Meet the Team


Lucy Deckard

Specializing in Engineering, Physical Science, Math, STEM Education, and Institutional Transformation Proposals as well as Grant Writing training

Consultant Lucy Deckard established Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC in 2010. She has helped to develop 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.

Previously, she 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.  

In addition, she directed the university's New Faculty Initiative, helping new faculty to jump start 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.

Contact: LDeckard@academicresearchgrants.com


Mike Cronan

Specializing in Large-team and Center-level, Engineering, Agriculture, Sustainability, and Homeland Security Proposals

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). 

Contact: mjcronan@gmail.com 


John Williamson

Specializing in Biomedical Research Proposals to NIH and other Agencies

Dr. Williamson is an emeritus professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Mississippi, a former NIH branch chief, and currently a research initiatives coordinator at the University of Dayton.  At NIH he served as a Branch Chief of Basic and Mechanistic Research, maintaining a branch grants and contractsportfolio of approximately $50M/yr.  The portfolio included projects associated with brain neuroscience, bioengineering of opiate pathways, mechanisms associated with chronic pain, brain microbiome connection mechanisms, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and methodologies associated with bioactive natural products, analgesic cannabinoids, various small business awards, complementary medical approaches, and training programs.  In addition, he was the named program contact on more than 75 published funding opportunity announcements (RFAs & PAs).  Williamson also worked on interagency collaborative programs with the NSF, FDA, USDA, and FTC.

During his tenure as a full professor he garnered millions in extramural funding from: federal agencies including the NIH, NSF, CDC, and DoD; pharmaceutical companies including Merck and Schering-Plough; as well as foundations and societies including the Elsa Pardee Foundation, Sigma Xi, the American Society of Pharmacognosy, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He is currently associated with the University of Dayton where, as Research Initiatives Coordinator helps faculty and staff in developing and submitting competitive research proposals.


Katherine E. Kelly

Specializing in Humanities Proposals and editing

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.


Jamie Bacon

Specializing in Informal Education and STEM Education

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.


RICK NADER

Specializing in International Collaboration, Foundations and International Research Collaboration Strategies

Consultant Richard (Rick) Nader has 25 years of experience advising all levels of university administration with strategic considerations to guide decisions on global R&D partnerships and positioning the university to compete successfully abroad for global research and development funding. Nader has contributed to over $36M in competitive awards. Dr. Nader previously served as Senior International Officer while at Texas A&M University, University of North Texas and Mississippi State University, and served as a program manager at the Office of International Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation.

Nader was PI or Co-PI on NSF, Department of Education, State Department, as well as public-private funding. He has assisted universities to advance collaborations with partners in China, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Republic of Georgia, Spain, South Korea and Thailand, among others. His experience includes designing and delivering workshops on what makes for a successful international research or development proposal, and he has directly helped hundreds of faculty to be successful with federal agencies, private foundations and foreign awards. He was active in developing proposals in response to the Feed the Future “whole of government” strategy (USAID).

Rick has a BA in English, a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration.

Contact: naderrick2020@gmail.com

Lucy Deckard

Lucy Deckard

 
Mike Cronan

Mike Cronan

 
John Williamson

John Williamson

 
Katherine E. Kelly

Katherine E. Kelly

Jamie Bacon

Jamie Bacon

 
Rick Nader

Rick Nader