ARTICLES IN PREVIOUS ISSUES

Previous issues are listed below in reverse chronological order, with the titles of articles in each issue. To order institutional access to our archive of all previous issues for one year, click below.


In Each Issue

In addition to the articles listed below, each issue includes continuously updated lists of new funding opportunities and helpful resources, news and publications as follows:

  • New Funding Opportunities
  • Research Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Educational Grant Writing Web Resources
  • Agency Research News
  • Agency Reports & Research Roadmaps
  • Writing Competitive Proposals: Topics in Brief

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April 2017 Issue

  • Heads Up: Changes to NSF CAREER Solicitation
  • What is the Future of Broader Impacts at NSF?
  • Competitive Proposals in a Skinny Budget
  • Finding Your Big Data Home
  • Addressing Convergence in Your NSF Narrative
  • Funding Rates: Actual and Real (reprint)

March 2017 Issue

  • Engineers: Beware the Downselect Proposal
  • Process for Adding Team Members to Proposals
  • Staff Proposals in Education and Outreach
  • Be Prepared for Big Funding Changes at Mission Agencies
  • Impact of Infrastructure Funding on Research
  • Avoid Common Proposal Figure Mistakes (reprint)

February 2017 Issue

  • Avoid the Stream-of-Consciousness Narrative
  • Four Key Questions in Editing the Narrative
  • Seed Your Narrative with Explanatory Clauses
  • Surviving Chaos in Proposal Development
  • NORDP: A Resource for Pre-Award Staff
  • Helping New Faculty Give Birth to Fundable Ideas (reprint)

January 2017 Issue

  • Don't Force Your Reviewers to Think Too Much
  • To Submit or Not to Submit
  • What Does 2017 Hold for Mission Agencies?
  • Understanding Bioenergy Technologies Office
  • Funding for Cybersecurity Research
  • Performing an Autopsy on Declined Proposals (reprint)

December 2016 Issue

  • Where is NSF Going in 2017?
  • New Models of Graduate Education at NSF
  • How to Get Blackballed by NSF
  • Planning Communications on Team Grants
  • NSF's Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments

November 2016 Issue

  • The Editorial “Clawback” on Page Overruns
  • What’s Your Problem?  What’s Your Solution?
  • Initiative to Strengthen Agricultural Workforce
  • The EPSCoR Track 4 for Junior Faculty
  • The Stepwise Path from Ideas to Dollars

October 2016 Issue

  • The Straw Man Proposal
  • Explain Your Rationale for Selecting Projects
  • The Proposal Majordomo's Role of Grants
  • The Role of the Project Evaluator on the Writing Team
  • SBIRs and STTRs: What are they and how can faculty use them?

September 2016 Issue

  • Explaining Mission Agencies to New Faculty
  • The Myth of Insider Grants Information
  • Looking for Humanities Funding? Ask Google
  • An Introduction to NOAA for New Faculty
  • Developing Proposals for "Institutional Transformation"

August 2016 Issue

  • Understanding the Role of Your PO
  • Tensed about Tenses
  • USDA/NIFA Antimicrobial Resistance Webinar
  • Basic Grant-Writing Training Presentation (Part 2)

July 2016 Issue

  • Avoid NSF OIG Audits for Proposal Plagiarism
  • Gaining a Competitive Advantage at NSF
  • Blue Sky Proposals are Not Fundable
  • Basic Grant Writing Training Presentation (Part 1)

June 2016 Issue

  • Interdisciplinarity Makes Strange Bedfellows
  • National Microbiome Funding 2016/2017
  • IES Basic Grants Webinar Report
  • Where is NSF Going & Why & Where Will the $s be?
  • An Overview of the Big Data Strategic Plan

May 2016 Issue

  • Positioning for Smaller Team Grants
  • Where Proposals Run Off the Road
  • Human Health-Related Funding at NSF: Do's and Don'ts
  • Benefits of Packing Your Own Funding Chute

April 2016 Issue

  • How Readers Read Your Proposal
  • Organizing the Proposal Narrative
  • Helping Your Junior Faculty: Successful Models
  • The Chronicle of Proposal Flaws

March 2016 Issue

  • Making Copy-and-Paste Illegal
  • NSF INCLUDES: Success Is All About Scalability
  • The Generic Management Plan
  •   FY 2017: Funding Social & Behavioral Sciences

February 2016 Issue

  • The Jackson Pollock Narrative
  • Practical Teaming
  • Big Data and the Internet of Things
  • Big Data and Agricultural Research Funding
  •  Heads-up: New NSF GPG requirement              

January 2016 Issue

  • Private Foundations that Fund Academic Research
  • Research Narrative Knowledge Base
  • In Brief: NIH New Strategic Plan (2016-2020)
  • Write Like You Are the Reviewer
  • Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems

December 2015 Issue

  • Avoiding the Mule’s Kick at NSF
  •  Writing Grants to the Department of Education
  • Heuristic White Papers Build Teams & Ideas
  •  NSF FY 2015 Financial Report
  • Proposal Writing Tips Proposals for Non-Native English Speakers

November 2015 Issue

  • Win Your Grant on Page 1
  • NSF’s New Public Access Plan
  • The Proposal Editor’s Checklist
  • Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research
  • Proposals for Basic Research: Why You Need a Theoretical Framework

October 2015 Issue

  • Planning for Narrative Synergy
  • Don't Let Your Proposal Wear Costumes and Disguises on Halloween
  • Has Your BAA Been Superseded?
  • Developing Timelines and Milestone Charts for Your Proposal

September 2015 Issue

  • What does NSF mean by “Innovation Ecosystem”?
  • White House/NSF Webcast on HBCUs
  • NSF ERC Webinar Report
  • NSF Reverse Site Visits
  • U.S. Department of Interior

August 2015 Issue

  • Welcoming New Faculty: What Research Development Offices Can Do
  • Is There a Need for Your Proposed Project?
  • Make Your Case for Value-Added Benefits
  • Implicit Requirements: Dark Matter of the Research Solicitation
  • Strategic Planning for an NSF ERC

July 2015 Issue

  • Clarity in the Research Narrative
  • USDA Center of Excellence Justification
  • Explaining the State of the Art: Telling Your Reviewers What They Need to Know
  • Don’t Bury the Lead
  • What NSF Expects to See in Your Narrative

June 2015 Issue

  • Broader Impacts and Evidence-Based Models
  • NSF’s Perp Walk for Plagiarism
  • Team Grant Training for New Faculty
  • Confessions of a Grumpy Reviewer
  • CAREER Heads-up: Don't let this happen to you
  • Topics in Brief: EAC at NSF; Antimicrobials

May 2015 Issue

  • NORDP 2015 Conference Report
  • NIGMS Pilots New Funding Model
  • Agency Wide Insights from the NSF Cyberlearning Webinar
  • Generic vs. Specific Characteristics of Proposals
  • The Myth that Agencies Fund Good Ideas

April 2015 Issue

  • Grants are Awarded Not Anointed
  • New Directions in Broadening Participation
  • Writing as a Team
  • Agency Models for Introduction & Background
  • Helping Reviewers Do the Math: Writing Proposals for Highly Mathematical Projects

March 2015 Issue

  • Psychology and the Reviewer
  • NSF Funding for Food-Energy-Water 2015 - 2021
  • USDA/NSF Intersections in Food-Energy-Water
  • DOE's 2016 Budget: Energy-Water Nexus, etc.
  • DoED 2016 Budget Request: Higher Ed and IES

February 2015 Issue

  • The National Alliance for Broader Impacts
  • NSF CBET CAREER Webinar Report
  • The Perilous Transition: Idea to Implementation
  • The Materials Genome Initiative Strategic Plan
  • Writing Proposals to USDA/NIFA/AFRI

January 2015 Issue

  • Counseling PIs on Broader Impacts
  • Writing Successful Grants in the Humanities
  • Two New NSF Funding Mechanisms
  • Strategies for Preparing for a Site Visit

December 2014 Issue

  • Do You Fit ONR's Mission Priorities?
  • Understanding the Site Visit Process, Part 1
  • Writing Proposals for Instrumentation
  • Don't Get Caught in the NSF Spider Web
  • Webinars: EHR Core and IUSE Programs

November 2014 Issue

  • Planning for Funding Success
  • Planning to Write as a Team
  • NSF SBE Funding Update
  • NSF's New GRIP Program: An Integrative Model
  • Got STEM Education Data?

October 2014 Issue

  • Summary: Restoring the Research Foundation
  • What is Big Data and How to Fund It
  • A Directory of NIH Resources on the Web
  • Introducing New Investigators to BAAs
  • BRAIN Research and Funding

September 2014 Issue

  • Writing the NSF STC Proposal
  • Role of the Grant Therapist in Funding Success
  • Mentoring Students Applying for the NSF GRFP
  • Defining Your NSF STC Grand Challenge
  • Drilling for Energy Funding at NSF

August 2014 Issue

  • Agency Missions and Cultures Are Not Fungible
  • The NIH Common Fund
  • Avoid Common Proposal Figure Mistakes
  • Looking to the FY2016 STEM Budget Priorities
  • NSF Crosscutting & Interdisciplinary Programs

July 2014 Issue

  • Funding Rates:  Actual and Real
  • NSF’s New Advanced Technology Education
  • Too Much Why and Not Enough How
  • Help New Faculty Give Birth to Fundable Ideas
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions

June 2014 Issue 

  • Research Narrative Integration Strategies
  • NSF Ferrets Out/Punishes Research Misconduct
  • Using Databases of Previous Awards
  • Unrealistic Expectations for Wordsmithing
  • Diversity Topics and Directions at NIH

May 2014 Issue 

  • Performing an Autopsy on Declined Proposals
  • Proposal Development Templates/Roadmaps
  • Basic Research at DoD: A Status Report
  • Resources for Evidence-Based STEM Models
  • NSF NRT Webinar: Decoding Future Directions

 April 2014 Issue

  • NSF’s New Research Traineeship Program
  • Short Fuse or Wired Solicitation?
  • Opportunities for Social Science Funding at NSF
  • DARPA’s New Biological Technologies Office
  • Eliminate Ambiguity in the Research Narrative

March 2014 Issue

  • Decoding NSF for Funding Success
  • Strategic Planning for Funding Diversity
  • NIH Concepts: Anticipating Future Funding
  • NSF Budget FY2014: Focus Matters Most
  • FY2015 Preliminary Federal Research Budgets

February 2014 Issue

  • Writing the NIH BUILD Application
  • Funding Favors the Strategically Prepared
  • Ideas Labs: What are They and Why is NSF Using Them?
  • There is More to HHS than NIH
  • Avoid a Cognitive Tax on Your Narrative 

 January 2014 Issue

  • Summary: 2014 Global R&D Funding Forecast
  • Funding Your STEM Workforce Ecosystem
  • NIH Grant Writing for New Investigators
  • STEM Resources for Context/Dissemination 

  December 2013 Issue

  • New NSF EHR Programs: EHR Core, IUSE & REAL
  • Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity
  • Transformed GRF and IGERT Mean New Metrics
  •  ARPA-E Funds Applied Not Basic Research
  • STEM Attrition: Paths into and out of STEM

November 2013 Issue  

  • Searching the Foundation 990 for Funding
  • Your Grant-Writing Elevator Speech
  • AGEP Planning Strategies - Got Data?
  • Backgrounding the National Robotics Initiative
  • NSF’s Research Coordination Networks

October 2013 Issue 

  • NSF and ED: Writing Education Proposals
  • Funding Strategies for New Humanities Faculty
  • Team Science:Energy Frontier Research Centers
  • Avoid the Generic Introduction & Background
  • NSF’s I-Corps Program

 September 2013 Issue

  • Strategic Research Training for New Faculty
  • Pointing New Faculty to Hidden Opportunities
  • What New Faculty Need to Know about NIH
  • The Grant Writer’s Narrative Checklist
  • NSF CMMI’s Materials Reorganization

 August 2013 Issue 

  • Avoid NSF's "Perp Walk" Audit for Plagiarism
  • Drafting UP the PI's Verbal Research Narrative
  • Importance of Planning for Large Team Grants
  • What All New Faculty Need to Know About NSF
  • NSF REU Proposal Checklist 

July 2013 Issue

  • Writing the 1.5-Page Practice Proposal
  • Funding Snapshot: National Institute of Justice
  • Funding Snapshot:  US Department of ED
  • How NASA, USDA, HHS/ACF Review Proposals
  • Last-Minute NSF CAREER Checklist

June 2013 Issue

  • Going from Research Ideas to Research Dollars
  • NSF ERC Webinar Report
  • Now Proposals are Reviewed by NSF, NIH, DoED & DOE
  • Big Changes in STEM Education Funding

May 2013 Issue

  • USDA/AFRI Competitive Grants Program, 2014
  • Red Teaming: Scalable, Adaptable & Versatile
  • Budgeting Strategies for Team Proposals
  • Logic Models
  • Resources for Your CAREER Education Plan

 April 2013 Issue

  • Getting the Writing Right
  • Boost Your Grants IQ with RSS Feeds
  • Gain a Competitive Edge:  Agency Webinars
  • Quantifying the Project Narrative
  • Observations on Writing the NSF ERC FY 2014

       March2013 Issue

  • No Squishy Commitments or Weasel Clauses
  • Proportionality & Sequence in the Narrative
  • Time to Start on Your NSF CAREER Proposal
  • National Center for Environmental Research
  • The Role of Self-Assessment in Grant Success

February 2013 Issue   

  • The Too Kind Program Officer
  • NSF INSPIRE Webinar Report
  • Transagency Research: NSF/USDA/NIFA
  • The Dictionary of Common NSF Usage
  • The Background Researcher on Proposals

 January 2013 Issue

  • How to Write a More Competitive NSF Proposal Using the Revised Grant Proposal Guide, 2013
  • How NSF’s Revised Merit Review Criteria for 2013 Will Impact Your Project Narrative
  • What’s New about Broader Impacts in 2013
  • Why Generalities Suffocate the Narrative
  • Update: White House’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership

December 2012 Issue   

  • From Silos to Synergy: The Yellow Brick Road of Grant Writing
  • Integrating PI Experiences from Various Agencies
  • Saturated Superlatives Clog the Arteries of Proposals
  • Optimizing the Proposal Planning and Development Process
  • Why Formatting Matters, Part 2: Graphics

November 2012 Issue

  • No Tweaking, No Nudging, No Band Aids
  • The Role of BAAs in Your Funding Strategies
  • The Role of Context in a Successful Proposal
  • Why Formatting is Important
  • Research Grant Writing Topics in Brief

October 2012 Issue

  • Pathways & Keystones: Writing Larger Grants
  • Writing the Project Sustainability Statement
  • ARPA-E Webinar: Deadly Sins & Best Practices
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 7
  • The NSF MRI: Avoiding Common Mistakes

September 2012 Issue

  • Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative
  • Value of Instituional Transformation Proposals
  • Too Much Data?
  • Training Topic: NSF GRF and and Ford Fellowships
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 6
  • Writing the NSF I/UCRC

August 2012 Issue

  • Writing the DOE Early Career Preapplication
  • Writing the NSF AGEP & Webinar Report
  • Interviewing Schrödinger’s Cat
  • Do You Have a Narrative Integration Plan?
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals, Part 5

July 2012 Issue

  • NSF Industrial Innovation and Partnerships
  • Red Teaming the Solicitation
  • Program Officers Are Not All Alike
  • Avoid the Generic Introduction
  • Narrative Silos Are Like Weeds
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals, Part 4

June 2012 Issue

  • Where NSF is Going & How It Will Get There
  • Reviewing the Reviewers
  • Writing Education-Related Grants
  • Intelligence-ARPA (IARPA), an Overview
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals, Part 3
  • Using NIH RePORTER to Identify Your Program at NIH

May 2012 Issue

  • Grant Strategies in a Difficult Funding Climate
  • Changes in NIHs R15 AREA Program
  • Why Halloween is Bad for Proposals, Part 2
  • ARPA-E New & Emerging Directions 2012-2013
  • What You Need to Know About NIFA Funding
  • DOEnergy SBIR/STTR Outlook 2012-2013
  • R&D Officer Plugs Holes and Sells Ideas

April 2012 Issue

  • Writing the Vision, Goals, Objectives, Rationale, and Outcomes Statements
  • Why Halloween Is Bad for Proposals
  • The Materials Genome Initiative and Related New Funding
  • Submitting Proposals to Basic Energy Sciences
  • Air Force Research Office Funding Update

March 2012 Issue

  • The Role of Specificity in a Successful Proposal
  • Planning Your FY2013 NSF Funding Strategies
  • Observations on Critiquing a Proposal
  • USDA Research Budget Directions, FY2013
  • Energy Update: FY2013 Budget and Priorities

February 2012 Issue

  • Writing a Compelling Project Narrative
  • Writing the DOE HUB for Energy Storage
  • Observations for Researchers New to NSF
  • Starter Templates to Guide Multple Authors
  • NSF Notes in Brief
  • A Quick Primer for Researchers New to NIH

January 2012 Issue

  • NSF Math/Science Partnership Webinar Report
  • Writing a Successful Project Management Plan
  • Writing Shared Use Infrastructure Grants
  • NIH Changes: NCRR Dissolved, NCATS Created

December 2011 Issue

  • NSF INSPIRE/CREATIV Webinar Report
  • NIH Funding for International Programs
  • Echo but Don't Parrot Agency Language
  • NSF MRI Revisited, an Update for 2012
  • Finding the Common Denominators of Successful Grants
  • How Your Propsal will be Reviewed at NSF, NIH, DoED, IES, DOE, NASA, USDA/NIFA, etc.
  • Health Information Technology Funding

November 2011 Issue

  • The Challenge of Integrating Multiple Authors
  • Strategies for Sustainability Research Revisited
  • Graphics as a Narrative Integrator
  • STEM Learning & Activity Models for Proposals
  • Obtaining Copies of NSF-Funded Proposals
  • Social Science Components of NSF Proposals
  • Funding for International Collaborations from NSF

October 2011 Issue

  • Strategies for Emerging Research Institutions
  • Do Not Build Your Proposal Out of Spare Parts
  • Supporting Faculty Research Affinity Groups
  • NSF's New Strategic Plan, 2011-2016: A Synopsis and Observations for the Grantwriter
  • Workforce Development Grants
  • Mentoring Students for the NSF GRFP
  • Applying for a Ford Fellowship

September 2011 - Special New Faculty Issue

  • Introduction
  • Developing a Research Funding Strategic Plan
  • Developing Your Research Agenda
  • Developing Your Education Agenda
  • Finding Research Funding
  • Funding from Federal Agencies
  • Funding from Foundations
  • Funding in the Humanities
  • Funding Less Well-Supported Research Areas
  • Who Funds What? A Quick Guide
  • Role of the RFP (Request for Proposals)
  • Role of the RFP in Proposal Organization 
  • Mission & Culture of Funding Agencies
  • Program Officers & When to Contact Them
  • Writing for Reviewers
  • Agency Review Criteria
  • Finding Research Mentors
  • Working with Research Collaborators
  • Scheduling Proposal Production
  • Writing a Compelling Project Summary
  • Writing the Proposal Narrative
  • Writing Unsolicited Proposals & White Papers
  • Formulating Strategies For Re-submission

August 2011 Issue

  • Helping Faculty Develop Proposals
  • Writing Proposals to NEH
  • NSF PIRE Webinar Report
  • Writing Proposals to U.S. DOT
  • Pursuing Funding from NIST
  • Pursuing Funding from HUD

July 2011 Issue

  • What if You Cant Find Funding for Your Research
  • Funding Sustainability Research & Education
  • Writing Proposals to Department of Interior
  • What do Federal Funders Mean by Innovation and the Innovation Ecosystem?
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of State
  • The National Research Council, a Partner for Writing More Competitive Proposals
  • Pursuing Funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

June 2011 Issue

  • Strategies for Developing Competitive Partnership Proposals
  • How to Pack Your Own Funding Chute
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of Homeland Security
  • Writing Proposals to the Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Formatting Your Proposal
  • Writing an NSF REU Site Proposal
  • Topics in Brief -- NSF Broader Impacts (BI) Revisited

May 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: The Budget and Budget Justification
  • Writing the Data Management Plan
  • Writing Proposals to the Economic Development Administration
  • Strategies for Applying to Long-Standing Grant Programs
  • Funding Health Disparities Research: an Introduction
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of Justice
  • Writing Proposals to AHRQ

April 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: The References, Letters and Other Documents
  • NSF STC Preliminary Proposal Webinar Report
  • Writing the FY2012 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship Proposal
  • Writing the NSF SBE DDRIG (dissertation)
  • Writing Proposals to NASA: An Introduction
  • Understanding the Mission and Culture of the Funding Agency
  • Funding Energy ResearchNew Opportunities
  • Opportunities for Humanities Funding
  • ARFS Report from the NSF Grants Conference

March 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER : Writing the Education Plan
  • Writing the NSF Science & Technology Center Preliminary Proposal, Part 2
  • Finding Funding & Writing Grants in the Humanities
  • Writing Proposals to the U.S. Department of Education: an Introduction
  • Funding Research in the Geosciences: an Introduction
  • Preparing an NRSA Predoctoral Application
  • IGERT Revisited

February 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Structuring Your Project Description
  • Writing the NSF Science & Technology Center Preliminary Proposal
  • Writing a Successful Project Summary
  • Writing Grants to EPA: an Introduction
  • EPA & NSF SBIR 2011 Opportunities for Environmental Technology
  • Writing Grants to NOAA: an Introduction
  • Planning and Writing an NSF IGERT Proposal
  • Pursuing Research Funding from the Department of Defense

January 2011 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Things to Keep in Mind When You Start Writing
  • Funding Water Research: an Introduction
  • Know the Context of Your Research
  • Funding Biofuels Research: an Introduction
  • Writing Competitive Proposals: Topics in Brief
  • USDA/NIFA FY2011 Funding Overview
  • Strategies for Funding Materials Research
  • NSF Directions: Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability

December 2010 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Planning Your Education Component
  • Why Seek Grant Support for Research in the Humanities and Arts, by Barbara L. E. Walker, Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
  • Proposal Planning: The Key Role of the Schedule and Task Assignment Table
  • Writing Grants to USAID: an Introduction
  • Writing Grants to USDA: an Introduction
  • The Role of the Evolving Proposal Narrative
  • Faculty at PUI: When You Need Lab Equipment
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Writing Proposals with Your Advisor

November 2010 Issue

  • NSF CAREER: Choosing a Research Topic
  • Writing Proposals to DARPA: An Introduction
  • Red Teaming Proposals for Funding Success
  • An Introduction to SBIR/STTR Grants
  • Why Read Abstracts of Funded Projects?
  • Evaluation Resources on the Internet
  • Writing for NSF Review Panels

October 2010

  • Writing the NSF MRI Proposal
  • Writing Proposals to NIH: An Introduction
  • Writing the Center Vision Statement
  • Quad Charts, White Papers & Unsolicited Proposals: Role in Research Funding
  • Writing for Reviewers: An Introduction
  • How to Use the NSF Award Database to Prepare a Better Proposal
  • Preparing Letters of Support & Collaboration
  • Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Collaborating Dos & Donts
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Finding Fellowships You can Apply for Now
  • Using MSPnet for K-12 STEM Proposals

September 2010

  • Research Funding Strategies for New Investigators: How to Get Started
  • Unsolicited Proposals: What Are They And Who Accepts Them
  • Writing the Competitive Research Center Proposal: Submitting for the Right Reasons with the Right PI
  • The Strategic Role of the RFP
  • How To Find Funding Opportunities at NSF
  • Writing Proposals to the Department of Energy
  • Finding Funding for Energy Research at Federal Agencies
  • Faculty at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions: Assessing Your Strengths
  • Grad Students and Postdocs: Preparing for Success as an Independent Researcher
  • New Funding Opportunities & Competitive Proposal Development Resources