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Technical Grant Writer

Primary writer for NIIMBL’s funding proposals, provide direct support in the preparation of manuscripts, journal publications, white papers, etc., and prepare quarterly, annual and ad hoc reporting.
Organization: NIIMBL
Location: Delaware
Contact: Maria Chacon –
Posted until: 4/11/2024
Employment type: Full time
Organization type: Other

Full description:

Context of the Job:

The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL) seeks a highly competent and experienced professional to serve as their Technical Grant Writer. NIIMBL is funded by a cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a public/private consortium of a diverse set of member organizations, including industry, academia, non-profit organizations, state governments, and federal agencies. 

Under limited direction from the Dir, Strategic Community Relations, the Technical Grant Writer serves as the primary writer for the Institute’s funding proposals and undertakes a variety of duties to provide direct support to the Institute Director, Program Leads, NIIMBL external project teams, and staff as they prepare manuscripts, journal publications, white papers, and funding opportunities in support of scientific research, education and workforce development, regulatory and other projects.

The Technical Grant Writer, working independently or as part of a team, will coordinate the Institutes various writing activities to develop competitive external grant proposals to federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Commerce, Department of Defense; as well as foundations such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and State agencies. The Technical Grant Writer will also be responsible for the preparation of a variety of quarterly, annual, and ad hoc reporting.

 Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide detailed grant writing and proposal development assistance through all stages of proposal conceptual development and refinement including:
  • Work to understand proposal requirements, agency mission and culture, and specific program objectives with the goal of producing more competitive grant proposals.
  • Facilitate and participate in proposal ideation meetings.
  • Edit proposals with specific focus on the narrative and summary sections, concerning the sponsor’s “impact areas” such as workforce development, stakeholder impacts, economic impacts, diversity, and inclusion of others. 
  • Develop and maintain a detailed knowledge of the Institutes needs for sustained funding, ensuring branding and positioning strategies.
  • Writes routine and ad-hoc reports to government, corporate, foundations and other stakeholders.
  • Manage NIIMBLs publication review process ensuring consistent voice and messaging across all written materials (i.e., manuscripts, whitepapers, journal articles) and public media announcements.
  • Perform job-related duties and special projects as needed.
  • Serves as in-house proofreader/editor as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s or an advanced degree in English or science discipline with four years of progressively responsible job-related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience. 
  • Proficient computing skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), and database management skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Experience in research program development or capture management or grant facilitator position at a research-intensive university and/or public or private institutions engaging in sponsored research or service.
  • Experience of the funding mechanisms and opportunities at one or more agencies listed here DOC, NSF, FDA, NIH, and DOD.
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts from a wide variety of disciplines in a supportive environment that promotes high-quality research and the development of sophisticated funding proposals.
  • Ability to work with other grant writers and consultants and coordinate and manage color reviews.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and produce a quality work product under tight deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills, independent judgment, and the ability to work effectively with diverse populations and consensus-building skills.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills and the ability to balance multiple priorities under deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • A high degree of discretion, tact, and an ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Experience working with university research administration, including sponsored research services offices. 
  • Ability to understand and identify the needs of subject matter experts and translate those needs into programmatic solutions.
  • Demonstrated capacity, skill, and willingness to engage with proposal team and contribute to success in research collaboration and equity.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.
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