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Sep 30 / Laura Bonnici

Grant Development Specialist

Grant Development Specialist

How to Apply

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position; please include the cover letter as the first page of your resume.  It should specifically address your interest in this position and outline particular skills and experience directly related to this position. Please include two relevant writing samples.

Job Summary

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI), formed in 2011, is the nation’s leading university-based institute of over 470 health services researchers evaluating how health care works and how it can be improved, and advising policy makers to inform change.  As part of IHPI’s Strategic Initiatives Catalyst, the Institute offers infrastructure to support the launch of research and education & training signature initiatives identified by IHPI’s leadership team.
IHPI is seeking a Grant Development Specialist to help facilitate and accelerate the grant submission process by providing grant writing, coordination, and editing assistance, in addition to tracking research metrics, identifying potential funding opportunities, and organizing grant-related workshops and peer-feedback sessions. The specialist will work under the direction of the Manager of the Strategic Initiatives Catalyst for a variety of strategic research proposals led by teams of IHPI researchers. The work portfolio may include a subset of targeted large research projects (such as Center Grants), as well as junior faculty career awards.


  • Attend research team meetings and provide investigators with summaries of main discussion points and possible next steps regarding grant submissions.
  • Consult with faculty to determine their needs for writing assistance and provide investigators with consultation meeting notes, and grant development timetables, offering excellent follow-up and follow-through.
  • As needed, develop, write and edit grant sections in collaboration with research teams.
  • Track grant announcements from federal agencies and private funders which align with IHPI’s strategic areas of focus.
  • Monitor emerging trends in health services research topic areas, with input from IHPI’s director of government relations and IHPI’s  policy and media research manager.
  • Study IHPI’s membership taxonomy and become familiar over time with IHPI’s membership in order to assist faculty in identifying a wide range of potential collaborators across the breadth and depth of IHPI’s membership.
  • Oversee tracking of IHPI’s research and publications metrics.
  • Assist with coordination of the IHPI “track” for K-Award and R01 workshops and study sections for faculty.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in health sciences, communications, or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent writing skills, with a track record of writing and/or editing successful grant proposals.
  • Well-developed project management skills, and the ability to juggle competing priorities.
  • The ability to collaborate with non-native speakers of English, and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with health services research.

The successful candidate will be able to work independently, demonstrate outstanding organizational and technical skills, and exercise judgment to meet the unique needs of each research project.

This position will report to the Manager of IHPI’s Strategic Initiatives Catalyst. Writing samples will be required as part of the interview process.

Desired Qualifications*

• Master’s degree or higher.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Work Locations

NCRC Building 16

Underfill Statement

This position may be underfilled at a lower classification depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Background Screening

University of Michigan Health System conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings. Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

The University of Michigan Health System improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally. Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


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