This role is responsible for leading the full range of activities required to conceptualize, prepare, submit, and manage SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant proposals to NIH, NSF, DoE, and other US Government Agencies. Responsible for sourcing new funding opportunities, producing highest quality written scientific documents for funding applications and publication, including writing, editing, and proofreading grant proposals, as well as supporting end-client with interface with the Funding Agencies. Career Development For highly motivated and ambitious individuals Alien Technology Transfer can offer fast career progression. Further career steps will successively lead to higher responsibility in quality management of the production team and coordination of the quality management unit in the Italian office of the Alien Technology Transfer group. Future career development may imply both travels and/or transfers in other European and American foreign offices of the Alien Technology Transfer group.
- Analyse and critically evaluate scientific papers, technical documents and business plans related to innovative technologies and new product development ideas
- Draft high quality grant applications; translate scientific abstracts into lay terms
- Identify fit between granting agencies’ research needs and the end-client’s product roadmap and technical focus.
- Manage deadlines and deliverables and keep all involved parties on schedule
- Perform literature/product searches on new ideas to understand and assess novel advancements as they relate to end client’s product roadmap.
- Work closely with technical and business staff in developing successful SBIR/STTR grant proposals
- Identify and effectively describe the business model and strategy of the new product to be developed
- Plan the industrialisation activities, including the work-packages, GANTT chart and budgeting
- Deliver project meetings and maintain relationship with national and international companies to undertake new product development processes
- Supply chain development involving the preparation and negotiation of commercial agreements with industrial partners and service providers
- Development of full commercialisation and financial plans for project results exploitation
- All other duties as assigned
- EU citizen or EU working visa.
- PhD in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, medicine or other life sciences.
- Postdoctoral fellows with grant writing experience preferred.
- Strong scientific academic background.
- Communication for Impact: Exceptional verbal and written English language communications skills, presentation skills, diplomacy, perceptual objectivity, active listening.
- Highly analytical
- Business language fluency
- Capable of autonomous objective-oriented work (to be proven by previous experiences)
- Excellent time management skills (to be proven by previous experiences)
- Excellent client relationship management (to be proven by previous experiences)
- Well organised and keen to take on responsibility
Previous experience required:
- Proven experience writing grants.
- Further experience with NIH, NSF or DoE SBIR proposals, other US Funding Agencies and other government funding mechanisms considered a plus.
- Minimum 1 year scientific writing experience, preferably in a research/academic environment.
- Complex network management with different multidisciplinary stakeholders involved
- Business plan preparation considered a plus
- Any kind of involvement in start-ups/spinoffs considered a plus
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