SBIR / STTR grant writers

The individuals listed below have grant writing experience and can help Missouri small businesses with SBIR/STTR grant proposals.

Central Missouri (Columbia)

Name: Bob Glidewell
Phone: 573-882-7331

Bob Glidewell is a grant writer for the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business at the University of Missouri. He works closely with the Associate Dean for Graduate Research and Studies, college faculty, the Missouri Training Institute, and the Missouri Innovation Center to research possible program sponsors and to develop grant proposals. This includes interdisciplinary partnerships with other schools and colleges within the MU campus, especially in projects that seek Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding from federal and state agencies. In 2008, at the invitation of the National Science Foundation, he applied for and was accepted as a potential SBIR/STTR Phase l and ll proposal reviewer.

Bob began his grant writing career in 1996 and has assisted various non-profit organizations in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. He is a member of the Association of Grant Writing Professionals. His publications include newspaper, magazine, and journal articles as well as training manuals for both corporate and government clients. He serves as the co-editor for a small book publishing firm in New Mexico and as a member of its board. Bob has a BA in political science from Southwest Oklahoma State University and a BA in English-creative writing non-fiction from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Name: Mary M. Licklider, PhD
Phone: 573-445-4322 home / 816-819-4695 cell

Mary Licklider is the founding director of the Office of Grant Writing and Publications in MU’s Office of Research. In this role, she provided leadership to the University of Missouri Grant Writer Network, initiated and taught grantsmanship courses and seminars, collaborated with faculty members on proposal preparation, and administratively oversaw MU’s federal priorities and limited submission processes. She developed and continues to teach in the MU graduate certificate in grantsmanship program. Mary has worked in education for some 30 years in roles involving teaching, writing, research, publication, and leadership at both the K12 and postsecondary levels.

Mary initiated the University of Missouri (MU) Grant Writer Network in 1998 and it grew and thrived in the University’s interdisciplinary climate. From one position in 1998, the Network grew to 18 positions in 2012. By the time Mary retired, Network members had helped with nearly 2,000 grant proposals which encompassed a wide range of sponsors and brought grant awards of more than $304 million to MU. Under Mary’s leadership, the Network published Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and tools for College Faculty, which pulls together some of the collective wisdom that evolved through the generous collaborative relationships that characterize the Network.

Mary holds a BA in English from Webster University, as well as an MEd in curriculum and instruction and a PhD from MU in education, focusing on organizational change. She is a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals, the Grant Professionals Association, and the Society of Research Administrators. In addition, she and her husband raise alpacas in rural Boone County, Missouri, and are active in MOPACA, the Midwest’s regional association for alpaca enthusiasts.

Name: Bryce Oates
Phone: 573-639-9117

Some experience writing SBIR grants.

Western Missouri (Kansas City / Warrensburg)

Name: Julie Assel, GPC and Tom Assel, MS (Assel Consulting)
Phone: 913-908-4150

Julie Assel is the principal writer for Assel Consulting. So far, she has written awarded grant totally more than $85 million since 2003. She has written federal grants to the National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation as well as to the Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has taught NIH SBIR grant writing sessions and run a NIH SBIR Boot Camp through the SBTDC. She became a credentialed grant professional in 2010 through the Grant Professionals Certification Institute, holds a Fundraising Certificate from the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and has a bachelor’s degree in Education.

Prior to starting her own business in 2008, she worked as the grant and medical writer/quality assurance officer for Cardiovascular Imaging Technologies and the coordinator of grants and special projects for the Kansas City Missouri School District. She has also worked as the grant writer for KidsTLC (formerly TLC for Children and Families). She is president of the Heart of America Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association as well as a member of Nonprofit Connect and the Association for Fundraising Professionals.

Tom Assel was most recently employed at Garmin International as a software engineer. He received his master’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, where he received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering with Summa Cum Laude honors.

Name: Suman Saripalli
Phone: 785-979-1116

Suman Saripalli is a grant writer focused on SBIR and STTRs. He has written almost 150 SBIR and STTR proposals since 1992, and has raised more than $17 million for several small businesses through these programs, from the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Science Foundation, NIH, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Education. He has won the SBA’s Tibbetts Award twice for excellence in the SBIR program.

He conducts several SBIR workshops through the University of Missouri, and the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac Tech program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA. He has mentored several companies through the SBIR proposal process, and also provides post-award advice in the areas of federal grant and contract accounting, rules interpretation, commercialization strategy, etc. He is available as a consultant to firms that are seeking help with SBIR proposals and projects.

Name: Lisa D. Stewart, Lisa D. Stewart Consulting
Phone: 913-385-2558 office / 816-377-9527 cell

Kansas City-based grant and corporate writer Lisa D. Stewart crafts grant proposals targeted to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Missouri Department of Agriculture, Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) grant program and other state and federal grant programs. She has submitted proposals to the Environmental Protection Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USDA, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Ms. Stewart also assists young companies by crafting business plans and investor presentations that tell an irresistible story about the company and its products. For holders of new patents, Ms. Stewart positions intellectual property for licensing or sale through compelling marketing materials that analyze the patent’s market and explain why the new patent is an important innovation. Three agriculture products found their place on store shelves thanks to Missouri Department of Agriculture grants Stewart obtained for her clients between 2003 and 2007. She also assisted these companies as their primary salesperson.

Press releases and feature magazine articles that Ms. Stewart wrote between 1985 and 1998 launched her own family’s patented line of saddles, creating one of the largest custom saddleries in the United States. Since then she has written feature articles and press releases that have appeared in top magazines for Ortho-Flex Saddle Company, Missouri Pecan Growers, Nevada, Mo., Old World Spices & Seasonings, Kansas City, Mo., and other companies.

Northeast Missouri (Hannibal)

Name: Amy Meyer
Phone: 573-470-1494

Amy Meyer is the Administrator of the Family Farm Opportunity Center, a cooperative and business development resource. She also serves part-time as the communications and outreach coordinator for Missouri Farmers Union, and has served in that capacity since January of 2005.

Amy was raised on a diversified family farm in Bowling Green, Missouri and continues to operate an Angus and commercial cow-calf operation with her brother. She also assists her husband in managing his families’ diversified crop and livestock farm near Hannibal, Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management and previously served as the Director of Membership and Education for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union in Denver, Colorado.

She has significant experience in grant administration and preparation particularly in agriculture, youth programs and rural development. She has managed grants from both federal/state government entities and private foundations. She currently resides in Northeast Missouri, and is interested in assisting in any grant administration clients and/or preparation.

Other locations

Name: Kay C. Peck, CFRE
Phone: 505-454-0060

Kay C. Peck, CFRE, has more than 18 years of experience as a fundraiser and program development professional serving nonprofit organizations. During her tenure as a director on the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Board of Directors (2004-2007), she was a key decision maker for programs serving 27,000 fundraising professionals world-wide. As the AFP International Diversity Chair in 2004-2005, she led the way to creating initiatives such as AFP’s Diverse Communities Project based on the premise that individuals need not give up affinity with their own diverse communities in order to be part of a mainstream organization.

As a fundraiser, she has raised nearly $20 million for a wide variety or organizations, and as a program development consultant she has been key to creating, implementing and sustaining a wide range of programs including but not limited to: community organizing for farm laborers; supporting region-wide health and educational initiatives; providing training for Croatian non-governmental organizations striving to transition from public to private support; providing guidance in nurturing economic and social development for rural communities and more.