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University at Albany, SUNY
Research Foundation for the State University of New York
Posted: 05/04/2023
Grant Writer (STEM) R23-28**HYBRID**

Grant Writer (STEM) R23-28**HYBRID**

About RF for SUNY at the University at Albany:

Employment is with The Research Foundation for the State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that provides essential sponsored program administration and innovation support services to SUNY faculty and students whose ideas and research generate ground-breaking discovery and translate to entrepreneurial and economic development opportunities for New York State.

Home to nine colleges and schools, 57 centers and institutes, and close to 700 full-time faculty scholars and researchers, the University at Albany is one of SUNY’s flagship, comprehensive research universities. UAlbany is widely recognized for its long-standing academic and research strengths in atmospheric and environmental sciences, biological sciences, business, computer science demography, economics, education, math, political science and public administration, public health, psychology, sociology, and social welfare. In addition, the University has made significant investments in emerging and new strategic areas of opportunity including engineering and applied sciences, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, emergency management and homeland security, minority health disparities, RNA science and technology, and advanced weather analytics. Since 2005, the UAlbany has been recognized as a Carnegie RI research institution – one of the “very high research activity” doctoral universities as ranked by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

The FY 2022-23 New York State Budget allocated $75 million to UAlbany to kick-start the $200M Albany AI Initiative. Under this initiative, there will be an exascale supercomputing system at UAlbany, made available for not only the faculty and students at UAlbany and other SUNY Campuses across the State, but also for government and industrial partners, especially startups in AI. In addition, UAlbany will add an unprecedented 27 new faculty members specializing in artificial intelligence in the coming months, including a founding director for the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI).

Job Description:

Description of Duties:

Under the general direction of the Director of Office of Strategic Initiatives, Data, Assessment, and Technology (SDAT), the Grant Writer will work with faculty and staff in the design, content, and preparation of sponsored project proposals in accordance with sponsor standards and requirements. The Grant Writer will participate in writing and editing narrative sections, particularly those that require technical expertise and awareness of funding trends and sponsors’ strategic priorities, and preparing required proposal components like biosketches, facilities and other resources, data management plan, etc. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty in identifying the best funding opportunities for their research ideas, designing, and creating innovative and high-quality proposals in areas relevant to artificial intelligence and engineering, with a wide range of use cases covering healthcare, drug discovery, climate and extreme weather resilience, transportation, national security and cybersecurity, big data, internet of things (loT), and robotics.

Essential Functions:

  1. Large-scale Grant Development and Proposal Writing:
  • Organize meetings for teams planning to respond to large-scale and center-scale Requests for Proposals (RFPs).
  • Review the RFP guidelines and develop a project timeline with specific tasks.
  • Identify potential institutional investments, community partnerships, and other assets that can strengthen the proposal.
  • Develop and edit proposal components, including but not limited to research plan, project description, facilities, and other resources, data management plan, postdoc mentoring plan, letters of support/collaboration, biosketches, current and pending supports, etc.
  • Manage the progress of the proposal to ensure timely and high-quality submissions, including but not limited to collecting letters, documents, and materials from partner organizations and investigators, and working closely with the sponsored program office to ensure all documents are delivered to the Research Administrators five business days before the due day to the sponsor.
  • Manage external review process, including but not limited to working with State/RF Purchasing to secure external consultants or reviewers, serving as the point of contact for external consultants or reviewers.
  1. Regular Grant Development Support:
  • Offer one-on-one consultation for faculty and researchers with potential research projects/proposals.
  • Review written materials and provide feedback and professional editing.
  • Share funding opportunities with targeted research groups proactively
  • Organize seminars and workshops for emerging funding trends and opportunities
  1. Major Sponsor Engagement
  • Attend professional conferences and events hosted by major federal sponsors like NSF, NIH, DOD, DARPA, APAR-H, DOE, etc.
  • Connect faculty and researchers with officials from potential sponsors, including inviting program officers/managers for campus visits.
  1. Vice Presidential and Division Priorities
  • Assist with high-priority research initiatives as needed.
  1. Project Management and Reporting
  • Manage all ongoing tasks using a digital platform, e.g., Microsoft Planner or equivalent.
  • Provide periodic and ad hoc reports on grant development activities.

Nonessential Functions:

  • Work with the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Data, Assessment and Technology, and the Director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) on events management
  • Assist in executing internal and external communications strategies across digital and print marketing channels for AI+ and other research initiatives.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related field, from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization with three years of professional writing and editing experience, OR a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization with four years of professional writing and editing experience
  • Experience in managing multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines, with strong time-management skills
  • Capability to work both independently and as a team member in-person and remotely, ability to multi-task and respond professionally in challenging situations is essential
  • Capability to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment as well as work collaboratively and adapt to changing processes and procedures
  • Strong customer service orientation to understand and assist a wide range of internal faculty
  • Strong computer (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and analytical skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in a related field, from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Experience as a grant writer or equivalent role in an R1 institute.
  • Experience in large-scale and center-scale grant development.
  • Experience in multi-institutional grant development.

Additional Information:

Salary Range: $65,000- $85,000

Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the following website for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”): http://police.albany.edu/asr.htm

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. The University at Albany offers a variety of performing arts, world class libraries, and competitive sporting events.

Application Instructions:

Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, writing sample, the contact information of three work-related references, along with a letter of application to https://rfhr.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=161643

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

**Hybrid remote schedule is available, subject to campus policy change

Candidates must address in their applications their ability to work with culturally diverse populations.

URL: www.albany.edu/research/22967.php