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UARSC Sponsored Projects - Professional Grant Writers List

For funding support, refer to Grant Proposal Seed Money at the Office of Research website.

Sarah Lifton

Over 20 years of grantwriting and fundraising writing in general, with considerable success in obtaining funding. Particular expertise in STEM education, especially NSF, U.S. Department of Ed., USDA, foundations and private funders. Highly conversant with health care, business administration, sustainability and technology. Knowledgeable about the CSU, having worked for most of the Southern California campuses.  A skilled and experienced editor, for both readability and length. Will play devil’s advocate to help identify proposal gaps and weaknesses so that they can be addressed before submission.  Fee is $100 an hour, but will negotiate for regular/contract work and will provide estimates on request.

David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC
Global Grant Solutions


Certified grantwriter and editor with 20 years of experience in successful grants and contracts from U.S. government agencies, foundations, and multinational organizations, including USAID, NIH, NSF, State Department, World Bank, and Gates Foundation.  Specializes in grant proposals in international development, education, science and technology, and health.  Typical fee is $100/hour; also can provide project bid based on a clear list of requirements.  Holds Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Grant Professional Certification (GPC), and Certified Grant Writer (CGW) designations.  B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Georgetown University.

Carol A. Mudgett, Ph.D.

Expertise in grant funding research and proposal preparation (writing or editing); health care, social services, community-based research, program planning, program evaluation, applied cultural anthropology and sociology, cultural competency and diversity.  Experienced writing proposals to public funding (federal, state, county, city) and private funding (private foundations, family foundations, corporate giving, corporate foundations, individual donor development).  Fees are negotiable.  Degrees and credentials:  Ph.D. cultural anthropology, M.B.A. University of Phoenix; CA secondary teaching certificate; over 20 years of experience in resource development; 18 years in north San Diego County.

Lisa (Elizabeth) Retamozo
NOSOTROS Education Center

Specializes in US Dept. of Education, TRIO programs: Talent Search, Upward Bound; also experienced in writing proposals to HUD, DoJ, and DoL.  Writing services contract for federal grant application is $4,000; technical review only of proposal application is $2,000.  Demonstrated success (94%) in the funding of new and continuation grant proposals submitted to US Dept. of Education.  Degree:  M.B.A. Texas Woman's University.

Stephanie Sides
Shakespeare Writes

 More than 25 years writing/editing experience, including extremely large, complicated proposals (with many partners) for NSF, DOE, and the State of California.  Areas of specialty include telecommunications/information technology and their applications, cyberinfrastructure, computer and computational science (in general), health care and medical science, and climate/environmental science.  Typical charge is $100/hour but can bid a project with an estimated total amount based on a clear list of requirements. If time spent is less than estimated,  the charge is reduced accordingly.  B.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, UC Berkeley; M.A., Translation and Interpretation (emphasis: Russian), Monterey Institute of International Studies; speaks/reads/writes competent Spanish and reads Russian.