Heidi Smith Parker

Chief of Grant Strategy 

Dr. Heidi Smith Parker is the Chief of Grant Strategy, and supports faculty across departments within USC Dornsife. We offer consulting and editing services for federal grant submissions spanning the US National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy. Dr. Parker is passionate about science outreach, and is especially focused on helping faculty develop NSF Broader Impacts. Prior to USC, Dr. Parker was a grant consultant for Michigan State University (2015-2017). She has a doctorate in Biological Sciences from Columbia University where she studied neurogenetics and behavior in nematodes. She pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Texas, Austin in the field of animal behavior and genetics, using frogs. She has nearly a decade of experience in editing manuscripts, books, and grant proposals.

Contact: hkparker@usc.edu | (213) 764-0198

Sarah Bishop

Humanities Grant Consultant

Sarah Bishop is USC Dornsife’s Humanities Grant Consultant. She is excited to work with humanities faculty to identify funding opportunities, brainstorm proposal ideas, and hone winning grant applications. Sarah is also the founder and CEO of Coneflower Consulting, a non-profit consulting firm that specializes in grant development. Prior to founding Coneflower, Sarah served as Associate Director of the Hall Center for the Humanities and Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, both at the University of Kansas. Sarah has her B.A. in English literature from Northwestern University, and her Ph.D. in 20th Century American Literature and Film from the University of Virginia.

Contact: sarahbis@usc.edu