|| Grant Writing Assistance from the Office of the Vice Provost
July 2006, Issue 6
Amy Gantt began working for the Office of the Vice Provost as a freelance grant writer and editor in March 2004 and was hired as a staff member in April 2005. “Grant writing is an ideal job for me because I like the challenge of learning about new fields, I work best with deadlines looming, and I enjoy the variety of projects I get to work on,” says Gantt. “I also particularly like the collaborative environment at the Office of the Vice Provost and throughout the institution.”
Gantt has a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in sociolinguistics from North Carolina State University. Before joining Tufts she taught English at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina, and English and linguistics at North Carolina State, where she also worked as a technical writer and editor. In Massachusetts she taught part time at Newbury College (Brookline) during the 2004–2005 school year.
As a grant writer and editor, Gantt works with principal investigators from all Tufts campuses to develop competitive grant proposals for federal and foundation funding opportunities. She offers grantsmanship advice, assists in the writing of a proposal, and helps ensure that all requirements are fulfilled. Gantt recently worked with Diane Souvaine of the Department of Computer Science on a proposal aimed at providing support for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with an emphasis on students who are from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in these fields. Souvaine remarked, “It is a privilege to work with Amy. She is smart, dedicated, and articulate, and eager to track down that last piece of information that will make the proposal more compelling. She is also good-humored and kind, even at midnight the night before the grant is due. I look forward to our next collaboration.”
Gantt works as part of a team of writers and pre-award proposal specialists that includes Peg AtKisson, scientific proposal specialist, and Theresa Vallese, grants management administrator. Gantt looks forward to continuing her work in an array of subjects and would especially like to become more involved with grant applications in fields such as linguistics, sociology and psychology.
The point person for help with grantsmanship is Peg AtKisson. Please contact her by email at Peg.AtKisson@Tufts.edu or by phone at (617) 636-6550.