About Us


 Founding of Innovative Research Grants, LLC

Robert Finney, Ph.D. founded Innovative Research Grants, LLC.  In addition to his doctoral and postdoctoral training in Biology and Molecular Biology, he has formal training in Project Management, Six Sigma, and Knowledge Management - and  extensive training in Grant Writing and Grant Evaluation - applicable to both non-profit and for-profit organizations.      

"I have been fortunate to have received scientific research training under some fabulous mentors: Dr. David Soll, University of Iowa and Dr. J. Michael Bishop, UCSF.   In my academic, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology career, I have also been fortunate to have led, worked side-by-side with, or provided products and services for some highly talented research teams comprised of chemists, biologists, molecular biologist, biochemists, bioinformatics, computer scientists, and others.   It ultimately provided the broad scientific and business expertise I needed to found my own company (initially SBIR funded) with clients and products used throughout the world.  What I have excelled at and become well known for is the ability to identify high-priority problems, ask the right questions, assemble innovative solutions, and then communicate them clearly, concisely, and convincingly to attain desired goals and objectives (grants, contracts for research projects, partners, etc).  It is exactly the skill set and art required to attain grant awards in today’s hyper-competitive grant environment and it is largely responsible for the success I have had assisting my clients.  Combined with my formal and extensive training in grant writing and evaluation, it is what separates my services from the rest of the grant writing community."  

"I am retiring from my biotechnology company, but I have no intention of leaving science and the research community I love.  Instead, I have refocused my skills to grant and career consulting.  It is one of the best and most exciting choices I have made for some time.  I get to work with fabulous researchers, keep abreast of cutting edge science, use my skills to attain grant awards for clients, advance client careers, and do so from anywhere I happen to be at the time.  It is why I founded Innovative Research Grants, LLC."  

"For academic researchers, I provide services to an elite group of researchers for individual grant assistance and career development assistance. I quite frankly have put early careers or stalled careers on track for success and advancement to meet client goals and ambitions.   

For academic institutions and departments, I provide services to transform the success of your researchers.  From vast experience, I can tell you that most of your faculty do not know what they do not know to consistently compete in today's hyper-competitive grant environment.  Through a series of workshops, I transform the proposal development and writing environment of institutions and departments: Having a community of researchers all on the same page for knowledge of successful grantsmanship provides the competitive edge to propel your researchers to higher success - and more revenues.  I believe there is no better return on investment that you can provide.  

For small businesses, I am considered by some as the "go to" person for assistance with Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant development and writing assistance in the Pacific Northwest (although I have clients throughout the US).  This partly stems from my ongoing seminars provided through Life Sciences Washington (the life sciences trade association for the State of Washington) and through my exceptional success rates.  I work with both larger and smaller companies with flexible payment options so that I can accommodate the needs of my clients.


Our Mission

The mission of Innovative Research Grants, LLC is to promote the mission of NIH, NSF, and Others by
enabling academic and industry researchers to realize their full potential.  

Because we specialize assisting clients that are struggling in today's grant environment, there is only one way for us to attain our mission - and that is by committing to each client and going the extra mile to to arrive at funding solutions that make them successful.  We take great pride in what we do - where your success is our success.   


Leverage Our Expertise Today - 

to attain grant awards and otherwise advance your career.

We prefer that you contact us using our contact form, but you may also email us at info@innovativeresearchgrants.com.