About Science Funding
Dr. Thomas R. Blackburn is the President of Science Funding and a principal of Grants Consultancy of Washington DC. He has been an experienced undergraduate educator, a professional scientific researcher, and a Program Officer with the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund.
His depth of experience in the research grant field allows him to teach and speak with authority on the topic of success in science funding.
Read on to find out more about Thomas R. Blackburn, Science Funding, and how we can help you to improve your grant proposal success rate today..
Extensive Experience in the Science Grant Funding Process
Thomas R. Blackburn holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees in chemistry from Carleton College and Harvard University.
He has held faculty appointments at Carleton, Hobart and William Smith, St. Andrews, and Wellesley Colleges and visiting appointments at Cornell University, Harvard, the Swiss ETH, the University of Tennessee, and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
After a successful career in teaching and research, Dr. Blackburn became Assistant Program Administrator and Senior Program Officer at the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) in Washington, DC.
As Senior Program Officer at ACS PRF, Dr. Blackburn ...
Since 2002, he has been the principal at Grants Consultancy of Washington DC. Thomas Blackburn has been a facilitator at proposal-writing workshops and institutes sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the Council on Undergraduate Research, and many colleges and universities.
A Published Author and Professional Researcher
Dr. Thomas R. Blackburn is author of two chemistry texts and of the popular book, Getting Science Grants published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass, 2003.
His own research, mostly carried out in undergraduate settings, has been supported by The National Science Foundation, NASA, the ACS Petroleum Research Fund, and the governments of North Carolina, Great Britain, and Switzerland.
Now you too can benefit from Dr. Blackburn's extensive experience and learn new techniques to improve your grant funding award rate with specialized training in our interactive Workshops.
Science Funding offers full-day and half-day, fast-paced, interactive Workshops to help you, your staff, and students understand and become successful with research grant funding. Visit our Services page to find out more about our Workshop programs.
We have included a sampling of testimonials from students and faculty who have participated in our Workshops for your review.
"I've had many positive comments concerning your sessions. I hope that they aren't disappointed when subsequent speakers don't invest quite so much time in getting to know them. Thank you for all that you put into these seminars."
"The overview of individual aspects of proposal writing was excellent ....The active participation was essential. It really cemented the points being raised."
"I attended your grant writing seminar at Appalachian State last year, and you asked me to let you know about the outcome of the proposal that I worked on during the seminar. I received notification back in the spring that it was selected for funding, and the 'official' notification came today. Thanks for all of the valuable suggestions and advice during our consultation and during the group seminar. It was a valuable and eye-opening experience that helped me better understand grant writing from the funding agency's perspective."
"The Workshop was very well organized, informative, motivational, and fun. ... As our physicist said, ‘Watch the proposals fly out of here now!"
"Your suggestions significantly strengthened their proposals and chances of success."
"The best thing about this workshop was the ‘inside’, real life stories, relaxed atmosphere, and the abstract writing exercise."
"Your suggestions really helped strengthen my proposal."
"Excellent! insight into the whole proposal process and great advice on what to expect and common pitfalls to avoid."
If you have additional questions or need a flexible program designed for your department or university, please contact us today for a proposal or more information about how our programs can help you to improve your success rate in external funding.
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