Altaclair Consulting LLC

Grant and proposal writing services, specializing in science, research, technology, and higher education in STEM

NSF and NIH grant writing and editing

SBIR grant consultant

Academic journal manuscript editing

Laura Rodman, Ph.D., is a grant writing consultant with more than 30 years of experience writing award-winning grant proposals, as well as white papers and research publications. She provides proposal development services for clients nationwide, particularly for colleges and universities, research institutions, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Her services include writing, editing, reviewing, and coaching.


Laura Rodman has a Ph.D. in engineering and worked in engineering research prior to becoming a grant writer. Her expertise combines scientific and technical understanding with strong proposal writing skills. Laura has the analytical background and ability to grasp key innovations and to write about them clearly and persuasively. As a former Principal Investigator working under federal sponsorship, she has first-hand knowledge of the specific requirements of R&D proposals.

Laura has written award-winning proposals on federal, state, and private projects and has helped her clients win funding ranging from $50,000 to $11 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA, and the U.S. Departments of Energy (DOE), Agriculture (USDA), Defense (DoD), Transportation, Education, and Health and Human Services.

NSF Grant Consultant

Laura's specialty area is NSF grant writing. Laura has written 58 awarded NSF proposals for her clients totaling $37 million:

  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER)
  • Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI)
  • Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*)
  • Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S‑STEM)
  • Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE)
  • IUSE: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI)
  • STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)
  • Professional Formation of Engineers (PFE)
  • Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
  • Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
  • Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SoS:DCI)
  • Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES)

SBIR/STTR Grant Consultant

Laura has written 15 awarded SBIR proposals totaling $3.5 million. Agency experience includes

  • NSF
  • Department of Defense
  • NASA
  • NIH

Additional Federal Grant Program Experience

  • NIH Specialized Center
  • NIH Research Project
  • NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award
  • USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
  • Department of Energy, including ARPAE
  • and more…

Writing Services

Laura is available for large or small jobs. Working with your subject matter experts, she can assist with background research and project design, and she will write your proposal as an iterative process, soliciting your feedback as the narrative takes shape. She can manage the proposal development process, including adherence to internal and external deadlines. Her management experience includes working with multiple collaborating partners on joint applications.

Laura's writing strengths include the ability to

  • expand an outline of technical concepts into a narrative;
  • integrate information from multiple sources to create a cohesive document written in one voice; and
  • ensure proper organization, formatting, and compliance with instructions and page limits.

Editing and Reviewing Services

Your funding proposal narrative must be clear and focused on your message, so the reviewers can easily visualize and grasp your proposed concept and its benefits. Before you submit, Laura can review and edit your proposal to ensure your application is well organized, complies with the application instructions, and presents a strong argument for funding support.

Academic Manuscript Editing

Laura has extensive experience writing and editing peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, white papers, and technical reports. She can assist authors by editing manuscripts with attention to organization, language usage, emphasis, and clarity.

Coaching Services

Laura can coach early-career researchers in grant writing and help them develop their ideas through an iterative process of review, critique, and editing. She will help ensure that the narrative is both compelling to reviewers and meets the requirements of the funding agency.