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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan (U-M) Comprehensive Depression Center provides its multi-disciplinary members with customized, in-depth support for developing and writing competitive research grant proposals. The goal is to increase our members’ likelihood of obtaining research grant funding from a variety of sources, including federal, private/foundation, and internal funders.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine 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.


  • Become familiar with federal, state, foundation and corporate “Requests for Application,” investigate their appropriateness, work with investigative faculty and staff members of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, and write grant proposals for the consideration of state and federal agencies and private foundations
  • Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare and submit grant proposals
  • Work with faculty investigators to delegate and assign tasks to meet grant submission deadlines
  • Perform prospective research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.

Required Qualifications*

  • 5 - 8 years of professional experience; minimum of 5-year track record of successful grant fundraising
  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and considerable experience in grant and proposal writing, communications, scientific writing, or related field
  • Knowledge of writing administrative sections of grants
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Excellent communication skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Familiarity with research methodologies and where to obtain expertise when needed 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively with Depression Center faculty members and staff
  • Extensive expertise in neurosciences, behavioral sciences, social sciences and research methodologies 
  • Significant track record of writing successful grant proposals, particularly in basic sciences, and in clinical and translational research, meeting tight deadlines, and editing for improved readability
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, and persuasive proposals 
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Experience establishing and fostering effective working relationships with team members
  • Excellent problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent organizational and writing skills

Desired Qualifications*

  • PhD in psychology, basic sciences, social work, public health or related field
  • Prior experience with successful NIH grants
  • Experience with psychiatric research
  • Knowledge of guidelines, rules, and procedures governing the writing and submission of grant proposals within the University of Michigan
  • Knowledge of corporate and foundation funding sources
  • Knowledge of research and grant administration procedures and experience budgeting for research grants
  • Knowledge of policies, rules, and regulations pertaining to research activities

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine 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. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

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.