Center for Sustainable Initiatives
Leading in
Grant Development
For Over 35 Years!

Our Experience Matters

Research Associates (RA) is the premier grants development firm helping school districts, nonprofits, universities, and health organizations across the nation achieve their purpose through grants. Since 1985, we have developed over 270 funded grants for school districts, universities, and large non-profits totaling nearly $650 million in grant funds.

Over $30 million in funded literacy grants such as Innovative Approaches to Literacy, Early Reading First, Improving Literacy through School Libraries, and Striving Readers.


Over $20 million in funded Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) grants for programs such as Investing in Innovation, Department of Defense Education Activity, Innovation Fund, Youth CareerConnect, and National Science Foundation.


Over $86 million in funded grants for teacher and leader effectiveness initiatives including Teacher and School Leader Incentive Fund, Teacher Incentive Fund, Teacher Quality Partnership, School Leadership Program, Professional Development for Arts Educators, National Professional Development Program, and Investing in Innovation.

Teacher Effectiveness

Over $28 million in workforce development funding through programs including Youth CareerConnect, Investing in Innovation, Georgia Innovation Fund, Race to the Top-District, and Department of Defense Education Activity.

Workforce Development

Over $12 million in funded grants addressing the needs of the whole student such as School Climate Transformation, Project Prevent, Investing in Innovation, and Elementary and Secondary School Counseling.


Over $90 million in funded grants focusing on high school reform and post-secondary readiness including GEAR UP, Smaller Learning Communities, Advanced Placement, Incentive Program, Investing in Innovation, Extended School Year Start-Up, and High School Graduation Initiative.

Post-Secondary Readiness

Over $20 million in Race to the Top-District funding focusing on individualized, personalized learning strategies using a blended learning approach with 1:1 devices.

Personalized Learning

Over $12 million in federal grants for a variety of departments focusing on health care, physical education, AIDS prevention, homelessness, and support for veterans.

Health and Human Services

Over $40 million in funded grants, focusing on early childhood, such as Head Start and Early Reading First, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers and After-School Quality Improvement that serve K-8.

Early Childhood/After-School

Our Process Matters

Our grant development process begins long before a Request for Proposal (RFP) is released and continues beyond the submission of your grant proposal. Our time-tested process achieves greatest return on investment with 100% on-time submission.

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    We start the proposal development process by facilitating a dialogue with key leaders to craft a logic model which brings clarity to the program you are developing, creates consensus around the grant program, and focuses your evaluation.

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    After the logic model is complete, we conduct a needs assessment to gather statistical information, anecdotal observations, and data on the target population.

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    We then conduct comprehensive research to identify landmark studies, model programs, current trends, promising practices, and the most recent scientifically based research.

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    Once the RFP is released, we conduct a review of grant requirements and consult with you on key issues related to your competitiveness.

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    We then request information required for online applications to ensure your registration it is both valid, current, and in alignment with the competition due date.

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    Next, we engage the reviewer with negative data or anecdotal stories to demonstrate a strong need for grant funding.

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    In this section, we describe the project, beginning with the goals and objectives and outlining research-based strategies and activities to achieve those goals.

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    A strong timeline anchors this section describing necessary steps for both program management and program services.

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    Our experienced evaluation team describes how the program will be evaluated, outcomes will be measured, and program results will be disseminated.

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    We develop strong budgets that comply with federal regulations regarding allowable costs while meeting the needs of your organization to implement the program. For programs that require matching funds, we work with you to identify sources.

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    Each competition involves a standard set of forms, required appendices, and additional documents, such as the abstract and letters of support. These documents often require your participation to confirm commitments and secure signatures.

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    In our quest for excellence, each component is reviewed multiple times for clarity and flow, content, depth and breadth of research, and alignment with the RFP. We typically build in two, 24 hour reviews for you to provide feedback.

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    The final version of all documents, based on your feedback, are carefully reviewed in-house until all materials are ready for submission. We then complete the online application, upload application components, and submit.

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    We provide you with an electronic copy of the application package and perform an in-depth analysis of all reviewer comments. For proposals that are not funded, we will rewrite your proposal—at no charge—for the next competition of the same grant program, if you are still eligible.

Our Team Matters

Research Associates embraces a team approach and will work collaboratively with you to develop a program model that meets the grant requirements and your specific needs. Our team of specialists help you achieve high success rates and maximum grant awards.

Cherish Mack
Marketing & Project Coordinator

Our Team Approach sets us apart as we custom-develop each proposal to be high quality and competitive with a program-driven budget that complies with federal and program regulations.

John Wentzell, CPA
Director of Finance

Our expert Grant Writers craft innovative program designs and tell your story in powerful ways ensuring that your proposal is clear, concise, polished, professional, and error-free.

Our Partners Matter

Research Associates builds long-term partnerships through exceptional service, attention to detail, innovative best practices, and high quality work. Partner surveys from the last five years indicate that 100% of partners would use RA again and would recommend RA to others.

The best part was starting from scratch with our team and having a great proposal at the end of the process. I am always amazed how they take a few sentences, thoughts, and ideas to come up with a wonderful plan to help students and teachers.

Project Director, Georgia

The RA team shows a sincere interest in the program and builds a relationship with our team. I like the comprehensive approach to the process and that you have expertise in research, writing, project management, and editing.

Project Director, Florida

We can’t thank you enough for developing the grant!! Wow—you were amazing in such a time crunch!! You are indeed the GRANT EXPERTS!

Director of Grants, Georgia

I have truly enjoyed working with you and all of the team. The support and guidance you have given to me cannot easily be put into words. Thank you for your commitment to us and our initiatives.

Project Director, South Carolina

Thank you all for the tremendous work you invested in our district! You all are true partners! You all are amazing.

Executive Director, North Carolina

Thank you all for a super-smooth and super-successful process! What a thorough and stellar job! Beautiful!

Grant Officer, South Carolina

It has been a pleasure to collaborate with your team on this exciting opportunity. We appreciate everyone’s attention to content, detail, and deadlines.

Executive Director, Massachusetts

Thank you so much for such excellent customer service! I have enjoyed working with you and the team in developing this grant. Kudos—it’s a winner!

Assistant Superintendent, Georgia

Thank you for helping us through this process and for your leadership. We look forward to working with you as we seek to impact literacy and help our children develop a love for reading.

Superintendent, North Carolina

Another great experience in the books! Your lines of communication have always been great; we know you are always right there!

Associate Superintendent, Georgia

I appreciated the research that RA did in regard to demographics and programming. In addition, not having to focus on the grammar and document formatting pieces took a load off my plate.

The team was able to assimilate lots of information that I gave them a bout our district and our goals with limited knowledge or us ahead of time. Their ability to listen closely to learn about us and to determine how to focus all of this in a grant was outstanding.

Giving Back Matters

Research Associates was founded in 1985 by Mike DuBose with a purpose of creating opportunities to improve lives. Since then, RA has positively impacted the lives of many through its monetary donations, hands-on community service activities, and in-kind donations of goods and services.

Hosting and participating in blood drives to help save lives.

Picking up trash to make our community a cleaner place.

Donating time, money, and goods for the pet shelter.

Collecting clothing, furniture, and school supplies for homeless families.

Donating items and helping sort food for the hungry.

Hosting pet supply drives for no-kill animal shelters.

Donating items and volunteering to help the homeless.

Donating items and helping sort food for the hungry.

Sorting and packing toys and clothes for the Angel tree.

Hosting a holiday craft party for families in recovery.

Donating and sorting clothes for newborns in need.

Helping in a resale store to benefit a women’s shelter.

Contact Us

Research Associates (RA) is the premier grants development firm helping education, health, and human service organizations across the nation achieve their purpose through grants.

Cherish Mack

Cherish Mack

Marketing & Project Coordinator


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