University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Kristen Brantley
In brief, what is your role at Hanover?
As a Grants Research Associate I compile a variety of reports for health care and higher education partners to assist them in the grant proposal process. For instance, I will investigate potential funders for our partners’ specific projects and send the partner a list of foundations or federal opportunities worth pursuit, with an overview of how to approach each opportunity. I also conduct literature reviews to inform partners of current funding landscapes, best practices in a variety of activities, and how similar organizations are securing grants. These reports may help partners focus their proposals in a certain way or develop new ideas for projects that may be funded.
Why did you decide to work at Hanover?
During my time at UNC and post-graduation, I conducted laboratory research in the biochemistry field. From this experience, I gained insight into how federal funding for laboratories worked, and how difficult it is for investigators to secure grants. From watching my PIs write grant after grant, I took an interest in the grant-writing process. I decided to work at Hanover because it allowed me to continue using my experience in the scientific field to help PIs at various universities who request our services. I also have a strong interest in health care, and because Hanover has a variety of health care partners, I figured it would be a good way to develop knowledge and skills in this general area, in order to be able to take this knowledge and more directly assist health care institutions in the future.
In your opinion, what sets Hanover apart from other organizations?
I believe Hanover is unique in its determination to create employee satisfaction. Though the work can be demanding, the company tries to make the experience positive for employees. Service activities and access to football games pull employees together from different teams and the office is casual and comfortable.
Why should graduates at your alma mater be interested in working at Hanover?
Hanover is an especially good company for those coming straight out of school. The work, at least what I do, is research-focused, so skills from university classes are used every day. There are opportunities to learn and to develop, especially because it is a relatively new company. Not to mention, the location (D.C.) is great for young graduates, making for an excellent overall quality of life.
What is your favorite part of your job/the company?
My favorite part of the job is being able to learn something new and interesting from day to day because of the variety of projects I am assigned. I also enjoy being able to work with really great people on the grants team. Having friendly, intelligent coworkers is a definite plus, and because the knowledge-base of other team members is vast, I feel I am able to learn a lot, especially from my directors and managers. I also like that there is potential to move up in the company.