Grant Writing Consulting

Support We Can Offer

VBRN offers the following grant support services for faculty in our network. We will assist with external grant applications as well as internal VBRN funding mechanisms. If you are interested in seeking grant support, please contact us to set up an initial consultation.

Faculty who enlist substantial support from Dr. Heidi Malaby in grant preparation are expected submit an application in the next cycle of VBRN funding or to an external agency within one year of initial contact with Dr. Malaby. Note that Dr. Malaby is only available to offer her services to our network faculty on weekday evenings.

Proposal Development

We partner with individual investigators and research teams through all stages of the writing process to develop a competitive grant proposal. Services include:

  • Project Management – we’ll keep you on track to finish without the need for long hours before your deadline
  • Grantsmanship review and writing support – regular review of drafts to provide suggested edits and comments for a clearer, stronger proposal specific to your grant solicitation
  • Supporting document content – assistance with drafting supporting documents so you can focus on your subject matter

Grant Editing

Grantsmanship review and editing, without full Proposal Development. A great option for those who have submitted grant proposals before and already have a completed draft. We’ll focus on ensuring responsiveness to your grant solicitation and clarity of content.

Developing Specific Aims (or Overview/Summary)

We can provide extensive (and repeated) feedback on this part of your proposal.

Finding Funding

We’ll help locate the best funding opportunities for your great proposal idea.

Graphic Assistance

Creating figures can be time consuming. We can translate your preliminary data into a polished figure and create other visual aids.

Program Officer Assistance

We can assist in identifying the Program Officer you should contact and provide you with ideas about what to say throughout the grant process.

Work with Your Institution’s Support Personnel

We will work with (not compete with) the personnel already in place at your Institution. If your personnel are experienced in budget development and submission, we will focus on content clarity and consistency across all documents.


Heidi Malaby
Grant Proposal Specialist
(774) 242-3077