Meet the Team
Consultant Lucy Deckard worked in research development at Texas A&M University for 8 years, most recently serving as Associate Director of the university's Office of Proposal Development.
She has helped to develop and write successful proposals to NSF, NIH, the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and other agencies and foundations, including proposals for large institutional and center-level grants.
In addition, she directed the university's New Faculty Initiative, helping new faculty to jumpstart their research by helping them to identify funding opportunities, develop a strategy for pursuing funding, understand funding agencies, and learn how to write competitive proposals.
She also worked with faculty in Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions across the Texas A&M System.
Before joining Texas A&M, she worked as a research engineer in industry for 16 years, obtaining funding from DoD, DARPA and the Department of Energy.
You can find more information at her LinkedIn page.
Consultant Mike Cronan has 23 years of experience developing and writing successful proposals at Texas A&M University. He was named a Texas A&M University System Regents Fellow (2001-2004) for developing and writing A&M System-wide grants funded at over $100 million by NSF and other research agencies, 1990-2000.
He developed, staffed, and directed two highly successful proposal development offices at Texas A&M, one in the Texas Engineering Experiment Station (Office of Research Development & Grant Writing, 1994-2004), a state-wide engineering research agency with divisions at 14 universities, and the second for the Vice President for Research (Office of Proposal Development, 2004-09), working across all academic disciplines in 11 colleges.
Mike Cronan has undergraduate degrees in civil engineering (University of Michigan), political science (Michigan State University), and a MFA in English (University of California-Irvine). He is a registered professional engineer in Texas (Texas 063512, inactive).
Katherine E. Kelly
Katherine E. Kelly, Ph.D., is a retired English professor from Texas A&M University. She is the author of several books and numerous articles and served as a contributing editor for an academic journal for five years. She provides editorial services for proposals, journal articles, and manuscripts.
Consultant Jamie Bacon has assisted in the development and writing of successful proposals for 18 years including 12 years for the Texas A&M University System (NSF, USDA, NIH, ED). From 1995-2000 she served as Assistant Director of Research Development & Grant Writing for the Texas Engineering Experiment Station principally focused on multi-institutional STEM partnership proposals for EHR/NSF.