative staff to assist with technical budget development.
Grant Writing and Editing
In close collaboration with researchers/principal investigators (PIs), contribute to the grant application writing and provide comprehensive editorial review of research proposals.
Work collaboratively with PIs and other proposal faculty drafting non-technical sections as well as providing significant input into the content, organization, wording, and tone of the full document.
Provide assistance with formatting and editing of figures and other graphical proposal elements.
Proofread/edit written copy prior to submission, ensuring readability, typographical/grammatical correctness, appropriate formatting, and completeness.
Create a Repository of Proposal and Proposal Section Exemplars
Identify proposal elements (e.g., Facilities, Budget Justification, Post-Doctoral Mentoring Plan, Data and Safety Monitoring Plan, etc.) for specific funding agencies (NSF, NIH, DoD, Dept. of Ed., etc.) and where appropriate, create or pull from funded Mason applications, boilerplate exemplars that PIs can use or adapt for proposals
Reach out to faculty to request permission to share funded proposal exemplars with other Mason faculty.
Work with Mason Research Institutes and Center (along with the Mason libraries) to identify proposal exemplars.
Bachelor's degree in English, Communications, or other relevant writing-focused or scientific field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience
Demonstrates experience in grant application/proposal development
Knowledge of federal funding opportunities and various funding agency requirements and proposal submission procedures
Excellent technical/proposal writing skills
Master's degree in English, Communications, or other relevant writing-focused or scientific field.
3-5 years of experience in grant application/proposal development
Experience with complex proposal development for federal funding
Experience working with multidisciplinary teams
Experience in a large, dispersed university environment
Salary: $60,000 - $70,000. Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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