Grant Proposal Lead Writer

The position develops, oversees, and administers the submission of scientific grant proposals and progress reports for grant continuation and new funding applications of diverse scope. The position is also responsible for the administrative activities associated with grant submissions including maintenance of files, filing of historical copies and the tracking of submissions.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
• Writes, edits, and submits all grant applications for new and existing programs within the Scientific Platforms division. Is responsible for accuracy and consistency.
• Works closely with scientific staff to become familiar with research and service offerings and incorporates that knowledge into writing/editing grant proposals.
• Completes all applications with appropriate attachments, including fiscal items, for review by leadership and principal investigators prior to submission.
• Develops and maintains a timeline for each grant submission to ensure adequate time for scientific review in order to submit the grant by the deadline.
• Prepares, organizes, and maintains standard information on the organization, its history and programs, and the background and credentials of key staff for use in grant applications. Updates this information as needed.
• Develops standard template text to be used in grant applications and proposals.
• Keeps in contact with grant-making organizations during their review of a submitted grant application in order to be able to supply additional supportive material.
• Coordinates and submits intermediate and closure grant reports for internal review and external submission.
• Uses electronic submission systems to apply for grants, cooperative agreements, and specified contracts, and to submit reports.
• Maintains a thorough knowledge of NIH grant guidelines.
• Maintains current records in electronic and paper files to track grants and complete grant reporting.
• Identifies organizations and initiatives for potential new grant submissions including, but not limited to, NIH, NCI, NINDS, ACS, NSF, and NIAID. Works with internal departments and principal investigators to identify new opportunities.
• Tracks and reports on new funding opportunities related to the mission of the organization.
• Participates in and coordinates activities commonly associates with responding to requests for proposals (RFPs), requests for information (RFI), and requests for quotes (RFQ).
• Continuously looks for and implements improvements that drive process efficiencies in grant submissions.
• Completes other duties as requested by supervisor.

Requirements/Minimum Qualifications
• Exceptional writing skills with the ability to write and edit within the context of grant guidelines.
• Demonstrated technical and scientific writing experience as it applies to winning proposal development.
• Demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific terminology and concepts for lay audiences.
• Excellent planning and organizational skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks/projects is essential.
• Strong interpersonal skills to effectively manage grant process with multiple collaborators.
• The ability to succeed under pressure in a deadline-driven environment, both independently and as part of a team.
• Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and other relevant software.
• Proven ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
• As a Federal contractor Southern Research may be required to comply with a Federal COVID-19 vaccination mandate. In that event, Southern Research will require that all newly hired employees show proof of full COVID vaccination or authorized exemption prior to their start date.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience writing RFPs, RFQs, and RFIs.
• Scientific background with knowledge of drug discovery.
• Working knowledge of MS Project.

• B.S degree in chemistry, biology or related field and a minimum of 4 years of relevant writing experience.

Interested candidates may apply on the careers page of the Southern Research website. The following link may be used to apply:

For additional information or questions please contact:

Suzanne Helmick Senior Human Resources Business Partner Tel. (205) 581-2437 |


Contact Information

Southern Research



2000 9th Ave

Birmingham, AL 35205


Background Information

4-Year Degree


  • College/University
  • Hospital
  • Non-Profit
  • Government
  • Legal
  • Administrator or Administrative
  • Business Manager
  • Department Administrator
  • Government
  • Grants and Contracts
  • Research Administrator/Manager
  • Sponsored Projects/Programs
  • Other

Authorized to work in the US


Target Job Information

$65-75K ba

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Contract
  • Temp to Full Time
  • Internship