Over 800 billion dollars in grant awards anticipated in FY2021
A strategic approach to proposal development, editing, and support.
Current market trends compel organizations to reimagine their roles and structure. The configuration of scholarship, business models, professional development, research, and educational assessment must all change to meet the challenges. Small to mid-sized academic institutions and business enterprises can qualify for grant funding either individually or in partnership. These types of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) have been the trend in addressing societal issues such as infrastructure upgrade, the move to remote learning, emphasis on sustainability issues, and the transition to the information age. Not only is PPP at the intersection of actionable research currently, but for the foreseeable future as well.
Financial capital is available to reimagine structure, clarify purpose, and better serve constituents, however the procurement of funds is often impeded by arcane processes, lack of coordination, and scattered allocative mechanisms.
Fiorini & Associates provides comprehensive bid and 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. We are not a niche consultancy with narrow focus, nor are we a large corporate mill of junior associates.
Our advantages include: experience with different organizations and proposal types; significant record of success; robust network of subject matter experts; contacts in government, business, academia, and publishing; mentoring, development, negotiating, and administrative skills; tutoring and workshops on proposal development; fee structure keyed to request type and organization.
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.
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).
Dr. Eugene Fiorini is a former Associate Director for the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at Rutgers University and is the Muhlenberg College Truman Koehler Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. He holds a MS and PhD in mathematics from the University of Delaware and a MS in statistics from Temple University. He 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. One area of particular success has been multiple REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs. Another area of expertise are grants from private foundations, and assistance developing research and education proposals for non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on increasing participation among underrepresented groups in STEM fields.
Dr. Fiorini and his team have had successful grants at NSF, DHS, DOD, DOT, NIH, National Research Experience, US Agency for International Development, the Mathematical Association of America, Trexler Foundation, Burroughs-Wellcome, New England Biolabs, International Union of Biological Sciences, and PA Department of Education.
Dr. Jack 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.
In the mid 1990s, he was USAID technical advisor for the Russian government. During its economic transition period, Jack Jarmon 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.
He studied Soviet and Russian affairs at Fordham University and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. Jarmon is fluent in Russian and holds a doctorate degree in global affairs from Rutgers. He has authored and co-authored five books, which are currently core texts for international and security studies programs in the US and abroad.
Gail Marsella holds an MS degree in chemistry from Butler University and is currently working on a developmental editing certificate from the University of Chicago.
She taught chemistry, writing seminars, and environmental science to beginning learners at Muhlenberg College for over 20 years. She has also worked in several capacities in the chemical industry, including IT, business analysis, competitive intelligence, environmental laboratory, and freelance technical writing.
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 grants funded.
Jean L. Scholz
Dr. Jean L. Scholz is a scientist and biology educator. Her postdoctoral training with an agricultural biotechnology firm was followed by several years of teaching and program development for university continuing education units. Since 2004 she has conducted research in B cell biology as a staff scientist in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She periodically teaches introductory biology and genetics as an adjunct instructor, and regularly mentors undergraduate and under-represented minority high school students in research laboratories.
Jean is a contributing author on 33 peer-reviewed research and review articles or book chapters, and was previously awarded two research pilot grants and a travel award to attend a Research Experiences in Introductory Laboratory in Biology workshop. She is familiar with grant proposal development, review, and reporting practices of funding agencies ranging from the National Institutes of Health and Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs to foundations and pharmaceutical companies.
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.