CHRI's Grant Writing Resources for Members

Are you eyeing an opportunity to apply for grant funding in the coming months? Keep in mind the following grant-writing resources that are freely available to CHRI members.

CHRI Grant/Scientific Writer, Matt Sandbulte

With experience as a researcher himself, Matt’s role is to assist our investigators with grant applications in a variety of ways, Matt Sandbulteaccording to each person’s needs, whether it is for CHRI or PCRG pilot funds, foundation grants or federal grants. Some of the ways Matt can support include the following:

Our investigators have reached out to Matt on dozens of grant proposals. Here are comments from two who have worked with him on multiple grants:

“Matt did an outstanding job editing my NIH grant applications. At the same time, I appreciated his PhD expertise, as the scientific feedback was excellent, including joining my Zoom discussion with the program officer."
     Nagendra Chaturvedi, PhD
     Research faculty in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

“One of the pleasant surprises upon starting my position was to find that CHRI had hired a grant writer. Over these two years, I have teamed with Matt Sandbulte in many grant applications and working together over the past 12 months, we have been quite successful. Working with Matt has been a pleasure as he has been able to help edit and wordsmith my applications. Having someone who is an objective educated reader, yet not extremely familiar with the exact subject, has provided me invaluable insight as to how best to communicate my thoughts and ensure that they are expressed in a manner that all reviewers can understand.”
     Matthew Halanski, MD
     Division Chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

All CHRI members are welcome to reach out to Matt by email at and/or by filling out a CHRI project intake form

Grant Submission Assistance

The CHRI team includes two Finance and Grants Coordinators, Valarie Warner and Shamaere Ashby, who provide essential service in the process of submitting extramural grant applications. Valarie and Shamaere work to ensure that an application complies with all requirements of the funding agency’s opportunity announcement and with policies of UNMC and Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA). Areas of particular focus for Valarie and Shamaere when working with investigators are the grant budgets and sub-award agreements with other institutions.

Most grants need at least one month of lead time to thoroughly prepare, with more time being required when subcontracts and other complex factors are involved. Reach out for grant submission assistance by contacting CHRI Senior Research Manager Ashley Servais at

Pediatric Writing Group

This group meets virtually at noon on the 4th Tuesday of each month. If you’d like an informal, but constructive, review of a draft grant proposal by a small group of peers, contact Eric Peeples, MD, at

Mock Review Panel

CHRI strongly encourages early career investigators to take advantage of this proven method to improve grant success, through the Research Studio program offered by the Great Plains IDeA-CTR. When an eligible investigator requests to participate in a studio, IDeA-CTR staff will help assemble a multidisciplinary team (4-6 experts) and set up one, 60-minute meeting. Depending on your needs, this can take the form of a mock review panel or an interactive review of a specific aims page. Check out a previous article to learn how the experience helped one UNMC assistant professor.

CHRI Grant Resource Library

This online resource provides CHRI members with various boilerplate and template documents, most of which include embedded tips and guidance. All are designed to help an investigator fulfill the complex requirements of NIH-style grant applications, while spotlighting the strengths and feasibility of his or her proposal. The CHRI Grant Resource Library login and registration page is found here. UNMC employees can log in directly using their NetID and password.

CHRI Grant Calendar

The Grant Calendar is is an online resource we update monthly with funding opportunities directly relevant to pediatric research over the coming 12 months. Grants listed on the calendar represent a spectrum of funding sources, from UNMC internal funds to foundations to federal agencies. For a recurring search more tailored to your own interests, which can feed into your email, try the Funding Institutional database (UNMC has an institutional subscription).