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Communication Strategy Resources

  • Advice for Faculty Meeting Directors at NSF, Aug 2009 (PDF version)
    Excellent resource! Part of the Grant Writing Articles series provided by the Office of Proposal Development at Texas A&M University. Some of this information is Texas A&M specific so remember that you can contact our own Government Relations & Community Affairs (GRCA) with questions about developing successful relationships with program officers of federal funding agencies.  See also, Academic Research Funding Strategies, LLC monthly newsletter for faculty on how to compete successfully for research and education funding from federal agencies and foundations.
  • Building Connections with NIH Program Officers: Myths and Realities, Oct 2009
    Presented by Dr. Donna J. Dean of Lewis-Burke Associates, this presentation provides an analysis of the NIH culture and provides investigators resources for finding out about NIH programs and communicating effectively with program officers. Dr. Dean's talk was sponsored by ADVANCE at Brown.
  • Lewis-Burke Washington Updates
    Brown has hired Lewis-Burke Associates LLC of Washington, DC, a leading full-service government relations firm, to provide our faculty with monthly reports on federal funding agency agendas and funding opportunities. If you wish to receive the bi-monthly newsletter, sign up for the listserv.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I make an initial contact with a program officer?
    Answer: Email is a good start. Prepare a short (1 page) description of your research. For NIH investigators, this should be your Specific Aims. Email the description to your program officer with a request to follow-up soon with a phone call.
  2. Am I allowed to visit NSF or NIH?
    Answer: Yes, but playing it cool. Say you'll be in DC for other business and want to take the opportunity to check-in. Or find out if your program officer will be attending any upcoming professional meetings where you might have a chance to talk.
  3. Can I invite my program officer to visit campus?
    Answer: Nope. Contact GRCA for information on campus visits.
  4. Where can I get additional information?
    Answer: Your colleagues are a great source of information for developing strategies. OVPR and the Sheridan Center have workshops for early investigators once every semester or so. These are great opportunities to share what works and what doesn't in developing good lines of communication with your program officer.
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