This winter I taught a proposal writing course for graduate students wanting to pursue careers in research, and many of them were looking for postdoc positions for next year. This newsletter contains links to some good resources we turned up so please pass it on to your postdocs; if any of them want to be added to C3’s newsletter, they can do so here http://www.c3science.com/news/ .
Before I get to links, though, I want to put in a plug for throwing some institutional support your postdoc’s way. Some of my C3 clients already do this, by finding resources at their universities to get help for postdocs putting in proposals (by hiring me, or someone else); as a result, their postdocs are getting funded and are also acquiring useful tools to take with them in their careers by learning how to put a solid proposal together. In this case, a rising tide definitely floats all boats. Sometimes, it’s a matter of asking and making a case that, in the end, it will save the department money to raise the hit rate on notoriously difficult-to-get-funded mechanisms like R21s.
You probably know about the National Postdoc Association, but if you don’t, you should surf around their website. It has lots of good resources, if you can wade through a lot of text. I’ll call some out here.