A strategic approach to proposal development, editing, and support.
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Fiorini & Associates provides comprehensive grant proposal development assistance to academic institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations interested in STEM-related research and educational projects. We specialize in all aspects of bid and proposal development including ideation, strategizing/sourcing, supporting documentation, outreach, writing/editing, submission, implementation, reporting, and long-term planning.
Fiorini & Associates (F&A) collectively has more than 50 years of experience with all stages of grant proposal development, peer review, administration, and reporting. Our team has served as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel on successful awards totaling more than $3.6 million. F&A has been instrumental in the administration of additional grants, ranging between $5,000 and $15 million, addressing topics as diverse as STEM education, mathematics, cell biology, computer science, genetics, forensics, cybersecurity, medical informatics, environmental science, sustainability, and international initiatives and partnerships. F&A has successfully submitted proposals to federal and state agencies (NSF, NIH, DoD, DHS, USAID, Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Environmental Protection), private foundations and professional organizations (Trexler Foundation, the Mathematical Association of America), and industry (Burroughs-Wellcome, New England Biolabs, GlaxoSmithKline, Telcordia). F&A also has conducted workshops for groups such as the International Union of Biological Sciences, the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, the Society of Leukocyte Biology, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Command Control Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, and small to mid-sized colleges and universities.
Fiorini & Associates works across multiple disciplines and sectors, identifies grant opportunities, and mentors clients through the proposal development process: ideation, strategy, research, writing, and submission.
Over 26 federal agencies directly administer more than 1000 grant programs. State and local governments provide additional grant opportunities, in some cases supported by federal funds - $750 billion in 2019 - to implement a wide variety of local public policies in areas such as healthcare, transporation, income security, education, social services, community development, and environmental protection, among others.
Beyond government-sponsored grant programs, approximately 140,000 corporations, foundations, religious organizations, and individuals offer grant opportunities for substantial awards. Sites, such as the Foundation Center and the Funding Information Network, maintain extensive databases of funding opportunities and promote access to these resources.
Current market trends and changing political, economic, and global climates compel organizations to reimagine their roles, structures, and operations, likely for the foreseeable future. Small to mid-sized academic institutions and business enterprises need funding to face these changes, and can qualify for grants either individually or in partnership (PPP) with other organizations to address issues such as infrastructure upgrade, remote learning, and social justice and sustainability. F&A positions its clients to be competitive in this environment.
Proposal development involves multiple stages, all important to success. Our services focus on our clients essential needs in the categories below. This comprehensive approach includes continual dialogue and discussion to best address the unique circumstances of every proposal. A variety of pricing structures and ancillary services provide flexibility to accommodate unusual requests and schedule training seminars for individual clients.
Generating, drafting, exploring, and discussing creative ideas with diverse team members is critical to innovative proposal development.
Strategy & Sourcing
Strong proposals communicate a compelling story through an innovative design, aligned with an appropriate funding agency.
Solicitations require varied supporting documents, which can include budgets, facilities and data management forms, support letters, and CVs.
Successful programs require early cooperation among multiple institutional offices (particularly Development), potential partner organizations, and subject matter experts.
Strong proposals capture the imagination of reviewers. A good narrative flow weaves a story that conveys organization goals and brings the program to life.
Funding agencies require specific submission instructions, protocol, and deadlines. Proposals that do not follow exact specifications are often rejected before review.
Ongoing programs require monitoring, assessing, and adjustments as they progress. Continual assessment places the program on a positive trajectory.
To ensure accurate and complete reporting, set up this stage at the beginning. Maintaining thorough records throughout the process ensures properly detailed reporting.
Pursuing opportunities that involve renewable grant cycles positions applicants to continue activities that increase the likelihood of future awards.
Fiorini & Associates will bring creative energy to idea generation. We will work with clients to identify appropriate grant-funding agencies, construct ancillary documents critical to a proposal's success, assist in identifying and communicating with institutional offices necessary to proposal submission, weave a story that captures the imagination and expresses the goals of the organization, assure client understanding of submission protocols, provide insight in administering and managing programs, assist with report planning, and make certain proposals are relevant and forward leaning. For more information on constructing competitive proposals, please contact us here.
Successful proposals are strong in all aspects of the process. Fiorini & Associates has considerable experience with all stages of proposal development across a broad range of topics. Our team has served as PI, co-PI, or senior personnel on successful grants totaling more than 3.6 million dollars. The team has been instrumental in the administration of additional grants, ranging between $5,000 and 15 million dollars and have covered topics as diverse as mathematics, education, biology, computer science, genetics, forensics, cybersecurity, environmental science, sustainability, and international state-to-state initiatives (USAID).
Eugene (Gene) Fiorini is the founder and director of Fiorini & Associates. He is the Muhlenberg College Truman Koehler Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and a former Associate Director for the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University. Dr. Fiorini has authored research papers in graph theory, combinatorial number theory, and mathematics education, as well as several textbooks, book chapters, and educational modules with an applications-based approach. He has been involved with many projects at the intersection of research, applications, and education.
Dr. Fiorini has over 25 years’ experience developing, collaborating on, and administering a broad range of proposals from local niche grants to major international/national efforts in multiple STEM fields and educational disciplines. He has sat on NSF grant review panels. He has been Principal Investigator, Co-PI, or Key Personnel on grants from the NSF, DHS, DoD, DoT, NIH, National Research Experience, USAID, Pennsylvania Department of Education, Mathematical Association of America, Trexler Foundation, Burroughs-Wellcome, New England Biolabs, and the International Union of Biological Sciences. Areas of particular success include multiple REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs; and assistance provided to non-profit organizations for developing research and education proposals with an emphasis on increasing participation among underrepresented groups in STEM fields.
Dr. Fiorini holds MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Delaware, and an MS in Statistics from Temple University. For more information, including a list of Dr. Fiorini’s grants, click here.
Jack Jarmon is a senior associate who leads F&A’s partnership and marketing efforts. Dr. Jarmon has taught international relation courses at the University of Pennsylvania, the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, and Rutgers University where he was also Associate Director of the Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis - a Center of Excellence of the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Division.
Dr. Jarmon was USAID technical advisor for the Russian government in the mid-1990s. During its economic transition period, he worked for the Russian Privatization Committee, and with such organizations as the US Russia Investment Fund, European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and various money center banks. His private sector career includes global consultant firms, technology companies, and financial institutions. He was a manager with Arthur Andersen in Moscow and Director of Strategic Alliances at Nortel Networks, Brampton, Ontario.
Dr. Jarmon holds a doctoral degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University. He studied Soviet and Russian affairs at Fordham University and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and is fluent in Russian. He has authored or co-authored five books, which are currently core texts for international and security studies programs in the US and abroad. Click here for a full biography.
Gail Marsella leads proposal writing and editing for F&A clients in the non-profit sector. Ms. Marsella worked in several capacities in the chemical industry, including IT, business analysis, competitive intelligence, environmental laboratory, and freelance technical writing. She taught chemistry, writing seminars, and environmental science to beginning learners at Muhlenberg College for over 20 years.
Constant threads through this varied experience are education, analysis, and the written word. Just in the past five years, collaboration on proposal development resulted in eight of nine grant proposals ultimately funded.
Ms. Marsella holds an MS degree in Chemistry from Butler University and has a Developmental Editing Certificate from the University of Chicago.
Jean L. Scholz
Jean L. Scholz leads F&A’s proposal development workshop development initiative. A retired scientist and biology educator, Dr. Scholz is a contributing author on 33 peer-reviewed research and review articles or book chapters, and recently guest-edited special issues of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology and Frontiers in Immunology.
Dr. Scholz was previously awarded two pilot research grants from Penn's Center for AIDS Research. She is familiar with the grant proposal development, review, and reporting practices of funding agencies ranging from the NIH and DoD to foundations and pharmaceutical companies.
Jean holds a PhD in Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Our Advisory Council consists of government, industry, and academia experts with experience in all phases of grant proposal development, higher education administration, and research across the sciences and the arts. The Council offers advice on best practices in proposal development, current trends in higher education, developing research topics in STEM-related fields and the arts.
Council members have served on review panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and professional organizations. They include corporate and financial leaders, entrepreneurs, National Science Foundation division directors, directors of research labs and centers, and leaders within the performing arts, as well as university presidents, provosts, deans, and faculty.
Click here for a list of Advisory Council members and their biographies.
Workshops & Seminars
Should you prefer to develop your own proposals, but have no prior experience, Fiorini & Associates is available to organize and conduct workshops or seminars to assist. If you want more information on workshop structure and registration fees, please contact us here.