Grant Development Office

The mission of the grant development office is to enhance grant seeking activities and facilitate grant collaborations across units and around the state in order to promote a culture of research excellence.

Staff work directly with UMaine research teams to write competitive grant proposals, raise awareness of funding opportunities and conduct grantsmanship training.

Our staff is available to work with departments and interdisciplinary research teams.

For more information, please contact Jason Charland at 207.581.2461 or

Priority areas for the GDO are:

  • Signature & Emerging Areas
  • Resubmissions
  • High profile grants
  • Research collaborations

Grantsmanship Training

In collaboration with Fogler Library, the Grant Development Office delivers quarterly grantwriting workshops to the UMaine research community and has trained over 325 faculty, staff, and graduate students to date.
A library guide related to grantsmanship created by librarian Jennifer Bonnet can be found on the Fogler Library website:
The Office of the Vice President for Research and Fogler Library are offering “Grants101: Seeking, Analyzing, and Writing Basics.” At the workshop, you will:
  • find grants in PIVOT
  • analyze an agency’s Request for Proposals
  • learn Grant Writing Basics
Next Grants 101 workshops at UMaine:
  • Tuesday, October 10, 10am– 12pm
  • Tuesday, November 21, 10am– 12pm
  • Thursday, January 18, 10am– 12pm
  • Tuesday March 13, 10am– 12pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jen Bonnet ( Faculty, staff, and students are welcome! Please share with colleagues who may be interested.

Funding Resources

Below you can find a link to funding opportunities curated by discipline and a search tool for Pivot, the online grants database. To use either you need a pivot login, which is available to all UMaine faculty, staff and students. If you haven’t already done so, you can create a Pivot login using your UMaine email address. If you need assistance please contact Jen Bonnet at the Fogler Library.

Search for funding opportunities:

Proposal Development Services

Faculty are encouraged to contact the Grant Development Office for assistance with proposal development, project management, funding opportunity identification, and independent review of project narratives.  Please contact Jason Charland at 581-2461 or

Below are several resources that the Grant Development Office has compiled that you may find helpful in developing an external grant proposal.

Available Peer Review

To learn more about UMAPIT (University of Maine Advisory Panel and Internal Team for Research Proposal Review), and the proposal preparation services available follow the link above to the program’s website. 

Facilities and Equipment Documents

The Grant Development office has examples of facilities and equipment documents on file that can be used as a guide when creating this type of document for your new grant submission. If you have facilities documents from previous grant submissions that you would like to include in our library, please contact Jason Charland.

  • NIH AREA R15 Grants (available upon request)
  • NSF NRT (available upon request)

  • University Research Centers

Descriptions of the unique facilities associated with the University’s 15 recognized Research Centers can be located on the individual websites of the Centers:

NSF Supplemental Document Templates

The following templates are common documents needed on NSF proposal application packages:

University of Maine Boilerplate Language

Descriptive information about UMaine can be found in the following document: Download PDF

Helpful Proposal Information:

The Office of Research and Sponsored programs maintains a webpage that has common information related to filling in grant application forms (e.g. DUNS number, Employer Identification Number, links to rates, etc..)

Data Management Plans:

UMaine’s Advanced Computing Group has developed a great tool to help you meet funding agency’s requirements of including a data management plan (DMP) with your submission:

Institutional Data for Grant Applications

For data related to UMaine Admissions, Enrollment, Degrees Conferred, Retention and Graduation Rates, Student Credit Hours, Faculty Headcount, UMaine At a Glance, and the UMaine Common Data Set please visit the Office of Institutional Research website:

Office contact information:

The Grant Development Office is located at:

15 Stodder Hall (the Graduate School building)
Orono, Maine 04469

Office Staff:

Director, Grant Development
Jason Charland
Phone: 207.581.2461
Senior Grant Development Associate
Luke Doucette
Phone: 207.581.3026
Grant Development Specialist
Kate WaltersEmail:
Phone: 207.581.1589